Vocabulary Reading:

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This article uses words from the 1000-2000 range of the General Service List. Read it. Then answer the comprehension questions.

Morning Run

Brenda knew that running would be good for her health. Ever since her baby’s birth, she had been promising herself that she would get back in shape. This morning when her husband and little Jerry were still asleep, she had finally gotten out for her first jog. It was the ideal sport because she didn’t need to buy much equipment to get started — just a pair of running shoes. She slipped her feet into her new shoes and bent over to tie them up. A curl of hair fell into her eyes. She combed it back with her fingers and stood up.

She started out with some stretches to loosen up her limbs. Then she took a deep breath and filled her lungs with the fresh morning air. It felt good to be alive.

“Okay, let’s go!” she said. She looked into the distance and decided to run a kilometer to the convenience store down the road, turn around and then run back home. She ran a while, but when she got to the convenience store, she felt weak in the knees and her legs would not take her another step. She stopped to rest. She was breathing hard. Her lungs felt ready to burst, and she was all out of breath. Her chest rose and fell. Awhile later, she walked back home. She would do better tomorrow, she promised herself.

When she got home, she checked on the baby. Luckily, he was still asleep. That meant she had time to shower and get cleaned up. After her shower, she blew dry her hair. As she was brushing it, she heard a cry coming from the baby’s room. Jerry was awake and demanding that she do something about his hunger.

“Hey, Precious! Mommy’s here!” she said, lifting him from his crib. She tried to kiss him on the cheek, but he kicked her in the jaw with his foot. “I guess I need to meet his most basic need first,” she thought, and she began to feed him.

“Was he worth all the trouble he causes?” she asked herself. She smiled as she looked into his dark eyes. It was a ‘no-brainer’.

“Mommy’s a little out of shape,” she confessed to him as he drank, “but that’s okay. You were worth it!”

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