January 04, 2014

2nd Annual Runs for Cookies Virtual 5K

Last year, for my 31st birthday, I thought it would be fun to host a virtual 5K (3.1 miles for 31 years old). I never expected the turn-out to be so huge! It was absolutely amazing and inspiring to see so many people run or walk 5K on my birthday.

I wasn't planning to make in an annual thing, but a lot of people asked if I'd do it again, and my birthday happens to fall on a Saturday this year, so it worked out well. I'm inviting anyone who wants to participate!

What is a "virtual" race? It's a race that you do completely on your own, and then report the results when you're done. You can do it outside or on a treadmill, run or walk, whatever time of day you'd like! The 2nd annual Runs for Cookies Virtual 5K will take place on Saturday, January 25. If you choose to participate, then you just have to run or walk 3.1 miles that day, and report the results by Sunday evening.

The purpose of signing up (at the bottom of this post) is just to show your commitment. If you say you're going to do something, you're more likely to actually follow through ;)  I'll have a separate form to fill out after the race, so that you can report your finish time, and I'll post the results on my blog.

Please do not feel like you have to be fast! The purpose of this isn't for competition, but to set a goal to be active that day, by walking or running 3.1 miles. Whether it takes you 2 hours or 15 minutes, you're awesome for doing it!

When you're done with the 5K, I'd love for you to take a photo and post it to my Facebook page, along with a couple of sentences about your race. You can tell us where you did it, what the temperature was, who you did it with, how you felt, whatever you'd like. It's just fun to go through and see all the different people from around the world who did a 5K on the same day.

I spent all day wanting to shoot myself making a bib and t-shirt download. You can print the bib to wear while you complete the 5K (and take a picture!); and some people asked about getting a t-shirt made, so I have that image as well. (Last year, Stephanie did the hard work for me, but this year, I tried my best to recreate the logo part myself, and holy cow, I have so much respect for people that use Photoshop!)

Here is what they look like (the only difference is that the bib has a border around it; the t-shirt does not:


Shirt logo

Here is a link to download the bib.
Here is a link to download the shirt logo.

So, if you're up for it (you know you can do it!), you can sign up below by filling out the form--just your name (whatever you'd like it to be publicly, because others will be able to see this), whether you're walking or running (or walk/run), and if you have a time goal, you can declare that as well. I always find that when I make a goal public, I tend to work harder for it, so if that motivates you, go for it :)

I'll post a reminder as the day gets closer. Hope to have lots of you running with me on my first day as a 32-year old!


  1. I needed a run for January so you are it. I have something on the schedule for February, March, and May. Hoping to find an April event. My goals for the year - 10k at the run in May and a run a month. So far the goals look obtainable!

    Thanks for hosting the run!

  2. Can't wait!! Thanks for doing this again this year :)

  3. Are you doing a race later in the year? I have a goal to complete two 5k races/runs in 2014 but I won't be in shape enough to do one until later in the year.

  4. YAY! I'm so excited for this! Last year my time was 29:23, so I declared a time of 29:22 or better.

  5. I'm so excited to participate this year! I read your posts about last year's and it sounds so fun!

  6. I'll be plodding....but I'll be joining!

  7. Hello Katie - have you thought about race bling? You know how we love our bling!!

    Catherine in Georgia

  8. I needed a kick in the pants and you gave it to me. I may not be fast but I'll be there for your virtual run. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  9. Yes!!! I am repeating the couch to 5k in hopes to run a 5k under 30 minutes. It ends on 1/20. So your race is going to be it!!!

  10. Can't wait to do this again this year!

  11. I JUST found out about virtual 5Ks yesterday so when I stumbled upon this on Instagram I had to check it out! My birthday is January 25th, too, so I'm thinking that this is a HUGE sign for me! I'm so excited!!!

  12. I want to do the virtual 5K.This is my first time.

  13. I just stumbled upon your blog and you are truly an inspiration! Consider this my official sign up to my very first virtual 5k! What a great idea. I will be sharing on INSTAGRAM/TWITTER/FACEBOOK as well. I'll be sure to #runsforcookies. Have a great day!

  14. I just started reading your blog! I'm really excited for this.

    Unfortunately I'm getting my wisdom teeth out on Friday, so I won't be able to run the day of, but I'll be running it Thursday instead :)

  15. I did it but need to get my post up still...so behind in my blogging...LOL -Mishka


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