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    Finding Motivation to Keep Running

    There are days when you just don’t feel like heading outdoors to run or are just unmotivated to hop onto a treadmill. Some days you just want to rest and relax…which is good. But sometimes those lazy days string themselves together and you realize you haven’t gone for a run for a while. Either that or you may force yourself to go for a run since you’ve had too long of a long break.

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    More Bad Habits of Runners: Sunscreen & Sleep

    As runners, we need to take care of our bodies because of our physical exertion and respect our bodies’ need for adequate sleep. We also need to make sure we protect our bodies from the hot summer sun by applying sunscreen that will resist our sweat and which blocks both UVA and UVB rays. By dropping these bad habits and doing what is right for our bodies, we will be less susceptible to injury and disease.

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    Break Those Bad Running Habits

    Don’t we all have bad habits we want to break? As a runner, I know there bad habits associated with runners in general. But in order to become a better and healthier runner we need to break these habits. In Houston, TX, it is easy to cut corners. We often drive to the park to run and are in a rush to get home. It is also usually too hot to spend more time outside than necessary

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    Beginning Running

    One of the biggest mistakes beginning runners make is to do too much too soon. If you start out slow and pace yourself you will do better in the long run. You should begin with some stretching, squats and deep knee bends. Warm your muscles up with a brisk walk. Then you can pick it up and run at an easy pace. Build up your strength, stamina and flexibility. Train with a buddy and mix up your routines to make it more fun.

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    Dehydration and Running

    Dehydration is one of the first things runners should be aware of. As little as 2% dehydration can slow a runner down and have a negative impact on their performance. Once a runner gets to the point of thirst they are already becoming dehydrated. Proper fluids before, during and after running will help prevent dehydration.

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    Running Challenge: Chicago Winter Running

    Many factors play into running in cold snowy temperatures and only experience can help to prepare you for exactly what to wear, how to breathe and wear to step so you don’t slip. No matter where you live in the country, whether Houston, TX or Chicago, IL, different temperatures and conditions present different challenges, the trick is to listen to your body and think ahead of your run as to what to expect.

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    Running for Fitness

    Many people begin a running or jogging program with the expressed goal of losing weight. This was the case for me. And while any sort of vigorous exercise – running included – will help people to burn calories and lose weight, many people find it difficult to stick to an exercise program if the only benefit is on the bathroom scale.

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