Getting Fit for OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K | Part II, GIVEAWAY

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500 Festival Mini Marathon

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Congrats Marc R.!

After catching my daughter’s cold (which I’m still working to rid my body of), I slowed down my progress toward getting fit for the OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K. I could barely get through a sentence without coughing, so running didn’t really agree with me.

So I walked.

And I walk.

And I walk.

Walking seems to be agreeing with me, and with my lungs.  I’ve also stepped up my fresh fruits (I’m not even gonna lie and say I’ve stepped up vegetables, because, ugh). And I’ve stepped down late night snacking, which is totally my weakness. (Kids in bed = snacktime and mommy juice.)

If you’ve been pitched by companies offering shakes and nutrition supplements, know that you CAN get fit without any of that. The basic premise of watching what you eat + exercise has worked for millions of people over time, so why would I want to spend my kids’ college savings on putting a scoop of this into that and shaking the fat right off. Seriously.

My progress toward the 5K is not where I’d like it to be, and I blame my daughter my cold. I really wanted to be able to run the entire 3.1 miles, and while that’s a walk in the park for many, it’s just not for me. So my plan has shifted to the reality of a part-run, part-walk 5K. And for only being my 2nd 5K to ever participate in, it’s a slow go, but I’m ok with that.

I will press on with my Couch to 5K app, my once-a-month personal trainer, and when the rain lets up, get out for a run a couple times this week.

Because – OH MY GOODNESS – it’s this Saturday!


Are you participating in the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon in any capacity? Runner, walker, volunteer, or otherwise cheerer-on?  I’d like to hear from you!

Leave a comment to be entered to win some fun gear courtesy of McDonald’s of central Indiana, including a McDonald’s Mini-Marathon t-shirt, pedometer, water bottle and more. This giveaway is open to Indiana residents ages 18 and older. Winner will be chosen at random using And The Winner Is… and will be contacted by email. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before another winning name will be drawn.

The contest is open starting NOW, and ends at midnight Wednesday 4/30/14. Good luck!

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This post is sponsored by McDonald’s of Central Indiana. I was provided with OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K registration and McDonald’s swag in exchange for my participation in this campaign. For more info please see my disclosure policy.


  1. Denise says

    I’m looking forward to running the 5K .My pace is pretty slow but I just love being able to participate at my young age of 56!

  2. courtney lickliter says

    I am running the mini! This is my 5th time running and I just hope my ankle and knee cooperate.

  3. Elizabeth says

    I will be cheering on my fiancee from the sidelines and probably finding a way to sneak over to the Chocolate Cafe in between his start and finish 😉