Movement & The Makeshift 5k


Have you ever paid close attention to the way your body moves?

When walking up the stairs, the way your hips lift, your thighs engage, your arms swing and your hands reach for the banister. Or as you walk down the street, or run on a trail, the pavement hitting your feet, each toe pushing off the ground, each pump of your arms propelling you forward.

I spend way too much time criticizing my body. It’s something I am working on, so I don’t look in the mirror each day anymore and feel sad or angry. But I still pick apart what I don’t like, and fill my head with negative thoughts.

It’s amazing to me how all of that goes out the window when I’m in the middle of a challenging workout.

For the past few weeks I’ve been working out at Torque and while it’s tough for me to get through the exercises — the push-ups, bar curls, squats, lunges, running, burpees and more — it also engages my body and my brain in ways I am thankful for. I push myself to accomplish each movement to the best of my ability, and although I’m often out of breath and I may take more breaks than others, my body can accomplish those movements.

For someone who is overweight and not as fit as I’d like to be, it’s a revelation to feel my body moving in ways I wouldn’t normally try.

This coming Saturday, I’ll move my body in a way that is familiar to me, yet still a challenge: the Makeshift 5k.

I’ve been privileged to have several friends and fellow bloggers participate in the Makeshift 5k in the past, and I’m so glad they have as much fun and get as much out of it as I do — a challenge to move our bodies in a way that feels good, and a chance to have fun with our community.

Dawn (far right) with Emily, me and Mary Eliza at the spring Makeshift 5k

Dawn (far right) with Emily, me and Mary Eliza at the spring Makeshift 5k

My friend Dawn, who has participated in several of the Makeshift 5ks, said:

“I am not a runner, so the thought of signing up for a 5k made me nervous. The Makeshift 5k was the perfect introduction for me! I walked a little, ran a little, and walked a little more. I love that people of all fitness levels are welcome and there is no intimidation factor. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for another 5k and did the Makeshift one again.”

Christina (left), me and Javacia of See Jane Write at the June 2016 Makeshift 5k

Christina (left), me and Javacia of See Jane Write at the June 2016 Makeshift 5k

Christina, the blogger at Pink Lux, said:

“I love the encouragement and there is no pressure to be a great runner to complete the 5k. It’s women just like me doing their best to finish!”

I hope you will join us this Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 a.m. at the Homewood soccer fields off Green Springs Highway. We will gather there in the parking lot and then jump onto Lakeshore Trail to run or walk 3.1 miles (or whatever distance you choose to do!). Snacks and water will be provided back at my car after the run/walk! You can RSVP here.

Let’s get moving!

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