Whew! What a day! This morning Mr. Kawaii and I got up at 3a.m. and drove to Astoria for the Great Columbia Crossing. I'm veeery sleepy now, so this is going to be a short posting but I wanted to be sure to update the blog with how AWESOME the day went.
This is the first walk I've done solo, and I wasn't sure how well I'd do on my own. But as the group of 3,000 walkers, joggers and runners headed across the starting line I looked through the crowd to find a couple of people who's pace I thought I could match and just followed them as they made their way through hundreds of people walking at a slower pace.
When I did this same walk last year, my time was 2 hours and 8 minutes... just fast enough to miss the bus that picks up the slow-pokes at the end of the race. This year though, after months of walking and other types of fitness training, I finished the 10k in 1 hour and 48 minutes. I couldn't believe I beat my previous time by a full twenty minutes!
I'm feeling pretty accomplished now, and I've got to give big thanks to a few people for helping me to make so much progress. To M and K, I thank you for walking the track with me this summer and hiking through the forest of Farmers' Markets. To E, thank you for listening to me gripe when I feel like I'm not making the progress I feel like I should (you're the best firefighter I know). And to my dear husband I would like to say a special thanks for being the best cheerleader a woman could have - seeing you at the finish line this morning made the whole walk worthwhile.
And do you blog readers, thank you for checking out the blog. Without your readership, I probably would have given up on my goal to be more fit months ago. You have all helped to inspire me to keep my promise to myself to be more healthy by keeping me accountable for the workouts I make as well as those I miss.
Now I am off for a couple of days of rest. Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week, and remember in whatever it is that you are hoping to achieve: the easiest way to get to the finish line is simply one step at a time.