Yes, other people do walk.
What sort of 5k? They come in all sorts from Race for Life, which is very friendly to first timers, village fete 5k's which are also a good introduction, to interclub competitions in which I would not get back before the next to last runner had finished his second round at the pub. What you are doing is worthwhile, and the beginning of a change that does more than shed pounds. There will be no mockers worth noticing. Those who mock are not worth noticing, by definition. I have come last in races. I'd rather be last than not in the race. I've come last in a race which was also my personal best, and far from my first at that distance. It may, indeed, it probably will take a deal of courage to pin a number on your front, line up at the back of the pack behind a mass of people all of whom seem fitter stronger and slimmer than you. But you will find the courage, have already taken the first steps, and the act of finding the courage in and of itself makes you hugely stronger. Don't be afraid. You will be fine.
Posted: 20/07/2005 at 21:22