Running for Health and Cause

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli
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July 20, 2006

People run for all different reasons: to get in shape, to lower blood pressure, but some to save lives. Dan Bayliss coaches the local chapter for Team In Training, which trains beginning runners to run marathons, while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

"It's always giving back to the community. It's raising money for a good cause, and it gets you in shape," said Bayliss.

There are a few things beginning runners should know. First stay hydrated. Drink 12 ounces of water two hours before you exercise and a cup every 15 to 20 minutes.

"Remember, if you get thirsty, that's bad and if you get thirsty it's too late. You're already dehydrated," said Bayliss.

However, water alone won't do the trick. After an hour, blood sugar starts dropping.

"You need to replace the sugar levels and the electrolytes in your body, plus the electrolytes you lose in your sweat, especially on days like today," said Bayliss.

Once your hydrated don't forget to stretch.

"Most experts recommend you stretch after you exercise. That way it helps prevent injuries and it helps prevent with people getting sore the next day. That's a problem with a lot of people especially if you're running a lot of miles," said Bayliss.

Team in Training has an info session Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn.

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