By Heather O.
Ok, this has nothing to do with motherhood, but I need a little bit of input, so I thought I’d ask y’all. And I know I said that I wouldn’t blog about PKD on this blog, but like I said, I need a little bit of help and advice, so, here I am.
Here’s the deal. The PKD Foundation has a walk every year, around the country. (Check out www.pkdcure.org for the walk in your town. It is held around the country on September 16th or Sept 17th. Yes, that was a shameless fundraising plug. Sorry).
Anyway, our chapter here in Virginia is pretty new, and we are planning only our second walk this year. I sat in on the meeting, not having much to say, and finally I asked, “How long is the walk? Is it a 5k?”
Everybody looked at me for a second, and then burst out laughing.
“Oh, you can tell she’s in good shape!” somebody said. “Girl, if you expect me to walk 5 miles, you’re gonna hafta bring a coffin out with ya, ’cause I’ll be dead!”
“5k isn’t 5 miles. It’s 3.2″, I said.
“Well, I’ll still be dead after about 2 miles!” he said, still chuckling. Everybody continued to chuckle as they explained that the walk was less than a mile.
Less than a mile? Who’s gonna show up for that?
So, I was talking to DH about it, and he agrees that more people will be likely to come to a 5k that is on some running club’s schedule and pay the $15 registration fee if they can actually run a race, as opposed to some little walking event. I think it could be a fairly successful event, really, if we combined a 5k with a “fun run/walk” for people who wouldn’t really be able to run 5k. Dh and I got all worked up about the details, things we could do, etc, but we have one problem.
I have no idea how to go about putting together a 5k. Not a clue.
I’ve only actually run in about half a dozen of them in my whole life, and yes, I worked for Rick during a couple, but in all of those instances, I basically just had to show up. I’m not part of a running club, and if you asked me run a 5k right now, I’d probably do it, and then just not call you the next day as I moaned in inexpressible pain every time I moved.
So, are there any runners out there who can tell me how I could possibly put this together?
I’ve asked other people, of course, and I’ll do some more research on my own, but I thought I’d throw out this question to everybody, in case there was somebody who can say, “Yes, I’ve planned one, and this is how you do it!”
Thanks very much. And I promise that after this, we’ll return you to our regularly scheduled program.