Fit To Ride
Awareness of the outside world. Monday was MLK Day of Service. I didn’t. In my defense, bad weather was predicted for that weekend. But mostly I dropped the ball. Vow to do better next year.
MLK Day 5K Drum Run – Birmingham
Birmingham AL, USA
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Time – 52:59.0 (official), 52:34 (my time)
Pace – 5.8 kph, or 3.6 mph
Place – 232 (official) out of 268 (my estimate)
Gender/Age Group – 10 out of 15
As before. Walk. Drums. Awesome. [Strolling To A Soundtrack]
The most masked activity I have been to yet, despite being outside. Spotted my first N95 in the wild. Some folks walked with masks. As with previous IRL walk, I wore mine in the – very loose- crowds at the start and finish. During the walk itself, I removed them and then made sure I stayed at least 10 feet from another person. I do have N95s to wear. I’m saving the fancy masks for indoor situations that I can’t avoid. My reading of the charts says cloth + surgical works well enough for outside. [Magic City 5K 2021]
2020 IRL [Strolling To A Soundtrack, Walk Report, MLK Day Drum Run 2020]
2021 Virtual [Percussion in the Pasture, Virtual MLK Day 5K Drum Run, Walk Report]
As of today, soundtrack still available from last year, “Listen to and Download the 2021 MLK Day 5K Drum Run – Birmingham Soundtrack/Score below. Featuring Freestyle Percussion All-Stars, Sahi On Ko Djony, Exposure Community Development Corporation and Ramsay High School Drumline.” Drum Run Bham
Props to Red Diamond for the free après-walk hot chocolate.
8 thoughts on “Traipsing With A Tempo, Walk Report, MLK Day 5K Drum Run”
I Katherine —
Congrats on finishing the run!
I listened to a little of the sound track at the links on your post.
Being there with drums — and I usually like drum solos and marching bands — would have driven me to a very un-friendly place. The drum practicing that I hear in my part of Bham is on Friday nights, and sometimes on the weekend, for weeks on end, and I can hear them INSIDE MY HOME.
For an hour or more.
I hear them if I don’t have the tv on, or when I stop sewing at my machine …
If I step outside — they’re right there, it seems.
Anyway, I know it’s keeping kids busy, off the streets, learn new mental skills, improve eye-hand coordination, have a goal, etc…. and who want to be a Mrs. Kravitz or An Old Crank?
Maybe I should go somewhere on those nights — like a bar? a real concert?
Otherwise, it’s a neat idea to have the drum groups accompany runners — gets kids involved, be outdoors, and makes this run different …
Rant over- Meg
So…why not do a day of service another day vs wait a year? You can still do it to honor MLK. It’s what’s in our heart, not exactly when we do it.
Days of Service. Yes. For starters, I’m going to keep my eye out for park clean-up days.
That’s a good one and good fit.
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