My teenage son and I enjoy participating in 5K walks/runs together. He's a pretty good pacer, as I have to take two to three steps to his one long-legged stride. He also encourages me to jog a bit during the walks, an action that does not come naturally to this non-athlete.
I am fully aware how lucky I am that my teenager chooses to spend this time with me!
We prefer to do walks that benefit others. Today's event incorporated a celebration of Holi, a Hindu spring festival, with a fundraiser for providing eye surgery and care for people in India. We had never done a color run before; the spirit of joyous spring renewal and reparation made it even that much more meaningful.
The preparatory email told us all we needed to know--wearing sunglasses to keep the colored powder out of our eyes, keeping our mouths closed as powder was thrown, even covering our car seats for the ride home.
It was a cold morning; our layers couldn't keep the chill from creeping in until the warm-up began. First some traditional moves and stretches from a fitness coach, and then some Bollywood dance moves to get us going. We eagerly started the walk, just to keep warm!
Five color stations later (and an orange face swipe from a well-meaning, apologetic walker), we crossed the finish line in under forty-five minutes. A personal best--and probably the best I've ever looked at the end of a 5K! I hope the Sankara Eye Foundation decides to make this an annual event.