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Adrian     Running for a cause

With so many worthwhile causes to choose from, people are lacing up their running shoes to show support for charity events across the city this summer.

I can tell you that deciding to run my first half-marathon in April without training left me in pain for a week. I experienced muscle soreness and endured blisters for most of the 2 hours and 17 minutes it took me to complete the 21 km race. Although I have a good level of fitness from other sports and training, it does not replace the proper instruction and preparation needed to run a race.

By setting aside enough time to prepare between now and the big day, you can prevent injuries, improve your performance and, most important, enjoy the experience of supporting your cause.