If it’s Mr. Bill…it must be a training update.
Today was a five mile walk. Last week was 4.4 miles. Remember, a 10K is 6.2 miles, so at 5 miles I’m getting closer to the actual distance. I walked on a course that I know. In fact, I used my usual walking route, added a block, walked it twice and lo and behold – five miles. The time? Well, much better than last week. In fact it was so much better that I had to stop and figure out why.
You see, the five miles took me 61 minutes. Or, 12.12 minutes per mile. Closer to what I expected last week, but did not achieve. Last week I did about 18 minute miles. Why? Well, I discovered there were two reasons. One, I got stopped at eight (8) signals waiting for a green light. I did not stop the clock/timer as I waited for the light to change And, two, I was walking in a lot of traffic, so I was very cautious of cars, which also slowed me down. Basic rule: Car versus human – car ALWAYS wins.
I also walked on dirt and rocks, sidewalks and in the street; I think the multiple surfaces slowed me down a little. And, I have to admit that I was a bit more focused on the walk today since I was not as concerned about traffic. Therein lies a life lesson: Pay attention to what you are doing; concentrate at the task at hand. (While very tempted, I will not refer to your fight in the War On Diabetes. Really. I won’t.)
So, what’s reality? I’d love to believe that 12 minute miles are the reality, but am thinking it’s closer to 13 minutes, or so. But, for now, I will gladly accept the 12 minute mile. Next week I will try a slightly different route. I am no longer worried about being able to finish the 10K – baring any accident or injury; now it’s about the time.
I am still in wonder that I am doing this. Over the years I have had ample opportunities to run or walk in a number of events. Why this one? Well, besides my son Ryan asking me to, I am in the best physical condition of the last 25 years – and it’s all due to taking my fight to control Diabetes seriously. I’ve said it before, but when I started walking when first diagnosed, I got in about .5 (1/2) of a mile the first time and it took about 30 minutes. Not very far. But it’s a few years later and it’s a new and improved me. I just wish it didn’t take getting Diabetes to get me off of my rear.
Please learn from my mistake; if you have been told you have Prediabetes, fight it. Do what you need to do: change your diet and exercise a bit (30 minutes a day). You can be successful. At the very least, you can postpone the onset of full-blown Diabetes. You can do it.
As always, thank you for reading.