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Kick off 2015 with one of these runs or hikes

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The best way to start off New Year’s Day? Doing something physical, of course.

My routine always includes a long hike, swim practice or cross-town run. It helps me clear my head, shake off any late-night festivities and start the new year on a healthy note.

Here are some suggestions if you’re looking for a way to get your Jan. 1 sweat on …

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  • Join me at the annual Black Eyed Pea Run, hosted by Rogue Running. This casual, untimed, just-for-the-heck-of-it run, now in its 20th year, covers 13.1 miles (or you can opt for a shorter distance) and wraps up with black eyed peas, coffee, mimosas and fun with runners from all corners of our city. Even better? It’s free and open to anyone. Note: The route has changed. Due to new restrictions, this year’s run will stick to the city’s trail system. Maps provided. Meet at 9 a.m. Jan. 1 at Rogue Running, 410 Pressler. For more information go here.
  • pedernalesGo for a hike at one of dozens of Texas state parks hosting First Day Hikes. Among the Central Texas parks participating are Bastrop State Park, Blanco State Park, Buescher State Park, Colorado Bend State Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Garner State Park, Guadalupe River State Park, Government Canyon State Natural Area, Inks Lake State Park, Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Palmetto State Park and Pedernales Falls State Park. The events are free, but park entry fees apply. For a complete list of First Day Hikes in Texas state parks go here.
  • Life Time will host the annual Commitment Day 5K Fun Run on Jan. 1. The run is open to members and non-members who have registered in advance and starts at 10 a.m. at Life Time Fitness South Austin, 7101 S. MoPac. For more information go here.
  • The Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau will host the Kyle-O-Meter Resolution Run at 9 a.m. at Wallace Middle School. You’ll even have enough time to make it over to the Polar Bear Splash at the Kyle City Pool after the awards ceremony. Entry fee is $30 for adults, $20 for runners 18 and under or $15 for the Kids Dash. For more information go here.

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