Walking

Walking Qadishtu - 7 miles

So, today i walked 7 miles.

Why?

i have no idea except to prove that i could.

Actually, today, i was supposed to walk a 5k; my first 5k since my surgery in December. But, when i went to pay for it, it was sold out. So, yesterday my husband had a long motorcycle class. I took the opportunity to go for a walk after cleaning on the house all morning. i needed to find a pokestop for the day, so it was easy to plan out a walk which involved churches, which are pokestops. i also took out a poke gym while i was out there. 3 miles was accomplished without much sweat.

So, today, i had another opportunity to go walking. i went with the idea of walking 4 miles; up the ante a little bit. Then, i kept walking. When i reached 4 miles, it just felt like i could do more. i added in random bits of trails that were connected to the one i was on. Soon enough, it was 5 miles, and it felt like i could do more. Plus, what’s a half mile? i played pokemon for part of the walk; hatched some eggs. Then i would listen to a little of my audio book. It kept me going.

i also rescued a baby snake.

Heard some birds twitter pated over the creek i was walking by; a red-tailed hawk; a cardinal, and a couple of birds i’d never heard before.

A half mile would turn into another mile.

The hardest part was having to pee. At about 5.5 miles i made it back to where there was a bathroom. i took a quick pee, saw that there was another trail next to the bathroom that was only a half mile long….full of pokestops….so i decided to walk it and get my 6th mile done. At the end of the trail, i hadn’t reached the 6 mile mark. That meant i found a longer path, which had me over the 6 mile mark. Might as well do 7. And 7 i did.

i think it was just to prove to myself that i could do it. Plus, i’d already cleaned all morning, and if i went home i’d either veg in front of the tv or the computer and i’d rather be outside enjoying the day. Luckily, i didn’t get sunburnt.

i want to do it again.

Looks like next Sunday is free, unless the kids come over for Easter dinner. Maybe i can do 7 again.

Maybe i’m training for a half marathon. Maybe. Except i want to jog/walk the next one. And though i can walk 7 miles, i’m not so sure i can run any of it.

Today…if nothing else……i was a walking Qadishtu. Smiling and saying hello to everyone i came across.
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Color Me Rad - 5k report



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Some times i forget that i was also going to review 5k’s that we’ve participated in. Well, the most recent one we walked in was the one called ‘Color Me Rad’. It was a 5k that involved being doused with powdered and liquid color. That part of the race, was fun.....

But, the course it self was not very well thought out. They used the Fairgrounds in Hilliard and some of the old downtown streets. So, at the beginning, even though there were 3 starting times, it bottle-necked. I felt really bad for those that were trying to run for time. There wasn’t any real way to do that.

Dan decided to jog the race. i wanted to ask him not to, because that was the race that i was supposed to run. But, i got over that in a hot minute. He likes to run and there wasn’t any reason for me to hold him back. i was proud of him as he ran ahead. Maybe i’ll be able to do that one day.

We got stuck behind a group of girls walking together and there wasn’t any room to get around them. So, snails pace for awhile. Then, there was a line waiting to go under a canopy that was set up, for the liquid color. Like i said, i’m glad that i wasn’t really serious about my time for the race.

So, through the line at the color station and then, turn around and go back the way of the bottleneck and to the fairgrounds, onto the hours track. Another color station, bandana over the mouth. The track wasn’t too bad to walk on, but then the path went to some broken up asphalt and mud, where we had to dodge horse poo. Between almost tripping over the asphalt, slipping in the mud and side-stepping the poo....it’s a wonder i didn’t twist an ankle. i was not happy with this part of the trail at all and if this race is held there again, i won’t participate. i know they do it so that they can have the color stations....but it felt unsafe.

Another thing that frustrated me, was that it said to wear all white. So, i went out and bought all white. i don’t like white. i look like a marshmallow. Then, i get there. There is no one else in all white except us 3. Hundreds there and no one else in all white. Disappointing.

At least, even with the bottlenecks and unsafe course, i was able to shave 12 minutes off my 5k time. So, that was great. i had fun with the color stations as well. But, if was to grade the course.....i’d give it a 4 out of 10 and i really don’t know that i’ll do this race next year. Not worth the money, even though we used a group on.

Plus, through no fault of theirs, i was not able to jog it like i had planned.

i saw the pics of the event today....and there are pics of us. And as i said, i look like a marshmallow. All this work to lose this weight and i wouldn’t post those pics anywhere for others to see.

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