Looking to get in shape during the holiday season? Here is a list of runs happening around the First Coast during the holidays. What better way to burn some of those extra feast day calories?
1. Turkey Clot Trot
November 22- Metropolitan Park
2. Casa Jingle All the Way 5k
December 6: Jekyll Island
3. Running of the Bulls 5k
December 6: Hemming Plaza
4. Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5k
December 7: Fernandina Beach
5. Divas Half Marathon
December 7: St. Augustine Beach
6. Festival of Lights 5k
December 13: San Marco Square
7. Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
December 20: Jacksonville Landing
8. 38th The Last Gasp Cross Country Race
December 21: Jacksonville University
9. 32nd Annual Jacksonville Bank Marathon and 5k
December 28: The Bolles School
It’s that time of the year again. The temperatures will soon begin to drop, and there will be a definite nip in the air! But none of these conditions should stop you from going out on your evening or morning run for some much-needed cardio exercise. There are always factors to keep in mind when you are putting on your running shoes to hit the streets. It’s important to arm yourself for these cooler temperatures, especially your feet and body.
You want to ensure you keep the warmth in your shoe and the cold mush out. When choosing the perfect running shoes, you want to pick a pair that has the least amount of mesh because they are the most comfortable and practical for the avid runner. After you have the shoes you are going to wear, browse your closet for technical, moisture-wicking fabric that will keep you warm and dry. Always remember: dress as though it is about 15-20 degrees warmer. You never want to OVERDRESS for the occasion.
Dr. Drew Bartell of the North Florida Foot & Ankle Center says, “As temperatures start to drop and we enter the fall and winter running season, it is even more important to incorporate 5-10 minutes of a smooth, slow warm-up run before you exert your max effort into the training run. Additionally, spending a little longer focusing on stretching your lower extremities will benefit you and help prevent lower leg and foot injuries.” Take care of your body, and it will take care of you. Your feet are extremely important, and these great reminders will help reduce the wear and tear on them during your endorphin-boosting run.
For more information on running in various weather conditions, visit www.NFFAC.com or call 904-236-5023 to schedule a professional foot evaluation.
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