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Jul 05

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My 5K and day 15 of my summer

8 Inch Walnut Haynes Pepper Grinder - Dailey Woodworking

8 Inch Walnut Haynes Pepper Grinder

 

My 5K yesterday

So yesterday I did my first 5K road race in over 30 years. Yup, it would be an understatement to say it’s been a few years since I last did a race. Let me also be right up front and say that I didn’t run the race, I walked. You might say that I’m a little out of shape although I frequently joke that round is a shape. Also, I’m a woodturner and for the most part, all of the shapes that I make are round. However, one of the goals that I have set for myself this year is to be less round than what I was when I started the year. To that end, since the start of the year I’ve lost 15 pounds and have had to move to the next hole on my belt. I have gained the ability to walk up flights of stairs without getting winded nearly as much. I’ll take that tradeoff.

So yesterday’s 5K was Friends on the 4th 5K in Winthrop, Maine. This was a very well organized race. Starting with check-ins, the race itself and the handing out of prizes afterward. The course was well laid out and there were people at every turn making it virtually impossible to go the wrong way. The spectators cheered everyone on, even the guy that was close to bringing up the rear. It was a very pleasant time had by the whole family. As I said before, I was close to one of the last people to finish, and that includes my own family. My goal was to do the whole thing and I did it in 58 minutes. I would like to say that I’m proud of our girls who ran the race (they both did quite well) and my wife who walked with me (she actually finished ahead of me). And to thank her cousins who came out and walked with us. There isn’t an official time for me because I was a walker and not one of the running participants. Next year. Now to start training to actually run a 5K in October.

Today’s turning

Today’s turning is an 8-inch Walnut Haynes pepper grinder. The Haynes shape came about one winter day, a few years back. I was outside breaking the ice and icicles off from the eaves of my house and I realized that a droplet of water would be a great shape. So if you turn the pepper grinder upside down you will see my version of a water droplet. Complete from the moment when the droplet is about to break free and becomes very elongated (everything below the head) to the moment when the droplet has just broken free (the actual head).

If you would like to learn more about this pepper grinder you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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2 comments

  1. Lorien

    Great job with your 5K, Kim! If you have a smartphone or tablet there’s a Couch to 5K app (called C25K) and it’s an 8 week training program that has you jogging/running the whole 5 K by the end. I’d start out with a couple weeks of walking first since week 1 on the app alternates walking and running, but it’s a pretty cool app. I’m actually working on being able to run a whole 5K myself!

    1. Kim Dailey

      Thanks Lorien. I do have the app and I agree with the walking before. Good luck with your 5K. Let me know how you do.

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