AUGUST 6, 2018 WAS THE DATE OF THE 5K for which I started training on Memorial Day. My plan to accomplish this goal challenge was outlined in a BLOG post in May; the intent was to WALK rather than run. This was to be my first time ever to train to speed walk a race.
“Fastest 5K” plan, copied from the original BLOG post and edited in bold :
By the time the runners had reached the halfway mark turn-around and began to head back to the finish (it was an out and back course), I was mentally eager to cheer the leaders and friends as they ran by me. It was somewhat lonely during the 3rd mile when most runners were no longer on the course. There were no race participants within view in front, and a few people who walked-ran behind me.
A secondary purpose of my walking effort, beside challenging myself, was to encourage future broader participation in this yearly event by other walkers of all ages. The conference’s 5k ‘fun run’ had originally drawn many walkers, but it had become more competitive over the past decade. I was hoping to demonstrate that walking could be either competitive or fun, and physically easier for those who weren’t able to run or needed a mental or physical break from hard running.
Regardless of whether or not the secondary aim was achieved, my primary challenge goal was met. I showed that my walking pace could improve significantly with training and that a walked-race finish was a personal success I could celebrate.
I earned my 2018 SUMMER CHALLENGE II: “FASTEST 5K” sticker on August 6; “Yay me!”. What about you?
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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