Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The 5K


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’ve long given up on growing crocus in my yard.  Between chipmunks, squirrels and deer they never survive.  But it was nice to see some on my walk.

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.




Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

12 thoughts on “The 5K

  1. Good time of year to get out and walk…not too hot, not too cold. Have fun reaching your 30 days goal! Will katie be joining you?


  2. Sounds like you had a good mind clearing walk – gotta love those. Okay, I am holding you accountable – 30 minutes a day you say – I will be checking up on you to see if you are sticking to it.


  3. Are you going to tell us what the first photo is exactly? Inquiring minds what to know….


  4. I’m so glad you made the walk too! We had a fine time, and did not get rained on, although it is pouring and thundering now. I hope your 30 minutes a day refreshes your mind and spirit and makes your toes tingle. I won’t hold you to it. I’ll just wish you such delight in the striving that you naturally reach your goal. Happy April.


  5. Sara, Katie won’t be participating with me on my 30 min a day because she slows me down. But don’t worry she’ll still get her “adventure with Mama” time.

    Might tell you what that first picture is…maybe….or might post another photo to help you figure it out.

    Reilly…yes hold me to it. I am already worried about how to get it in tomorrow…a busy day.

    Gerry…it was a great 5K….glad you didn’t get rained on. We are watching the weather up there, stay safe!


  6. Sounds like a great walk today and a great plan (30 min for 30 days). Good luck!!


  7. My walk today with Sarah was probably only 1K, but I made up for the rest of the exercise with yard work. Am a bit envious because you heard PEEPERS, and I haven’t yet, but that’s what I get for going uphill instead of down. Did you do the more than 5K in only 30 minutes? You must be a fast walker, Dawn.


  8. Atta Dawn! “And will you succeed? “And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!” Dr. Seuss


  9. 30 minutes for 30 days, what a great idea! Wishing you lots of luck. Glad you enjoyed your 5K!


  10. It is a time to celebrate when the weather finally encourages us to get out there in it, whether it’s walking or yard work or whatever suits you. Yea Spring!


  11. It looks like it was a wonderful walk, even with the mud. As you pointed out, it’s not snow. 🙂

    Good luck with your new exercise routine.


  12. Way to go Dawn! It just cracks me up whenever you say that Katie would not be able to keep up with you. All the dogs here kick my butt on walks, runs and hikes. In fact, I think if it wasn’t for them demanding me to get out the door and walk, I probably wouldn’t do it regularly.


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