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During the winter months, it’s easy to be less active. With spring comes warmer temperatures, new growth, the sound of birds and a desire to get out running again. Keep these tips in mind while coming out of hibernation:

Start slowly
– Trying to pick up where you left off in fall could lead to injury. The general rule is to increase no more than ten percent each week. If you are injury prone or recovering from an injury, reduce that percentage to five percent.

Take inventory – Check out your running gear and make sure your shoes aren’t worn-down. Running shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles.

Set a goal – Whether you are new to running or have been running for some time, setting goals can be beneficial. It may be as simple as wanting to run for 20 minutes without stopping, running your first 5K or completing a marathon. Whatever the case, set a goal.

Be prepared for weather – Spring weather can be very unpredictable. Dress in layers and make sure you have a water-resistant jacket incase a shower pops up on your run.

Keep your allergies under control – Spring weather can make you sneezy and itchy. Run indoors or take allergy medication, if needed.

Couple running in spring
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