This past Saturday, I held the fourth Makeshift 5k, and I was so thrilled to see so many new faces!
The coolest part about this 5k is, while I love having the support of my family and friends when challenging myself and others to walk or run 3.1 miles, it’s been amazing to meet new people and reach out to the community. I can’t say thank you enough to the people who came out to run or walk with us for the first time Saturday!
I walked the 3.1 miles with my friend Jennifer, and I was grateful for her companionship — she walks a faster pace than I do, so that was a good challenge for me — it was the push that I needed!
One participant — my former coworker’s daughter — earned a PR on Saturday! She ran the 5k in around 21 minutes — what a rockstar!! Next time I’ll be sure to give her a special reward for impressing us all with her speediness!
What I love about the Makeshift 5k is the casualness of it — we all come out to get a good workout in on the weekend, but knowing we’re doing 3.1 miles pushes us to keep our fitness up before the race day actually comes around. Most of us can’t just hop up and run or walk 3.1 miles. For those of us who can, the Makeshift 5k makes a good workout with a supportive, fun community. For those of us who are working to walk or run more often, the 5k gives us a goal to work toward.
So I thank you all for coming and helping me work on my goals — and I’m so grateful to be able to reach out and hopefully support others with their goals!
Stay tuned to the blog as I expect to pin down the date of the next Makeshift 5k in the next week! I’m looking to schedule one in May, before the weather gets too hot here in Alabama!
Until then, don’t forget to work on the challenge of walking and/or running 30 miles in April! Use the hashtag #stellarmiles to show off your pics as you rack up the miles!