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Testing the Physical Divide

Today I ran 3.35 miles in 31:53 minutes.  This gives me an average pace of 9:35 a mile.  I can actually do a 9 minute mile when I push a little.  But today was the first time I’ve run a whole 5K. 

I’m training harder now because I decided to actually enter a race.  Running a 5K race has two great benefits for anyone. 

First of all, it is a healthy goal.  Achieving this goal isn’t about trying to make a body into something perpetuated by a perpetually unhealthy media.  If you can run 5K, it doesn’t matter how much you weigh, or what your dress size is.  If you can run a 5K, you have a healthy heart.  You have strong limbs. 

Second of all, many 5K races, like the one I am running, have a cause.  You are not only doing something good for yourself, you are doing something good for someone else. 

My cause?  Though it doesn’t run in my family, I know two women with breast cancer in my neighborhood, so I will be running the Race for the Cure with some other ladies.  $125 will pay for a mammogram for someone, or perhaps the materials needed for education, like pamphlets, or for research. 

Last year, my goal was simply to exercise.  I wanted to do this long term.  I wanted to commit myself.  I came home sweaty from just walking.  I thought about a 5K, but I told myself that I would just walk it.  Running would be too hard on my joints, I told myself.  But I got to a limit - an interesting one, actually.  I couldn’t keep my heartrate up as much as I wanted during exercise, and bikes really hurt my hind end.  A 15 minute mile was practically a stroll in the park.  So I tried a bit of running.  Running is hard on joints, but easier than walking a 12 minute mile.  Not too bad.  

I can tell you, that in getting fit, I am pushing myself only as hard as I did then.  Slow and easy, I added only one half a mile a week to my run until I got to a little over 5K, and to running for 30 minutes.  

Test yourself.  Your limits will be different. The things you need to overcome will be different.  I have a baby, who was 7 months old in that post.  He is now nearly 14 months old (and still nursing, so I still can’t go out in the wee hours).  If I can do this, so can you. 

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  1. Good for you, Ami. Good luck!

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