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December 31st, 2006
11:21 pm


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Today Bill and I went on the Belle Isle Family Fun Walk/Run.

We went 4 miles, starting and ending at the two-story Spanish building that used to be a casino and now mostly hosts events. I started at 3:05 with the Walking group, and Bill started at 3:30 with the running group, doing the same route. It was fun despite the wind and the rain on the first leg, and I was pleased to take up with a couple other women whose jogging pace was similar to mine --most of the fast walkers seemed to walk much faster than me, but from the first I was hoping to jog much of the time, and with jogging I could outpace a lot of the walkers. Much easier with someone to pace you. When we passed the 1 mile mark the volunteer there told me I was number 17 of the walkers. we passed a few more people and jogged the last leg into the end side by side, with runners dashing around us. We picked up papers that indicated we were the 5th, 6th, and 7th women from the walking section to finish, and someone else took our names and towns so Bill thinks I might end up in the detroit news.

It was a wonderful feeling to keep such a pace on my first event of this sort. Bill also kept the running pace he was hoping for, which meant that we finished at almost the exact same time - 31 minutes for him, 56 for me.

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Date:January 1st, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)

You are not a walker

How did you take 5th in the walking section when you were jogging? You do realize that there are people who walked the entire distance who should have placed ahead of you because they actually WALKED! hence the name "Walking Section." If you were going to run or jog, you should have been with the runners.
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Date:January 1st, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)

Re: You are not a walker

that's a good point. I don't know. there were quite a few people in our section jogging. this was very slow jogging. Noting that I took twice as long as Bill, I think it was an appropriate thing for me to do, for us, to start half an hour before him. I'm certainly not a runner, at least not as of yet.

I wasn't aiming to place, or anything, but I did want to finish about the same time as Bill and my calves and achilles tendon, etc, were too tight for me to walk that fast. it's been a tense few weeks for me. So I think the walk/jog combination and the start time were the right thing for me, and I was glad there were other people treating the event that way, but I do see what you mean about taking the place numbers. It was something one of the other women I was partnered up with had us stop in to do. I don't think most people were there for that, since they were calling out an announcement that they needed the 4th, etc, Men walkers to check in. There wasn't anything in the directions about checking in at the end.

Date:January 2nd, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)

Re: You are not a walker

I think that the most important thing about walking or jogging or cycling is to net get stressed by others who are faster then you. There are a hanfull of people at my favorite jogging-place that are quite faster then me and what i taught myself is to ignore them :)

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Date:January 2nd, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)

Re: Not getting stressed

Thanks! that's a good point!
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