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FAL 2018

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h o u s e c a l l s { fall 2018 } 19 As the first cool whiff of fall breezes through the Lowcountry, we're reminded just why this area is ideal for outdoor activities—especially running. While summer's steamy dog days call for early-morning miles and plenty of hydration, mild autumn temps and snow-free winter paths are excellent for running. Both trail blazers and road warriors can find plenty of routes to get in their mileage, from the acres of dirt paths at Mount Pleasant's Laurel Hill County Park and the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on John's Island to the Ravenel Bridge and the lovely sidewalked neighborhoods South of Broad. Whichever your surface preference, set out on the right foot with the following advice. MAKE IT COUNT Hit the Local Road - Bridge Run too crowded for you? Check out its smaller sister on October 27, the James Island Connector Run. Participants in the 5K and 10K start in downtown's Cannon Park, traverse the Connector, and enjoy a post-race party. -Roper St. Francis Healthcare has stepped up as a sponsor for several local races this fall. Aim for fast finishes at the first LIVESTRONG at the YMCA 4K, an evening event that includes a free cancer-survivor run at Summerville's Wescott Plantation (November 17); the traditional Turkey Day Run and JOIN IN: PROPER FORM: Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving morning (November 22); and Summerville's Nexton Cocoa Cup, offering both 5K and one-mile fun run options (December 15). - Mark your calendar for other seasonal favorites such as the Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run two-miler at James Island County Park (November 8); Mount Pleasant's Old Village Harbor 5K (November 10); the Purple Haze 5K and Dog Dash, being held this year on Daniel Island (November 17); and the Reindeer Run 5K (December 8) downtown. As the song goes, we were born to run. From our anatomical makeup (with upright torsos and long, strong legs) to our ability to sweat to cool off, humans are naturally ready to go the distance, but to prevent injuries along the way, heed these tips: Head up, shoulders back. Elongate your spine, tighten your core, and maintain good posture to allow your lungs to fully expand and protect your lower back. Loosen up. Quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves are all used during running, so it's important to ease these muscles into it—and out of it. "Walk or jog for five to 10 minutes before starting to run," advises Levine. When finished, stretch for the same amount of time. Check your kicks. Before beginning, consider your sneakers' age, as worn-out shoes increase injury risk. On average, most footwear lasts for 300 to 500 miles, depending on your weight and the surface you run on (hot pavement and rugged trails sap shoes faster). Add variety. Running builds muscle and promotes weight loss, but a well-rounded diet of exercise and rest helps avoid injuries and tone other areas. Try strength training twice a week and take a day off when needed. P H O T O G R A P H B Y N A T H A N L E A C H

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