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Women's Health's RUN 10 FEED 10 Miami Action Hero

In this blog post, Women's Health's RUN 10 FEED 10 Miami Action Hero Portia Lange shares how she got started running, and why the RUN10FEED10 race is particularly special to her.

WalkJogRun: Why did you decide to sign up for the RUN 10 FEED 10 event?

Portia Lange: Earlier this year I had formed a running group made of Belly Dancers…we called ourselves the “Belly Motions HIP Runners” (dorky? yes, I know). We had been running for months and were looking to participate in a 10K…that's when RUN 10 FEED 10 popped into my inbox!

WalkJogRun: Why is it important for you to run the RUN 10 FEED 10?

Portia Lange: As a kid I grew up on food stamps, lunch cards and government peanut butter (gross!) so RUN 10 FEED 10 speaks to me, I want to stand up to hunger and I will RUN to help end it. In addition, I wanted to use my position to inspire and motivate others to do something positive for themselves and for the community!

WalkJogRun: Which event are you participating in?

Portia Lange: I am a Women's Health Action Hero for the Miami, FL race on Saturday, September 29th.

WalkJogRun: What's it like running in Miami? How do you train through the heat?

Portia Lange: With tropical scenery, plenty of sunshine and a huge athlete community, Miami is a great place to train. The heat can be daunting and many runners choose to train in the morning or evening. Regardless, the heat brings a lot of eye candy…which is another great perk!

WalkJogRun: How did you get started running?

Portia Lange: I started my running journey in January, 2012 as a result of being inspired by my partner, Arturo Diaz. He is a dedicated triathlete who trains religiously. His early morning training schedule was't going to change…and as they say…”If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em!”…I think you get the point!

WalkJogRun: Are you a morning runner or an evening runner?

Portia Lange: Morning! I love to start the day with a nice run. I feel more alert, alive and accomplished for the remainder of the day…I also don't feel guilty for going to the local self-serve frozen yogurt shop…”Umm, yes, I will have extra toppings!”

WalkJogRun: Have you ever run a 10k before?

Portia Lange: Never…but I'll be there with bells and whistles…literally! I'm running with my coin belt!

WalkJogRun: Did you start with a 5k before moving up to a 10k?

Portia Lange: My training began with my iPod and a pair of sneakers. At first I ran by song…3 songs, now 6 songs, etc. Eventually I got a Garmin and I started tracking my time and distance…15 minutes turned to 30 minutes and this process continued on. Today I focus more on my running technique and time spent running with less concern on how far I go.

WalkJogRun: How has your training been going so far?

Portia Lange:Well despite a Hurricane scare, infamous Miami rain and a hectic schedule things have been going quite well. Whenever I need extra inspiration to train I think about how shapely “runner's legs” look and visualize I will have them one day…”Good bye chicken legs, Hello runner's legs!”

WalkJogRun: What's something you've learned since you started running that could help other runners?

Portia Lange: Learn proper running technique first (I prefer the Land, Lever, Lift approach), get an appropriate pair of running shoes with prescribed insoles if needed (to protect postural imbalances from causing chronic pain or injury), run in attire that makes you feel beautiful! You'll run better, I promise! We Belly Dancers have a little saying, “Glitter and rhinestones will improve your running by 10%!”

WalkJogRun: Do you enjoy any other sports or cross-training?

Portia Lange: You betcha! Belly Dance, Bikram Yoga, swimming, cleaning the house and shopping are some of my “extracurricular” cross training-activities!

WalkJogRun: What are your fitness goals and how is the Women's Health 10k going to help you achieve them?

Portia Lange: This 10k has forced me to make the time to train…it WILL be happening so as I like to say I'd better “get it together!” Slacking is not an option.

WalkJogRun: What are you excited for the most about the Women's Health RUN 10 FEED 10?

Portia Lange: To cross the finish line and meet my fellow finishers! We can do this! I'm also hoping to raise as much money as possible!

WalkJogRun: Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Portia Lange: Would love to hear from other athletes! Reach me at portia@portialange.com .

For more information about the Women's Health RUN 10 FEED 10, visit RUN10FEED10.com.