December 17th, 2012

5 by the 5th Virtual Race Series Updates

Many bloggers are taking the day to honor and remember Friday’s victims.  This post was written in advance, but Iwill join them today in taking extra time to remember, to pray, to hold my daughter closer, to unplug, and to be grateful for what I have.

I wrote a bit yesterday about Friday’s awful tragedy and a few ways to help.  I also have to share this article, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother”… powerful, heartfelt (and disconcerting) words from an honest mother.  As a school social worker, I’ve worked with children like her son and I hope her message spreads so we can talk about raising awareness of mental health issues among our children and implement change.


Hi everyone! Today is extra special because I am the featured blogger this morning at the SITS girls!

If you are unfamiliar with the SITS girls, head over and check them out.  They are a community of women bloggers, and have a wealth of information on social media  and blogging tips.  I’ve learned a lot from their articles, and recommend them highly.

If you’re stopping by from SITS, welcome!

I share fitness and nutrition info with an emphasis on running (currently training for the Houston marathon on January 13), training tips and resources, and healthy recipes, including some toddler ideas.  I’m studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am fascinated with the healing power of food.

Some recent posts include: 13 homemade edible gift ideas, my Whole Wheat Gingerbread cookie recipe and my TriGirl half marathon recap.


I also host a menu planning link up on Sundays with Jill from Fitness, Health and Happiness.  We would love to have you link up your menu plan anytime!

In January, I’m kicking off a 5k or 5 mile Virtual Race Series.  From January to June, participants will run or walk either a 5k (3.1 mile) or 5 mile run by the 5th of the month.  Bloggers have the option of blogging about their run, and/or can link up a few days later to share with each other.

The race series is free and there will be prizes given out randomly each month.  If you’d like to join us, check out the original announcement to register.  Here’s the race bib:

For those of you who are already signed up, I have a few updates and announcements.

5 by the 5th Updates:


Participants who would like a medal will have the option to purchase one at cost (approximately $5) toward the end of the series.


Use the hashtag #5bythe5th on Twitter or Instagram when chatting about the virtual runs

Recording Results

I will be emailing all participants this week with detail on where and how to record your results each month.

Tips and Coaching

I asked several running coaches and seasoned runners to share their best tips for beginners or experienced runners.  Each month, I’ll share some of the tips.  Some of the topics include:

  • How to train for a 5k
  • How yoga can benefit your running
  • Tips for using a foam roller
  • Proper fueling before and after a run
  • A few “How I Train for a 5k” stories from some speedy ladies I admire

I’m open to other topic suggestions of things that would be of interest to you as well.

For starters, here’s my friend Tia’s words of wisdom on getting started with 5ks as a distance runner.

What other topics would you want to see covered? What questions do you have for running coaches?

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