Why I Love The Makeshift 5k

Last year when I held my first Makeshift 5k, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect the event to grow in numbers as it has over the last year and a half. By promoting the 3.1-mile walk-and-run on my blog and via social media, I have seen the participants go from my closest friends to include people I’ve never met, friends of friends and family of friends.

It’s been a true blessing!

I started the Makeshift 5k as a way to keep my fitness journey in check — I wanted to feel I could walk and/or run a 5k at any time. Thankfully other people feel the same way. I’ve been lucky to get the support of so many — and I hope you will become one of the Makeshift 5k participants on Saturday! You can RSVP here.

Here’s what my strongest supporter, Javacia of See Jane Write and Writeous Babe, has to say about the Makeshift 5k — and she’s attended every single one, so she should know!


I love participating in the Stellar Fashion and Fitness Makeshift 5K because of what it represents. Just as Jennifer does on her blog, the Makeshift 5K is about doing what you can wherever you are in your journey toward better health and body acceptance. Maybe you can’t run a 9-minute mile. Maybe you can’t run 60 seconds without getting winded. Maybe you can’t run at all! That’s OK. You can come out to the Makeshift 5K and just begin. Take those first steps toward getting stronger. And you can do so with a community of supportive people around you. And you can do so for free!

Two more of my stalwart participants are Emily and Mary Eliza Beaumont. I used to work with Emily at Southern Living magazine, and I used to babysit Mary Eliza before she grew up and started running like lightning!


Mary Eliza (left), me, Emily and Dawn (another Southern Living alum!)

“I love Jen’s Makeshift 5Ks not only because they get me up and moving, but also because there’s no registration fee or unflattering T-shirt involved!”

Mary Eliza:
“The Makeshift 5K is fun and friendly, with a great atmosphere for racing.”

I’m grateful that these women find value in the Makeshift 5k, and I hope you will, too!

Join us this Saturday, June 11, at 8 a.m. CT on Lakeshore Trail. We will meet at the parking lot for the Homewood soccer fields off Green Springs Highway. We will run or walk — at your own pace — to the main entrance of Samford and back, then celebrate with snacks, water and prizes!

If you don’t live in Birmingham, please participate virtually! Post a photo of yourself during or after your walk or run on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #stellarmiles.

Don’t forget to RSVP here! Happy #stellarmiles!

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