As I start writing this, it is 10:30 p.m., Thursday night.
In 36 hours, I will be starting my first 5K walk.
It's not the distance. I do that distance every time I'm out...and then some. It's the fact that it's an EVENT. It's a THING. There will be other PEOPLE there. People I have to keep up with. People to measure myself against. People who aren't slowing down to stay with me. People who are going to be going their own pace, perhaps even racing to be in the top however-many.
What if I come in last?
I don't want to be last. That's like being the first person voted out of "Survivor" or "Big Brother." Although, you could argue that at least in those situations, people had to beat out a BUNCH of other people to even be on the show. Here, all I had to do was sign up and pay my registration fee.
What if the hills slow me down?
I typically do trails that are relatively flat. This course is going to have some hills to it. What if I can't keep up the pace on the hills?
Yeah, I know I'm being silly. I know people do 5K walks and runs all the time. But this is my FIRST, and I always tend to freak out a bit when going into a new situation.
Okay. Let's look at the positives.
I'm faster and stronger than I was two months ago. I walk five miles at a time without blinking an eye. (Maybe a little huffing and puffing, but no blinking.) The last three times I've done 5-mile walks, the pace has been under 15 min/mile - and I NEVER thought I'd see that! (I thought I'd scream when I realized I did four miles this morning in 58:30.)
There's 20 pounds less of me to have to shuffle around.
I will have 2/3 of my support team right there walking with me - Jim & Sandi - and I know Matt will be with me in spirit.
I have the *perfect* shirt to wear (unless I wear my event shirt - I won't know if that's requested until I pick up my registration packet tomorrow) - one from the Cancer Center in Indy which brings awareness to ALL the different kinds of cancer.
I'm taking the day off from walking tomorrow, so I'll be rested and ready to get back at it by Saturday.
Yep...don't think I could be much more ready than I am.
Here we goooo!!!!!!
One last time:
I'm not making direct pleas for support, but if you have enjoyed any of my blogs over the past month, if even one thing I've said has made you smile or - better yet - made you think, "Hey, I could do that," then please consider supporting me and Jim in this fundraiser.
Simply go to the event home page linked below. Once there, on the left-hand side, click the link for "support participant" and type Bohn in as the last name. That should give you a link to go to our direct fundraising page.
Hoosers Outrun Cancer 5K