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Katie Holmes Is High on Running

By Ashley Ross

It's atypical for celebrities to turn the tables and ask questions during an interview. And who would expect Katie Holmes to be one of them?

“Is there a certain mileage you have to run per week to work at Shape magazine?” she inquires when calling. The answer is no. But if there were, we’re pretty sure Holmes would make the cut. In 2008, the actress and fashion designer ran the New York marathon and hasn’t stopped running since.

“When I was training for the marathon, I was doing one long run a week and a day of sprints; it was very intense,” she says. “I prefer a long run because I love the runner’s high.”

Holmes doesn’t only lace up her sneakers. She’s always been an athlete and likes to try various exercises like yoga, spinning, dance classes, and weight lifting. And while she certainly stays healthy on the fitness front and sticks to mostly vegetables and fresh, organic foods, she’s recently taken a new approach to her health by teaming up with Kohl’s to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Between February 12 and 17, customers who earn Kohl’s Cash coupons will receive a pink version of the traditionally green coupon that they can use toward purchases between February 18 to March 8 , which will result in a donation to Susan G. Komen. The company, with Holmes’ involvement, will donate a minimum of $100,000 and up to $1 million to the breast cancer research foundation.

“I want to encourage women to continue to talk about breast cancer and make sure that we all get our check-up and take care of ourselves,” Holmes says. “As a woman and a parent, I’m used to taking care of everyone around me, and we tend to neglect ourselves in an effort to take care of others. But in order to be there for the ones you love, you have to make sure you’re< healthy.”

This partnership comes on the heals of controversial study results from the British Medical Journal, that tracked more than 80,000 women over the course of 25 years, half who were randomly assigned to mammograms and half who had no mammograms and performed breast exams on themselves. The study found an identical rate of deaths in both groups, concluding that mammograms don't reduce death from breast cancer.

Despite these conclusions, the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging released a statement saying that these results “should not be used to create breast cancer screening policy,” and Shape agrees it’s important to screen and self examine. It’s clear Holmes concurs and that, through her partnership with Kohl’s, she is hoping to open up the conversation for women who are afraid to discuss breast screening trips to the doctor.