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High Desert 5K Events

My daughter told me awhile back about a lady who began training for 5K running events to lose weight. She started participating in the 5K’s and lost the weight. I thought of her yesterday when I joined my friends for the Apple Valley 5K. Like anything you want to accomplish in life, you have to stay consistent and never give up.

Two 5K events have already taken place in the High Desert this summer. One was the 5K at the Ranchero Road opening event, and the other was yesterday at Brewster Park in Apple Valley. Take a look at these dedicated 5K participants below. Is this something you would like to try? If I can do it, so can you. You can walk it, run it, or walk and jog it.

Ranchero Road 5K

5K at the Ranchero Road Opening

5K at the Ranchero Road Opening

Santa Fe Overpass

Santa Fe Overpass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ranchero Road & Santa Fe Overpass, 5K

Ranchero Road & Santa Fe Overpass, 5K

Cyclist 5K

Cyclists 5K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5k Runners, Ranchero, Hesperia

5k Runners, Ranchero, Hesperia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4th Brewster Park

5K Run at Brewster Park

5K Run at Brewster Park

5K at Brewster Park

5K at Brewster Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4, 2013 - 5K at Brewster Park, Apple Valley

July 4, 2013 – 5K at Brewster Park, Apple Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Future High Desert 5K

Plan now for the next 5K in the High Desert. The Hesperia Days 5K is scheduled for September 21, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. Out of shape and not sure you can tackle it? Get in shape now. No one but you can make that happen. Physicians can give advice on preventative health measures besides prescribing medicine, so listen to your physician’s advice on how to get in good fitness shape.

5K Motivation

Hint: it’s easier to change into workout clothes as soon as you get home from work. When you get home, put your tennis shoes on right away. Get into your walking clothes, and go exercise. The longer you wait, the more you’ll talk yourself out of exercising.

A nurse who moved to the High Desert many years ago said she has walked every morning since she moved here. She used to walk three miles every day. Aging may have slowed her down some, but she has continued to walk at least one mile a day even after retirement. Don’t let aging stop you from being active. This retired nurse volunteers twice weekly and keeps up her walking. That’s a good example for any of you who are in need of motivation.

If you’ve read this blog post and was motivated you into action and you’re now in an exercise regimen, I’d like to hear from you. Reply in the comment section below and motivate other readers to start exercising.

You can read other testimonies for encouragement like the Couch-to-5K. It’s so easy to read stories on the Internet of how people needed to get in shape or lose weight and did so by planning for and participating in a 5K. Are you a couch potato? Read these stories and see how you, too, can begin a fitness program. Always consult your physician before starting any new workout regimen.

 

Ways I Celebrate July 4th, Independence Day

One of my favorite songs in my fifth-grade music class in Center, Texas in the 1960’s was Yankee Doodle. Did you know that the song was meant to mock the American soldiers by the British? But the American soldiers proudly sang the song as an anthem back to the British during the American Revolution. I’ve been singing the song since I got up at 5:30 this morning to go to a 5K run with my husband and our friends.

Our friends, John and Karen, had planned to run the 5K at Brewster Park in Apple Valley. I had no intentions of running the 5K with John and Karen but went to support them. Went because my husband asked if I wanted to go. Went for the fun of it. Okay, I admit waking up at 5:30 a.m. is not what I consider fun. But today is July 4th. Independence Day. Just being able to run (or walk) and having the freedom to go support friends who are running in a 5K is reason to celebrate.

5K at Brewster Park

5K at Brewster Park

We arrived at the park, and I saw all the dedicated runners waiting to go on a 5K and a 10K. I can do this, I thought. I was wearing my good walking shoes. No way was I going to run, though. Then I heard the instructions to those participating, the runners – and the walkers. Yes, I could do this. And I did. I walked the 5K, my first one ever.

The first mile seemed easy. Then I heard someone’s electronic device that said “1.3 miles, 18 minutes.” I thought surely we had gone further already. I kept moving. I set a goal three times to jog to a certain landmark. I thought maybe that would help me speed up some. But the last mile on a dirt road in addition to the sun getting hotter was just too much. I walked the rest of the way – and made it. Meeting a gentleman named Ben who was walking and running with his beautiful four-year-old daughter, KK, made my last mile a pleasant walk. I was amazed at little KK braving the 5K.

5K Run at Brewster Park

5K Run at Brewster Park

 

So now I have added a 5K walk to my history of how to celebrate July 4th. How do you and your family celebrate this holiday? Here are some ways I’ve celebrated with family and friends through the years:

  1. Make homemade ice cream
  2. Have a picnic
  3. Fireworks (in Texas)
  4. Church camp meeting
  5. Grill hamburgers and hot dogs
  6. 5K walk

Add more to the list in the comments section below.

Any history buffs reading this? Did you know that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence?

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