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Preventive maintenance is as important for bodies as it is for cars, and just as sometimes it’s best to get a mechanic to look under the hood, it can help to see a pro to maintain your running machine. Personal trainer Laura Tacquard, a certified myofascial foam rolling teacher, is an advoca…

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Whether you’re training for a marathon or taking a stroll around the block, efficiency is important. We all want to do what it takes to handle the long haul ahead. One overlooked component in running efficiency is ankle strength.

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Just about the time runners have recovered from the race known as the toughest 10K in Kemah, its counterpart, the Toughest 10K Galveston, looms ahead this weekend.

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It’s not always about how fast you go, or how far. Sometimes, it’s just about taking some steps in someone else’s shoes. Two upcoming walks raising funds for special causes give runners permission to slow down, just for a day, and walk in support of local organizations.

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It’s glow time Saturday night, when the inaugural Unbound Light Up the Dark 5K comes to Moody Gardens in Galveston. The Oct. 6 event features a 5K run/walk and a kids 1K starting at twilight, with runners equipped with glow sticks, glow paint and other ways to shine.

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Texas City will be the destination for many of Galveston County’s runners and walkers on Saturday, as two races benefiting good causes are scheduled for September 29. Both are family-friendly with an array of activities for all ages as well as certified courses for competitive runners.

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One of the area’s favorite events returns to Galveston on Sept. 30, when the Island Girl Triathlon brings its unique blend of bling, sweat and girl power to Moody Gardens. The all-women triathlon begins with a short swim in the Lazy River at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach.

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At this point, it’s beginning to seem like it may keep raining forever. In fact, the two-week forecast only shows three sunny days ahead, making it tough for fair-weather runners to get many miles in.

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It’s time to get tough, as the Toughest 10K portion of the Texas Bridge Series returns to the local race calendar on Sept. 16. This year, there’s an additional bit of toughness added to the race in its designation as the Road Runners Club of America National 10K Championship.

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With just three weeks to go, it’s time to go through the pre-race checklist for The Daily News Press Run 5K and 10K. There’s registering (online at galvnews.com/pressrun), doing a mileage check to decide on which distance to go for, 5K or 10K, and putting together a contest-worthy costume.

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If heat and high humidity aren’t enough of a challenge for a weekend run, how about adding in some mosquitos? The Mosquito Chase 5K, scheduled for Saturday in Clute, celebrates mosquitos, running and other aspects of coastal living. The timed race on a certified course begins at the Clute Mu…

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Hitting the midsummer point halfway between Memorial Day and Labor Day means two actions: One, that it’s usually hot outside, and two, that it’s time to get ready for The Daily News Press Run. The Press Run, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, features certified 5K and 10K courses, a kids’ 1K a…

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One of the joys of running is being out in nature, but sometimes civilization intrudes a little too much. It’s jarring to find trash along a favorite outdoor path or to have cans and bottles marring a beach run. Apparently, it’s a universal problem, and Scandinavians have addressed it by “pl…

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What gives, Galveston County? The Fourth of July is the second largest racing day in the country, yet there’s not a single Firecracker 5K, Four on the Fourth, nor other running event, patriotic-themed or otherwise, scheduled anywhere in the county for the holiday.