Last spring - no, the spring before last... time has slipped away from me, I went on an exercise bender. Gym 4 days a week, alternating between 45 to 60 minutes on the elliptical or walk/jogging a 5k on the treadmill and weight training. I went to a fancy running shoe store and dropped serious money on a pair of sneakers of running. I'd whiddled my way down to a 43 minute 5k (3.2 miles, if you're wondering), which although not great, was a marked improvement for me. I don't run as a general rule. I had all these fantasies about becoming a 'runner' and hitting some of the local trails. Ha!
As with most exercise spurts of mine, I fizzled out. Couldn't do a 43 minute 5k now if a tiger was chasing me. So naturally it is now, when I'm probably at a low point in my personal fitness, that I've signed up to do a 5k for work.
This Sunday, they're having the Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis. Our company is a major sponsor and as a result, we were encouraged heavily to participate. I figured it couldn't hurt, so I signed up to walk. My team is the Code-Hearted Snowmen (sorry for the programming pun, I am responsible for the name). So far, I've raised $125 and helped with a chili lunch today that raised another $540. Now all that's left for me to do is actually walk. I have no illusions of running. I did, however, consider taking the husky with me so he'd drag me to the finish line in record time. :)
Right now the forecast is for clear skies and highs in the low 70s. I'm hopeful. I really don't want to sludge through this in cold, wet, weather. But either way, I'll be tying on my overpriced running shoes and taking a stab at it.
Have you done any charity walks/runs before? Any plans to give back or volunteer in some way this holiday season? I'm not sure I can face gift wrapping at the mall again this year. Scary stuff.