BIB USE SUGGESTION: CINCO DE MAYO FUN Start a new tradition this year. Pin on, store in a pocket, or simply put on your refrigerator door an Earned Runs bib AND commit to running or walking a distance that can be factored by the number 5, on May 5. Why? To celebrate the 5th day of the 5th month of the year, or Cinco de Mayo. It’s on this list of Earned Runs Events for this spring posted on the RESOURCES page.
“DAY OF 5THS FIVE (5miles or 5 K)
Of course, today 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 5th kilometer or the 5th mile of a personal Earned Runs race, run, or walk. Afterward, join everyone else enjoying the festivities of CDM!”
Below is the 2016 post on the holiday, which has been updated to include some information on its origins from the history.com link.
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. So, if anyone is looking for a reason to party and run, Cinco de Mayo seems to be the perfect opportunity. Run or walk on this day with friends or solo
In honor of this 5th of May celebration, below is a link to “5 Benefits of Breathing Correctly” written by Erica Bellman for the MyFitnessPal.com blog. It’s a stretch, but there are 5 benefits for the 5th day of May, get it? The benefits of developing a deep breathing habit, described in this piece, could be of help to runners. They 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, besides an American excuse to eat Mexican food and drink margaritas, check out the History Channel website piece too.
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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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