I started writing this post last night, and I honestly wasn’t sure what to say because I am so happy and excited with how the Makeshift 5k turned out this Saturday!
In addition to the awesome friends and readers who joined in around the U.S., I had a great time with all of you who joined in here in Birmingham, Ala. Thank you so much for coming!
We met up at the Homewood soccer fields and took off on Lakeshore Trail. Some of us walked, some ran, and we enjoyed the beautiful trail — cool temps, trees just starting to change colors and lots of other walkers, runners and cyclists out and about.
I walked with my husband for 2 miles and, thankfully, my back felt just fine! And it felt great for the rest of the weekend, too. Maybe all of that drama is behind me. I’m going to test it out by working out at least three times this week and see how I do.
The best part about the Makeshift 5k was seeing people from all walks of my life coming together — I had family members, family friends and old friends from college at Penn State join in virtually.
I had friends from my days at Southern Living magazine participate (including Katie and her sweet dog, who are not pictured, sadly), as well as friends I’ve made from See Jane Write and blogging.
I’m so grateful to all of you! (I have more group photos to come soon!)
The night before the Makeshift 5k, I had a hard time falling asleep, and I woke up extra early, too. I was a little anxious, wanting the rain to stay away and everything to go well.
Mostly, though, I was thinking how lucky I am to have such a great support group surounding me. I started out on my fitness journey about six years ago and, except for a few periods of rest due to small injuries or being sick, I haven’t let a week go by yet where I haven’t exercised.
Maintaining that commitment to my health is what the Makeshift 5k is all about for me. It’s about keeping my fitness level up, challenging myself and others, and focusing on something that’s good for me.
Over the years, my health journey has developed a wonderful side effect: building a community. I now chat with friends, family and even strangers about fitness goals, giving ourselves “me time” that allows us to take a breather, let out stress and build healthier bodies and minds.
Having people around me who support those goals and cheer me on means more than any of y’all know! And getting to celebrate that with the Makeshift 5k is such a joy.
Thanks to all for walking and running this weekend! And for coming on this inspiring ride with me!