I didn't necessarily mean for it to happen. That is, I didn't step out onto the sidewalk this afternoon and think, "It's a great day to walk my first 5k!" As a matter of fact, it had been quite a crummy day, and all I wanted to do was push myself and get some happy endorphins going. Lo and behold, I look at my "Map My Walk" App at the end of my walk and see this:
Now, to be fair, I knew I had walked further than 2.5 miles, as I have done portions of this route before, but I was completely ecstatic to see that I had broken the 5K barrier. No, my time is not stellar, but I am so darn proud to say that I can walk this distance!
Although the overall time is slow, I do have to be proud of my split times as well (sorry, most of this info is cut off, but mile 1 and 2 were a bit over 20:00, and mile three was 23). When I first began "seriously" walking in January, I was walking nearly a 30 minute mile, so to have cut almost 10 minutes/mile off that time is a huge achievement as well.
Being inspired by Katie at Runs for Cookies, I think I am going to try to walk/jog/run/craw my way through a 5K race and invite some of my friends and family to join me (either as a cheerleader or as a racer). Not only could I potentially cross this off the bucket list that started this whole blog in the first place, but also just to celebrate the changes I have been making this year.