I did a 5k yesterday. That might not be a big deal to some people, but it’s a pretty big deal to me.
Some of you may know, many likely do not know, that from a bad accident years ago, my left leg, ankle, and foot is held together by pins, screws, and plates. Walking is pretty darn painful for me, and that’s why I avoid it as much as I can. Riding a bicycle isn’t as much of an issue because the motion is different, and I really enjoy biking, but this 5k supported one of our pet projects, the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana, home to a couple hundred lions, tigers, panthers, and more.
We drove over (about 90 minutes from home) in a steady rain, and I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. Then when we got there, we found out that the parking area is about 1/2 mile from the event, so I was going to be adding another mile of walking to a 5K I already wasn’t sure I’d be able to do or not.
But, as the start time drew near, the skies cleared, and off we went.
My wife walks a LOT, so we decided we’d both go at our own pace. I didn’t want to slow her down, so I lost track of her as we crossed the start line. I started near the end of the pack because I didn’t want to get in the way of faster walkers and runners.
I finished in about 1.5 hours. I’ve not seen the final results, but I believe I finished dead last out of about 500 walkers.
And that’s OK with me. I finished. I’m glad I did it, but, in the future, I think I’ll stick to my bike. 🙂
Here are a few photos of the event.
A couple in the starting area.
A couple from the starting line.
And the finish line, as I was approaching it. I’ve never been so happy to see anything in my life!