|Marcia, Jean, Kristen, Barb, & Patty|
A couple months ago, the Tuesday evening MM Group decided they wanted to work toward an exercise challenge that they could participate in together. With Kristen's encouragement, the local Iron Dog 5K fundraiser was decided on. All the proceeds would go to suppport the advanced medical and surgical care of animals at Michigan State University whose owners cannot afford their treatment. This pet loving group decided this race was perfect.
Today's Race Day brought a cold, gray day, but it was anything but dreary around there. Jean, Patty, and Marcia her dog Dobby, were all fired up for their very first race. What a great atmosphere with music pumping us up as people got their numbers pinned on and dogs settled down for the start.
Since we each had someone to walk with who would be going a similar pace, no one was alone throughout the 3.1 mile route through the Michigan State University campus. Patty noticed how fast the time went by since we were chatting the entire time. A good moderate pace increases your heart rate and breathing pattern to a point where you have the ability to talk but you aren't not pushing so hard that you don't have the lung power left to sing (that, of course, assumes that you can sing to begin with!) This pace is a great level to work out at for your health, but lessens the risk of injury that high intensity brings with it. Either level will burn calories. Patty and I used our Endomondo apps and recorded burning about 300 calories during the walk. Good stuff!
At the finish line, there was nothing but joy. Our entire group finished and did a fantastic job! Dobby showed no sign of fatigue, certainly in good doggie shape. Patty actually placed 5th in her age group, and that included the runners, too! She was so fired up, she immediately started talking about her next race. Love it! Both Marcia and Jean said they would have never done this without the motivation from the group and appreciated that push to just do it. I am so proud of this group. I have nothing but admiration for all they have done for themselves with their weight loss, exercise and perseverance.
Great job, gang! Fired UP, we DID IT!!!