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Running in Cooler Weather

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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.

Family Friendly Trails on the First Coast

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Here is a list of bike trails that are great for a family ride. You can ride the whole loop, or just do a short stretch.

The S-Line Urban Greenway
Length: 1.5 miles
Built along a former CSX railroad line, this urban bike trail runs through the historic Springfield and Durkeeville neighborhoods. It starts across from the intersection of Kings Road at Myrtle Ave. North near the Beaver Street Farmer’s Market.

The Amelia Island Trail
Length: 6.2 Miles
This trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway, a trail network that stretches from Florida to Maine. The trail begins at Peters Point Beachfront Park (1974 S. Fletcher Ave) and goes to Amelia Island State Park (parking available, State Road A1A North).

Timucuan Trail
Length: 18 Miles
This trail offers camping options and beach accesses. The ride traverses through Big Talbot Island State Park and Little Talbot Island State Park. Parking and trail access can be found in Big Talbot Island State Park (located on State Road A1A North) and Little Talbot Island State Park (12157 Heckscher Drive).

Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail
Length: 15 miles
Canopied paved trails rich with wildlife, this is a wonderful trail for a family ride. The Imeson Road trailhead is closest to Jacksonville, and a great place to start. Midway along the ride you will come across the remains of a Civil War encampment. To reach the Imeson Road trailhead from downtown Jacksonville, take I-10 west to Exit 356/I-295 North and head up I-295 to Exit 9/Commonwealth Avenue. Drive west on Commonwealth about 1 mile to Imeson and turn right. The marked trailhead is on the left.

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