2 best friends | 679 miles | one virtual 5K


I’ve been struggling to get back into running since having Henry. I was doing okay towards the end of last year, but then sickness, holidays, multiple night nursings, house selling and a zillion other EXCUSES kept me off the roads.


When Another Mother Runner announced a virtual 5k, I decided that this would be my opportunity to get back out there with a goal in mind and hundreds of accountability partners.


And when I mentioned it to my best friend, Erin, she said she was doing the same training [but a more intense program since she hasn’t been lazy like me]. So while we can’t run together, we are going to train together and then we will both run a 5K on May 11. Unfortunately, since we live 679 miles apart, we won’t be running it together unless someone wants to donate their private jet to fly one of us to the other one … any takers??


We will be posting weekly [or more] updates on our blogs with our training and pictures and maybe even a Skype conversation or two. :)

For those of you who haven’t ever been to my blog, here is a little about me …

Keli Hoskins
Age: 35
Lives in: South Carolina with her husband and 3 kids – Emma [5], Lucy [2] and Henry [8 months]
Favorite running music: Fun., Alex Clare, Carly Rae Jepsen and Matisyahu
Loves: her Saucony ProGrid Ride 3’s and her pink Garmin Forerunner 10
Doesn’t love: getting up early or running in cold weather*

* this is subjective since I live in South Carolina

If you’re interested in joining the 10-week 5K training program, it started yesterday [but you can jump in anytime], and you can read more about it right here. Please comment if you are doing this so that I can follow along with your journey!

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13 Comment

  1. tehamy says:

    I’m so excited that you and Erin are doing this together! I have always found that registering for a race helps keep me motivated to run. You guys are totally gonna kill this!

  2. Katie P says:

    You are motivating me….I printed out that 5K Finish It thing, we’ll see.
    Dumb question…does it matter if I do this at the gym on the treadmill or do you really benefit from actual running on the road? When I tried running before, I got so tired of running around my neighborhood.

    1. keli says:

      It doesn’t matter :) I think it’s personal … I don’t like the treadmill, and gym memberships go unused around here, but I love running outside. But I know lots of people who do just fine on a treadmill :)

  3. Beth says:

    I need this so much – both the running and the support. I have a wedding to go to on May 18 + I turn 27 on May 25. This would be a great birthday present to give myself.

    1. keli says:

      Do it! We will support you!

  4. Erin says:

    Look at you with your fancy pictures! Show off. I’m so excited for this. LOVE YOU.

    1. keli says:

      I’m so excited, too!!!! Love you!

  5. K says:

    You guys are awesome.

  6. This sounds do able ;-) I ran my first 5k in October, hurt my ankle, and then there has been a string of illnesses, other peoples injuries, and cold (I’m in Charleston,SC) I don’t like the cold. Time to get off my whiny butt and run! Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Nadja says:

    I honestly think I have a running brain block. I get out there and can’t go further than a block. I know this isn’t the case as I played indoor soccer and that NON STOP RUNNING. Put me on a straight shoot and I’m stuck. What gives?

    1. keli says:

      it always takes me a while to get back to really enjoying running, but I truly have to power through for the first few weeks.

  8. Bobbi says:

    This is an awesome idea. You ladies will rock it.

  9. Elaine says:

    This is awesome. You know I love the running. I’m glad to be back at it too. And glad you and Erin (and others!) are motivating each other. :)

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