This afternoon I participated in a 5K. I was physically alone, but spiritually with several other people across blog-land. I first read about a 5K happening at noon on Sunday April 10 over at Gerry’s Torch Lake Views. I think Robin participated in the 5K too. A bit later Gerry decided to name her portion of the walk the Don Gould Memorial 5K. I never met Don, but he seems like he was a great guy. So on my 5K walk, miles away from the shores of Lake Michigan where Gerry walked, I thought about him, and lots of other great people I’ve known.
Soon enough though I got caught up in my surroundings. We don’t have a lot of spring color here yet. In fact things are pretty much the color of mud.
But it was warmer than we’ve had since last summer, and mud isn’t snow. There were lots of sounds coming from the swamps. Really loud sounds of peepers and blackbirds. Funny how you can tell there are a lot of peepers only a few feet from you but you can’t see them!
I had a lovely walk through farmland and woods.
And I found a little bit of color near the end of someone’s driveway.
I think I went a little longer than 5K, along what used to be my favorite route when I was a runner. I remembered where the mile markers were, but I wasn’t wearing a watch so I don’t know if I was fast or slow. I suspect slow, but it really doesn’t matter.
What matters is that I was out on a walk, thinking about people and things and enjoying being out in the fresh air…and even out in the mud. I think this is as good a time as any to start doing the 30 minutes of exercise every day for 30 days. I think it’s on my 101 things to do. So here I go…30 days…30 minutes a day. Starting now.
Wish me luck! And thanks Gerry, for motivating me to get out there and do more than my usual mile. I hope you had a wonderful 5K as well.
Even if you DID get rained on.