Virtual 5K Roundup

I think I can go ahead and call the first ever Catholic Exchange Virtual 5K a success.

Some of you not only ran/walk/limped/crawled it, but you even managed to blog about it.

Colleen runs faster than I ever will.

Micaela ran it and took pictures.

Amy completed it in the rain with two children in tow.

Ellen could feel my “haunted New England” vibe as her route took her past a tremendously old, totally haunted house.

Sarah ran it in a pink shirt I’m seriously coveting.

Jen is so tough she ran TWO 5Ks in one day! (kinda)

And Dwija is going to have to do another post on the run, just to include all the hilarious pictures (featuring a whole host of bloggers) of her 5k-turned-frat-party.  This picture she sent me just may be my favorite:

There were runners from Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, California, Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut, some other states I’m forgetting to mention, and then Canada, and South Korea.  A special mention to my friend Michelle in Australia who wasn’t able to run on Saturday due to a family bout with the flu, but whose training picture you can see in the upper right hand corner of the collage.  That’s her- pushing a jogging stroller that seats four children.  She told me how much the stroller weighs, but it was in the metric system, and the mind recoiled at the thought of anyone ever jogging while pushing that much weight.

Finally, I’d like to say thank you very much to everyone who participated.  And for those of us who wished we had trained a little more than we did (or, in my case, at all), I leave you with my mother-in-law’s words of wisdom, which had me spitting my post-race wine out onto the computer I was laughing so hard:

“Why or why do your plans sound like such great ideas that one would go for a 5K without any practice, training, or dry weather, or flat ground? why why why ?? As I headed out, I heard the song in my head going “the things we do for love” later in the walk, I wonder why am I doing this, why do Cari’s ideas sound like such good ideas? Anyhow, I am sure I am a better person for having participated in the Virtual 5K. About mile 1 – my right hip began to have a very pronounced shooting pain, by mile 1.5 or so, I was wondering where are the workers with the water?, about mile 2 my thighs began to ache, about mile 2 1/4 I began to pray, for my BSF class members, my children and grandchildren (each one by name). Then, at the end as at the beginning, I began to thank God for His creation. I was amazed that He created an air bubble in a puddle for me to see. I thanked Him, walked along in awe – – and He began to make more bubbles for me to see. Praise God for His gentleness, His creativity, His power, and His love. I survived !!

Cari Donaldson


Cari Donaldson lives on a New England farm with her high school sweetheart, their six kids, and a menagerie of animals of varying usefulness. She is the author of Pope Awesome and Other Stories, and has a weekly podcast about homesteading at

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  • So good, so good! I love how that photo does not even scandalize the whole event as I feared it would. Thank God.

    Oh, and Chevy = world’s most accommodating dog. This was super fun!!!

  • Sarah@WithAHopefulHeart

    Woo-hoo! We did it!! Great post Cari and awesome photos. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so please do it again 🙂 I was honored to be a part of it with some pretty awesome women/men and thought of you all the whole time I jog/walked it.
    Here’s a good one- just actually checked the mileage on my 5K (hello, why didn’t I do that beforehand?) since I decided the route last minute and guesstimated. Guess what? Found out today that I did 3.8 miles. lol.
    I think that extra .7 miles may have added to my (still) aching thighs. Or that fact that I’m not as young as I’d like to think.

  • Micaela @ California to Korea

    Yippee!!! It was truly so much fun. Next time I will round up a bunch of ex-pats, military, and Korean friends and do it as a group. Of course, then I may be pressured to complete it in a reasonable amount of time… Thanks for hosting, Cari, and for all the funny bloggers for sharing their experiences, both debaucherous and inspiring.

  • Happy to have been a part of it!

  • Ellen Johnson

    So fun! Thank you for helping get my rear in gear!

  • jen

    Yeah… I didn’t actually *run* it. I walked. My philosophy of running is that I only run when chased.

  • I ran my half marathon that day and thought of all of you 😀
    But really, I still ache.