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Sarah Altman in Detroit is doing 16 things including…

run a 5k

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Sarah Altman has written 4 entries about this goal

Not Giving Up

Well, I still haven’t run the 5K, but I’m not giving up. I’ve been going to the gym for a few months, and I would like to start training myself to run soon. I am not a natural “runner”, despite running being a natural thing. There are techniques I will need to learn and stretches to do to avoid injury and get a stride.

New Date!

My friend, Rosalie, texted me tonight and asked me to run a 5k to benefit autism (and our health…) in April. April 30th is my new goal date. I don’t have a membership to practice running on treadmills, anymore, but I need to start out slow, anyway. I will probably start looking for some resistance training by walking through snow, and working on cardio.


I know I should have allowed myself more time to train, but I keep reminding myself this is not a marathon. So far, I’ve been able to run a mile at the gym without feeling like I’m overexerting myself.

I was feeling a bit discouraged yesterday when I told my dad about running the 5k and how it’s for a fundraiser for a girl in my school district. He commended my will to commit to a good cause, but seemed to think I was being a bit overzealous in my goal and focusing to much on “good-doing.” It’s because he knows I’m not a “runner” and am overweight – I believe he anticipates injury. My family has never focused much on good eating and exercise, but I know I can do this. Like my roommate said, “Running won’t kill you, not running will.”

getting ready...

I probably should have been training much earlier, but I found a race to run for a benefit for a girl with disabilities whose mother recently passed away in my school district. It is two weeks from today. I tried running on the treadmill at the gym and alternated run/walk every few minutes for about 3 miles. We’ll see how this goes!

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