Don’t worry if this is the first you’ve heard of the Worldwide WordPress 5k (#WWWP5k) – I just heard about it yesterday! You can still join in the fun until Sunday, September 25, because unless you’re an Automattic employee, there’s no organized event and you still have over 24 hours!
I’ve been working to increase my overall fitness – mainly to lose weight and gain strength and endurance – for a few months now. Since realizing that walking 43 miles in a week wouldn’t kill me, during our trip to Paris and Barcelona, I’ve been trying to walk more. It’s appalling how sedentary my job – my life – has become. It shouldn’t take vacation to get me up and off the couch!
When I realized that 5k was only about 3.1 miles, it seemed silly not to do a 5k daily. In fact, that’s my Fitbit step goal, but it hardly feels like it counts unless I do it the whole thing at once, at a nice, brisk pace. It still takes me about an hour; I want to die with my own feet, knees, and hips so I don’t run unless I’m being chased by the abominable snowman. I’m hoping to work up to 4mph soon, but power-walking – not running!
For today’s walk, I chose Matzke Park, a little municipal park near the elementary school my kids attended, many years ago. When we moved to this side of town, there was an empty field and a big billboard saying it was the future site of Matzke Park.
When the owner of the property, the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD), put it up for sale in 1994, area residents joined together to establish the Association for Better Community Schools (ABCS), a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the land as a community park. ABCS’s first action was to contact the area’s Harris County commissioner, Jerry Eversole, who worked diligently with ABCS to secure a plan that would keep the property as a recreational space. Commissioner Eversole committed $2 million to purchase the land from CFISD in 1999 and $200,000 in matching funds to assist ABCS with the development costs. A $100,000 donation to ABCS from Compaq Computer in 1997 helped the organization raise more than $300,000 toward the park’s development, which includes the Butterfly Garden and the Be An Angel barrier-free playground.In 2007, Norchester Garden Club (NGC) members developed, and still maintain, the Butterfly Garden.
The Triggers Colts Cricket League plays at Matzke Park. I stopped to take a few photos and ask about the league. I wondered why there were no girls – I was told they were welcome, but there hadn’t been that much interest. I think they ought to reach out to Matzke and Bleyl, because I’m betting more than a few girls might be interested in learning a sport that’s not as ordinary as volleyball or soccer. There are women’s leagues in most of the countries where cricket is popular, so why not at least a co-ed youth league here?