Puttering Around The Park, Walk Report, LPZ Run For The Zoo Virtual 5K 2022

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Awareness of the outside world. “Raising funds to support animal care and wildlife conservation.” LPZ: Lincoln Park Zoo’s 44th Annual Run for the Zoo 5K/10K Returns to Chicago In-Person, May 2022.


Two walks in two weekends. Not planned. Just sorta worked out that way.

Run For The Zoo 5K
Lincoln Park Zoo
In-person & Virtual – June 2022
My walk – Saturday 27 August 2022
Blount Cultural Park
Montgomery AL, USA
Official time – 1:30 hh:mm
IRL time – 1 hr 3 min

The official virtual was Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5. I was not doing 5Ks at that time. [Bored]

Had the shirt already. Reported an estimated time plus a penalty for being out of date in order to get the virtual bib & finishing certificate. Unexciting, so I didn’t post them.

Only 20 finishers. Sadness. I want to see big virtual results so folks are encouraged to continue offering virtual options. It’s been interesting to see who stays with it and who bails. BreyerFest & WorldCon, yes. ComicCon, no. But I digress. [Results]

The Walk

The problem with averaging 3 mph is that one has to go faster to account for slow spots. Some are in my control, i.e. stopping for photos & notes. Some are not, i.e. traffic, street crossings, and so on.

Sagged in middle. Never had doubts that I would finished, just less enthusiasm than other times. I walked when it was logistically convenient, not at a time that was optimized for temperature or meals. Okay for the last mile. I could smell the barn.

The walking surface at Limestone the previous week was grass & dirt. This was tarmac. My knees noticed the difference. [The Strudel Sprint]

Scenic but empty. Saturday afternoon in summer should have been bustling. Do we still behave as summer once school has started?

The Park

Shaded paths …

… lakes …

… and fields.

The Shirt

Despite remembering to smile, my selfie game remains weak. [The Strudel Sprint]

The Question

Paw prints in concrete. Art statement or graffiti?


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