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How to Start Running

Join board-certified primary care/sports medicine physician and running expert Dr. Rebecca Peebles as she guides you through a six-week training plan to help you complete your first 5K, or 3.1 mile run.

Each week watch a new video highlighting running basics and what you’ll need to know for your first race. Training plans begin on Jan. 23, but participants can sign up and download the plan at any time. Check out the topics below:

In the first video, Dr. Peebles will go over how to use the plan to improve your health and achieve your running goals.

Learn the dos and don’ts of running technique to help improve performance and reduce wear and tear on your body.

Dr. Peebles sits down with Matt Meredith to discuss how to supplement your new running routine with a healthy and balanced diet.

Join Dr. Peebles for a live Q&A to review your progress. Ask her questions in real-time as she walks the trail with you.

  • Date: Saturday, Feb. 12
  • Time: Group Run at 8 a.m., followed by a Live Chat at 8:45 a.m.
  • Event Link: Trail Chat with Dr. Peebles
  • Word of the Week: Wingman

Learn new stretches to prepare for and recover from a run and help reduce your chances of injury.

Race day is just around the corner! Learn how to adjust your training and diet to best prepare for the big run and what to bring with you on race day.

At the end of the six weeks, you can choose to compete in the FRESH 15. Runners who complete the training and collect all the keywords can pick-up a free t-shirt at the UT Health East Texas Physicians at Three Lakes during packet pickup and on raceday of the FRESH 15. Sound like something you’re interested in? Click to sign-up and download the free training plan.

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Talk to the Doc

We’d love to hear from you! If you have questions about this week’s video and how it applies to you, fill out the form below. We’ll reach out to Dr. Peebles and answer as soon as we can.

Need a safe place to run?

The UT Health East Texas Olympic Center is a medically-certified fitness center with nine locations across East Texas. It’s offering discounted $50 six-week memberships to anyone who signs up for the running series. Click here for more information and to find a location near you.

About Rebecca Peebles, DO

Rebecca Peebles, DO, is a primary care/sports medicine physician at UT Health East Texas Physicians on Patriot Drive in Tyler. She specializes in running medicine, osteopathic manipulation, nutrition and exercise as medicine. “I employ a holistic approach while looking for the problem behind the problem, rather than just treating the concern at hand.”

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