If you can walk, then you can run. And, if you can hit five sales in one hour on a Saturday morning, then you can run a 5K on one of those Saturday mornings too! You can totally do it, and here is why you should:
If your workout routine has entered into the world of “raggedy and boring,” it may be time for a workout makeover. I started running races two years ago and ever since then I have seen dramatic changes in my physical health. Every season I have something new to train for and in doing so my workout regimen never has a chance to become dull. Running is great for increasing endurance, sculpting strong lean muscles and torching major calories. So go for it sis!
Chance To Make A Difference:
A difference that extends beyond your hot new bod, that is. Did you know there are approximately 12,500 5K races held across the country every single year? And guess what else? Majority of these races are attached to a specific charity or notable cause. Amazing right? Think about it, how often do you get a chance to break a sweat, achieve a personal goal and feed hungry children in your hometown ALL at the same time? Uhm, not often I assume. So make it bigger than a race, bigger than you and truly make a difference.
Adding “I ran a 5K” to your already impressive list of successes can and will fuel future triumphs. I pinky promise that there are days I would rather watch “Family Matters” reruns and eat cookie dough ice cream than go to work. However, on those days I remember that once upon a time I was afraid to run a 5K. And in spite of my fear I trained for it, finished it and above all, I didn’t regret it. Now when Mrs. Fear and Mr. Can’t come a knockin’, I can boldly shout, “I have, therefore I can. I can, therefore I will overcome!”
Did you know that the average wolf pack (yes I am referring to wild four legged mammals) consists of 12 wolves? Why? Because they are smart. Rolling solo is not only boring, but it also makes you a huge target for predators. Yikes! Ok, so back to you. Your “predators” are excuses for not running a 5K and your ammo is to roll deep. So recruit your girls. Accountability is everything when it comes to achieving a goal, and “homegirls that run together stay together!” I hear you now…Lisa, Jennifer and Brittany all said, “NO!” Don’t fret. You can join a running group and bond with like minded hard bodies in no time. Hello Black Girls Run! With over 60 groups nationwide there is probably one right down the block waiting for you to jog along.
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If someone told you, “Go to the gym everyday for a month and I will give you $10,000 bucks!” Girl, you wouldn’t miss a beat. Why? Because reward-oriented goals are way more achievable than ordinary “I hope so” goals. So sign up for a 5K race, try on that new Sacred Heart jumpsuit and then imagine yourself doing The Wobble in it all the way to the finish line. Boom!
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"