3 days until my 1st 5k...

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Well not exactly my first.  I did compete in one 5k ten years!  My body and training habits have changed a lot since then.  I have said this numerous times before, but running is not my favorite exercise.  However, the Blackhawks Mad Dash to Madison is for a good cause.

I am confident that I will be able to complete this race.  At what time I will complete it, I'm not sure.  Most of my training involves short bursts of intensity.  Whereas, individuals that train for marathons or other long events have trained so that they can last for an extended period of time.
Your muscles become accustomed to the type of training you do.  I have
been dancing for 23 years.  My muscles are used to doing explosive
movements that last for a short period of time.  So this event will be
more of a challenge for me than some one who runs frequently.  Those
people have trained their muscles for endurance activities. 

Now this is not to say that someone can't have the strength to perform
short bursts of activity and successfully complete endurance events. 
However, they most likely would not be as successful as someone who
trained specifically for one of the activities.  Specificity is a
training principle.  The principle is if you want to be good at a
specific activity; swimming, running or weight-lifting, you train for
that activity.  Therefore, you swim to become a better swimmer, run to
become a more efficient runner and strength train to become stronger
for weight-lifting. 

Think about your goals and what you want to accomplish.  You will want
to train and exercise differently to become an endurance runner versus
a sprinter, for example.  Let me know if you have any questions about
your training routine. 

I'm off to run in this beautiful weather.  Have a fun and fit day, Chicago. 

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