|April 2013 – 1st of the year – Time 48 minutes|
|Mother’s Day 2013 – 42 minutes|
|June 1st, 2013 – 3rd of year – 40 minutes|
I found a photo of me at my first 5k three years ago and could not believe what I looked like. I can see a tremendous difference in three years. I feel much better too! I was approximately 220 lbs in the photo on the left and I weigh 182 in the photo on the right. Judy would walk a lot faster than me after the first half mile. This year I did something I have never been able to do, I finished a couple minutes before Judy. I could not believe it. It took me a couple years, but I have really been pushing myself this year.
I would recommend participating in a 5k to anyone. It does not matter if you are a walker or a runner. There are a lot of 5ks that support both walkers and runners, just find one in your area that does. I do not want to be in an event with just runners. I could not do it, I walk/run in these races and I do not want to come in last.
- Train a little before hand. Make sure you are used to walking three miles and can do it.
- Bring an iPod or some sort of music device. I do much better on my own when I have music to listen to. I had a partner for the first two races so I did not need music, but the last one I did most of it on my own.
- Find the water at the end! I head straight for the bottled water after a race. I need to rehydrate and catch my breathe.
- Have something before the race. I usually have a banana or a cup of Oatmeal squares. Just something to give me energy.
- Pick a person to beat. After the first mile you will get a feel of other people’s speeds. I usually pick a person near me that I want to beat across the finish line. It helps me keep pushing myself and stay focused.
Get out there and give it a try. You will feel amazing when it is done and most races the proceeds go to a great cause.
Thanks Kelly for letting me guest post & I hope you are having an amazing time on vacation!