Jelly Bean Virtual 5K Recap

Hello and Happy Hump Day! Only two more work days left this week, because I have Friday OFF. I am very much looking forward to a 3-day weekend. This will be my first 3-day weekend of the year and I am READY for it. I actually have no plans for the three days except to relax and have fun. I am thinking a pedicure may happen at some point. And hopefully one (or two) yoga classes.

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I met with the orthopedic surgeon yesterday and my surgery is scheduled for April 19th. WOOHOO!!! I am very excited. It will be great to have both legs feeling good while I walk. It will be June before he lets me walk for exercise again. Then it will be two months before I can do another 5K, but I already have one scheduled for August 10th. The timing is perfect.

Speaking of 5Ks, one of my goals for 2013 is to walk 13 5Ks. I am not 100% sure this is going to happen at this point. I just completed my third 5K and I have one more before surgery. That will be 4. That will mean I need to do 9 5Ks from August – December. That’s two a month and doable, but we will have to wait and see.

Now for the Jelly Bean Virtual 5K Recap! I joined in on the fun over at This was my first ever virtual race and to be honest, the reason I signed up was the BLING! The rules were to complete the race (there were multiple distances you could choose from) sometime between March 20 – 31. I decided that yesterday would be the perfect time, so I packed my bag for Planet Fitness before I left home.

I will say I was thrilled to see so many people at Planet Fitness. Normally when I go there are 20-30 people tops. I would say there were about 60 or more there yesterday evening.

I asked one of the staff members to take my picture with the Jelly Bean bib before the race. After the picture I selected my treadmill and hopped on. My goal was to finish the 5K. I hopped on the treadmill with my iPhone and my Jaybird Bluebuds X bluetooth headphones. I owe you a review of these fabulous CORDLESS headphones. Needless to say I LOVE not being attached to the phone while on the treadmill.

Jelly Bean Virtual 5K

First mile down. What was I doing while on the treadmill? Watching Monday night’s episode of Castle, entitled The Wild Rover. There are banks of TVs at Planet Fitness, but I prefer watching something on my own. The iPhone screen is a little small, but it works for me. This way I can also take pictures to Instagram or Tweet while I am working out.

1 mile

Halfway there. Leg was still feeling pretty good at this point. I RARELY walk this long on a treadmill, I am usually outside. I see why so many people detest the treadmill. It does get boring.


2.1 miles down and one mile to go! Once Castle finished, I turned on a playlist I had created for 5Ks and listened to some tunes. The worst part came around mile 2.5. The guy got on the treadmill next to me and he had terrible gas. I actually increased my speed some to try to finish faster.

1 mile to go

FINISHED!!! 3.1 miles in the book. The Jelly Bean Virtual 5K was complete!


Check out my race bib and BLING! Love it! My first race medal.


After I finished, I enjoyed the massage chair at Planet Fitness, then headed to pick up dinner for hubby and myself. The rest of the evening was quite relaxing.

What’s on your agenda today? Have you ever done a virtual race? What is your favorite race distance?

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5 Responses to “Jelly Bean Virtual 5K Recap”

  1. great job 🙂 I signed up for the jelly bean too, I need to do mine this weekend. So excited for the bling 😉