Now, before you get way jealous (because HELLO, it’s Mindy Kaling, one of the funniest, smartest, all around slinkster-coolest girls in the public eye), I have to be really clear here. We don’t actually run together, but then we kind of do. See, I run at the Y in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, and she probably runs somewhere in my hometown of L.A., but when Mindy and I run, we run foot-pound for foot-pound at the same exact pace. And that pace? Well, it’s kind of slow. An 11-minute mile, to be exact.
Mindy told US Weekly, “When I’m not in production, I go for jogs five to six days a week,” she adds. “There’s a history of heart attacks on my father’s side of the family, so I do think about cardiovascular health. I’m an avid slow jogger. I always hesitate to go on runs with my friends because my pace is so slow. I’m talking about an 11-minute mile . . . ”
The thing is, I’ve always been really proud of my 11-minute mile! When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to run because of a heart condition that could get triggered by cardio exercises like jogging, skipping rope, jumping up and down a lot . . . basically anything fun. I had to sit out in P.E. classes and miss out on three-legged races. Some girls were jealous that I didn’t have to get all sweaty in the middle of the school day, but in short, it sucked. I just wanted to run like everybody else.
My heart has been pretty darn stable in recent years, and so I decided to at least try to start walking on the treadmill a couple times a week, just to get healthier. Truth? It was flat-out boring. I was dying to go faster, so I cranked the speed up to a slow jog one day, just to see what would happen. I felt so bad ass! Over the years, I’ve sped up my run more and more, and every time I’ve run, it’s been a reminder of just how much I’m really capable of (often more than I think). That said, I’m pretty confident that an 11-minute mile is my limit. Any faster, and my face turns a distractingly neon shade of raspberry–not really the look I’m going for.
Yes, I know my pace is slow. And when my friends or boyfriend suggest hitting up the track together, I know it’s probably not a good idea, since they’ll leave me in their dust (and they should!), but my homegirl Mindy Kaling and I can run together any day. Non-athletic (but super determined) girls, unite!
Do you wish Mindy Kaling was your workout buddy? Do you run? What’s your pace? Tell us in the comments!