I've signed up for my first race to be on June 8th, a 5km run/walk which I will be walking in. I know that the course is open for 90 minutes and I've been working to get my time under an hour for the 5km walk. That would mean, if I did the 8km BMO walk it would take me about an hour and forty five minutes.
I was about to register for the 8km when I started wondering how long the route was open for? The 8km run was to start at 630, the half at 7 and I wasn't sure about what time the full marathon would start. On the Vancouver BMO Marathon site they had a box over on the right for an instant chat or support. I clicked on it and was connected to a great lady named Dana. I told her I was wanting to walk the 8km's, was that allowed and of course was there a time limit. She told me right away that they welcome walkers, and she would check the length of time the route would be open for. A few minutes later she came back and told me that the race starts at 630 and ends at 8am, that's 90 minutes. I thanked her for her help and discarded my registration page. There was no way I was going to be able to participate.
At least not there. On Saturday night, using www.mapmywalk.com I plotted out a couple of routes for an 8km walk and decided I was going to do it.
Sunday morning was a beautiful sunny day, it was a bit windy with no clouds in sight. I got ready to go and decided I didn't want to take the dog with me for this walk. I'm not sure if the 8km would be too far for him, and honestly, I walk faster if I'm not stopping every 50 feet for him to sniff around. I told my awesome husband the planned route and off I went.
I had to change my route once I got going. There was a farmer spraying his fields with liquid gold and I just didn't want to spend the day smelling like manure. I sent my husband a text with my route change and continued on. It was a beautiful day for a walk! It did however get very windy when I was on my long straight stretch. It was a head wind that I found myself leaning into! I had a great walk and with the Garmin that Gary gave me I was able to see how long each km was taking me, what my heart rate was, how far in total I had gone and how long I had been. I am LOVING this device.
I was really eager to get home and look at my splits to see how I did. I was very surprised to see that my fastest kilometer was actually kilometer 6. I did it in 11min and 49 seconds. My longest one was the 3rd Kilometer. That was when I was leaning into the wind going up hill. It took me 14min and 10 seconds.
Here is a picture of my splits, I took a picture with my camera as I haven't yet figured out how to get the stats page from Garmin Connect to transfer over:
The best part of all, I earned 14 activity points for my walk and I've done 19,372 steps. Woohoo!