I participated in my third 5K race on Sunday, and what a fabulous experience it was! Imagine this: a cool Florida dawn with the track running alongside a misty field full of grazing cows, continuing down a tree-lined lane and back. A bit of heaven, to my way of thinking!
Last year I walked my first race, but now I alternate between running and walking. Not long stretches of running, mind you. On this day, I was praying a rosary while I was racing, walking during the first half of each Hail Mary and running during the second half. With such divine assistance, I shaved two minutes off my previous time. Progress!
To top it off, I made a new friend during the race! Her name was Jacqui, and what an encouragement she was! She told me that she used to have osteoporosis, but that her bones were fine now. She said that training and participating in these races were just the thing! Jacqui also told me about a program by Jeff Galloway that trains runners like me to participate in 5K, 10K, and even marathon races. I went on-line, found his website right away, and signed up for his monthly newsletter. In time, I might even join his training group in Daytona Beach.
In the meantime, the next item on my exercise agenda is to buy a good pair of running shoes. With a lighter step, my speed should increase. Want to join me for the next race? I just signed up for the 5K Run at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on March 1st. You can go to Alta Vista Sports to register on-line. Hope to see you there!