Fit Louisville

2016

Greater Louisville Health Guide is a directory and resource guide to health providers and services in Louisville, Kentucky. Includes listings of area doctors and dentists, hospitals, nursing homes and emergency care.

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8 F I T 2 0 1 6 - 2 0 1 7 FIT Dunn, 14, is an eighth-grader and currently ranked frst in the country for middle school cross country in the 3K at Christian Academy of Indiana in New Albany. How'd you become such a great cross- country runner? "It's kind of funny — I used to hate exercise. I just didn't like sports in general. My parents made me join cross country (in ffth grade) to get me in shape, and the frst year I really liked it. After about two years I just started getting really good at it. "Runners, naturally from running, lose fexibility and strength; by gaining strength and getting fexibility, I become a better runner. My dad had this set of P90X DVDs that he bought years ago, and I took one out and played it one day and thought, I kind of like it. After practice I'd come home and do some P90X, and if I felt good I'd do some yoga. I'd just do stuff on my own to make me a better runner." What do you like about running? "It's a stress release for me because I have OCD and a lot of anxiety and for years I struggled with it, but once I started exercising, it released a lot of tension in my mind." What's your workout schedule like? "During the season, every day I'm running at least about three miles, but on days where I really go for distance I can run like 11. Usually what we'll do is: Monday distance, Tuesday speed, Wednesday distance — and go back and forth and do a little bit of what they call muscle confusion, where you're getting more results by changing up your workout." Do you have any goals with cross country? "What's really hard with the goals part is, because I have OCD I will obsess over my goals and I've learned, over this past season really, not to stress out so much about it. So what I decided to do was run as fast as I can and see how far I can go. That way I can really go for peace of mind, if that makes sense." Are there any runners who inspire you? "(1972 Olympian) Steve Prefontaine, he's a big one. But I also have one because of his faith. If you've ever seen the movie Chariots of Fire, you'll know about Eric Liddell. He was a big Christian. He ran really good times and he was awesome at the Olympics, but his thing was, 'God made me fast, so when I run I feel His pleasure.' That just sums me up." Bryce Dunn

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