EARNED RUNS “DAY OF 5THS FIVE” Start a new tradition in 2018. Pin on, store in a pocket, or simply put on your refrigerator door an Earned Runs bib AND commit to completing an exercise activity that can be factored by the number 5, on May 5. Why? To celebrate the 5thday of the 5thmonth of the year, or Cinco de Mayo. It’s on this list of Earned Runs Events for this spring posted on the RESOURCES page.
Of course, May 5th is the celebration of the Cinco De Mayo holiday, but this date can also be an opportunity to be happy about the 5th day of the 5th month, and your ability to finish the 5thkilometer or the 5thmile of a personal race, run, walk, or bike ride. Or celebrate the completion of 5 sets of 5 pushups + 5 triceps dips. Or rejoice because this is the 5thday you woke at 5am to get in a workout at the beginning of the day.
Later in the day, if not immediately afterward, join everyone else who’s enjoying the festivities of CdM!”
Just what does CdM celebrate? A check of an item on history.com provides some information. Hint: It’s NOT Mexican Independence! Very briefly, “Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday commemorating the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).” The item explains that although in the United States the day “has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations”, it is not a major holiday in the country to the south.
For those looking to participate in the fun of this upwardly trending holiday AND find motivation to accomplish a fitness goal, Cinco de Mayo can provide a perfect opportunity. Like other holidays, CdM festivities can combine exercise and partying.
Identify a reasonable goal activity that can be completed/reached in one to five days; an exercise or move that you’ve been meaning to try or an incremental level to reach above your usual effort. Then simply commit to completing that activity on 5 consecutive days, or repeat it 5 times that one day. Whatever the task, the idea is that the number 5 is involved.
When you complete the goal activity and eventually join the fun, you’ll be celebrating tradition and yourself!
No motivation to break a sweat? Spend 5 minutes reading an article that improves some aspect of your training or fitness regimen. Alternately, to keep with the theme of “5” you might read “5 Benefits of Breathing Correctly” written by Erica Bellman for the MyFitnessPal.com blog. The benefits of developing a deep breathing habit described in this piece, include pain management, increased stamina, and improved lung capacity. The end of the article describes a mindful abdominal breathing technique.
If you would like to learn more about what the holiday celebrates, check out the History Channel’s history.com entry too. Then dig into some tasty chips and salsa. Donkey Totilla Chips and Garden Fresh Jack’s Special Salsa (medium) are my personal favorite combination
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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