Brookhaven Bolt 5K
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
On Saturday, May 15, I walked the Brookhaven Bolt 5K! I had registered for a few other 5K walks during the last few months, but for various reasons didn't do them. So I'm very proud of myself for finally following through, and actually getting up early and driving down there and finding the location and doing the race.
While waiting for the race to start, I wasn't nervous about being able to walk the whole distance. I've done it enough times on my own that I knew I could walk that far, even with it being hot. What I did worry about, though, was whether other people besides me would be walking rather than running. The race info said that walkers were welcome, but I didn't know if people would really come just to walk. I had visions of all these people running off at the starting line, leaving me in their dust as the lone walker. (Am I paranoid, or what?) As it turned out, a good amount of people walked, so that was nice.
Here are some other cool things from the race:
--The race raised money to benefit an elementary school.
--Kids had a race, too, before the adult race started.
--The springtime weather was beautiful, and the race course went through some very pretty neighborhoods.
--I watched two women who were near me during part of the race. One was obviously more fit than the other, and she was really supportive and encouraging to her less-fit friend. It was nice to see how they stuck together.
--A lot of people who lived along the route came out to watch the race, and cheered and clapped as runners and walkers went by.
--A group of about eight little girls came out in their pajamas to watch. A lady walking near me asked them if they'd had a slumber party, and they said they had. They were so cute standing in a row on the curb in their pajamas.
--I now have a race t-shirt to wear for inspiration when I exercise, and it's a large instead of an extra large!