Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 Runs for Cookies Virtual 5K sign-up

Sadly, there were NO Motivational Monday submissions this week! :( So there won't be a MM post today. Hopefully I'll get some for next week.

I mentioned last week that I'm collecting submissions for the 100th Motivational Monday post--I thought it would be fun to share stories of people who have lost 100+ pounds! So, if you've lost over 100 pounds and want to share your before/after photos, feel free to email them to me (along with a short description of who you are, how you did it, or whatever you'd like to share). Here is the MM submission info. If you are submitting for the 100th post, then just use the subject "100" please.


This year has gone by SO fast. I meant to get this posted several weeks ago, but it feels like I blinked and it's already Christmas! Sorry for the late notice...

In January 2013, for my 31st birthday, I thought it would be fun to host a Virtual 5K--3.1 miles for 31 years old. It was a huge success, and I can't even describe how much fun it was to read through all of the Facebook comments, blog comments, tweets, and Instagram posts! There were so many inspiring stories, and I loved seeing the pictures from people all over the world (literally) who ran "with" me on my birthday. Because it was so successful, I chose to do it again in 2014--and again, there was an awesome turnout!



I've been debating whether to do it again in 2015. I feel guilty for not having announced it several weeks ago, so everyone could have plenty of time to train. But I think I'd be sad to not do it again--I love reading through all the stories after everyone does the virtual race!

Therefore, in keeping with tradition, I'd like to announce the 2015 Runs for Cookies Virtual 5K. The "race" will take place on my 33rd birthday--Sunday, January 25th, 2015. I hope you all will join me for a run or walk on my birthday :)

Last year, several people asked me about giving out medals this time. I think medals are fun; but after giving it some thought, I decided I'd like to keep it simple, just as the last two years. This way, there is no cost to anyone, and it's something everyone can participate in. I'll still have a downloadable bib and t-shirt transfer, for anyone who wants one. I really just want the race to be all about having fun, sharing our stories (whether it's your first time doing a 5K or if you do them every weekend!), and congratulating each other on a job well done.

Basically, here is how it works:
  • Sign up on the form below.
  • Train to run or walk the 5K distance.
  • On January 25th, run or walk 3.1 miles (indoors, outdoors, treadmill, whatever you want!). If you can't do the exact day, any time that weekend will be fine.
  • Fill out the finisher's form that will be posted on my blog that day.
  • Post a photo on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with the hashtag #RfCVirtual5K (Most people posted a photo and description on my Facebook page, and that made it really easy to scroll through and read!)
I've had (self-funded) prizes each year, and I will this year as well. I have a few ideas in mind, but before I post them, I just want to be sure--so I will announce those later. But for now, I just wanted to make sure I get this sign-up posted so that you can train! Again, I'm sorry for the short notice, but I hope you'll all join me :)

The purpose of the sign-up form is to state your commitment and your goal (if you have one--I know that when I state my goals in public, like on my blog, I am much more likely to follow through). I thought a fun way to give away prizes this year would be based on whether you reach your goal. You can choose your goal for the race to be whatever you'd like (even if the goal is just to complete it!). Then, if you meet your goal, regardless of what it is, I'll enter you in the drawing for a prize.

So there you have it! (I can't believe I'm going to be 33 in less than a month...)




21 comments:

  1. I am so excited about this! My goal is to be in good enough shape to run a 5k with my daughter, but this will be a great starter. I can run and walk it. Thanks so much!!!

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  2. I'm looking forward to joining in. No facebook but I'll be on Instagram.

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  3. We have the same birthday! And I'll definitely be joining the virtual run!

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  4. This will be my first 5K ever and I'm soooooo excited! I should be done with your training program by your birthday, so it'll be perfect timing! WOO HOO!

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  5. Yay! Glad you decided to host :)

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  6. Yay! I just signed up for your 5K. I'm nervous (is that bad?) yet excited!!

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  7. Awesome! I share the same birthday and have been toying with the idea of a birthday run :)

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    1. Fun fact: Steve Prefontaine was born on January 25, also :)

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    2. Excellent! :) :)

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  8. So I have a terrible memory and forget instantly pretty much everything that I don't write down. I know I signed up yesterday but I can't remember what goal I put down!! Is there anyway you can tell me? LOL

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    1. I did a search for "cschoeneman", but it wasn't on there--maybe you used a different name? Regardless, you can just sign up again! ;)

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  9. As to your 33rd birthday? Enjoy it Katie. Don't think you're old for ZONE SECOND. I used to do that, and now when I think back, I thought I was old way before I was! What's the point? Just enjoy every single second of being HEALTHY! I will be 64 tomorrow. I can't believe it. But I don't feel old (except when I sit too long, I'm pretty "stoved up" when I first get up), and plan to enjoy every second of being 64, including doing your virtual 5K once again. Hope it's not TOO cold old that day, or I may be forced to walk inside with Leslie Sansone!

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  10. YAY! This is exactly what I needed. I am so excited to run for your birthday! haha. woop!

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  11. I'm excited and terrified! I can't wait to do it!

    Mave.

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  12. Woo! I ran my first 5K in Sept. Since I'm a wuss about running in the cold, I haven't done much running since then. So I put run/walk and no time goal, but you never know...! Thanks for motivating me to get out in the cold (I'm near Detroit, too!). - Erica

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  13. I'm excited! I just started getting into running (I've always been a walker). I plan to run/walk the 5k; I'm conservative with my goal, so I'm hoping to run about a mile out of the three. I always assumed I was too fat to run, but thanks to your blog and several of your Motivational Monday posts, I realized that it doesn't matter what other people think (and most probably aren't thinking anything negative anyway) and it just matters how my body feels. Thank you!

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  14. ahhh! i've been reading your blog for a good while now but this will be my first time doing your 5k! i may be a tad hungover from the sam smith concert the night before, but i'm excited to do it! i haven't done a 5k since july and am excited to have a goal to reach this month =]

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  15. Hey Katie! Do you have me registered?? I know I went through and filled the form out but not sure if it went through. I don't want to have doubles. Thanks :)

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    1. Hey there! It's hard to tell if you've already signed up. You can go ahead and just do it again :)

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  16. Hubby and I just signed up! I've walked some 5k's years ago but I'm just getting back into taking care of myself and getting this weight off. I know I need to get more active so this will be a good step (no pun intended) in that direction. Thanks for doing this and for being such an inspiration!! This actually has me excited to bundle up and get outside.

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I'd love to hear from you! I read all of my comments, and if you have a question, I do my best to respond; sometimes, however, I get busy and forget to go back to reply, so if it's important, just email me! :)