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Thursday, December 2, 1982
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thunday, December 2, 19t2 7-B Winter Holds No Fear For Dedicated Joggers NEW YORK (AP) — While jogging and running have become a popular means of physical fitness for millions of Americans, winter's plummeting temperatures, gusty winds, snow and ice often cause these exercise buffs to stow away their sneakers and sweatsuits until spring. But things don't have to be that way if a few precautions are taken, says Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon and now • the director of Sports Programs for Avon Products Inc. "Joggers should realize that the hardest part of running in the winter Is opening the door and stepping outside," says Ms. Switzer^ who is also considered the person most responsible for getting the women's marathon included in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. According to Ms. Switzer, the key to running in the winter — and enjoying it — is proper preparation. First, she recommends that joggers dress lightly. "Many people have the misconception that they need a lot of heavy clothing when they run in the winter, but that's not true. What they really need is layers of clothes. The layering traps warmth." Her own winter running gear generally consists of ballet tights (men can substitute knee socks or long underwear), sweat- pants, a long-sleeved cotton turtleneck, a sweatsuit jacket, a light nylon windbreaker, gloves, a hat and rubber-treaded running shoes. "The hat and gloves are the most important elements of the outfit," Ms. Switzer say, . hat is essential because more than 30 percent of your body heat is lost through your head, while the gloves are critical since your fingers are particularly susceptible to frostbite." Ms. Switzer advises all runners to "winterize" their skin with moisturizers that protect the eyes, lips and face. She also suggests that women use a lipstick and foundation with built- in moisturizers and sunscreens which provide additional protection against harsh winter sun, wind and chapping. Hair, she says, must be conditioned regularly because, like skin, it tends to dry and break in freezing temperatures. Ms. Switzer advises all runners to prepare their bodies for the cold by performing indoor warm-up calisthenics for about 15 minutes before a workout. These exercises should include stretching to loosen muscles and tendons, sit-ups with knees bent and jumping jacks. "It's important to get the blood flowing to all your ex- •tremities," she explains. "Once you feel that you are sufficiently warmed up, then put on your layers of clothing and begin your run very slowly. "Don't be afraid to adjust your workout to the fluctuations in temperature and to the predicted amounts of precipitation," Ms. Switzer says. "On extremely cold and windy days, don't run too far. And look for wind- shielded places to run, such as shopping areas, business sections and residential streets. "What most runners don't realize," she says, "is that they are stronger in cold air than hot. The reason is that they save energy by not having to dissipate excess heat." Beyond the wind and temperature, Ms. Switzer cites other conditions of the season which must be taken into account. "In the winter, a lot of drivers have ice on their windows and cannot see very far," warns Ms. Switzer. "For this reason, runners must wear a lot of reflective gear and make sure they get out of the way as quickly as possible when they see an oncoming car." yoi/ffg velours 13.99 girls Her Majesty robes Lace trim, button front long quilted robe from this quality maker. Girls sizes 4-14. arif. 13.9! 12.99 ,.„ ma's plaid & western shirts 11-99 L-XL. girls velour tops Soft, plush, cotton/poly velour. V or crew neck styles in pink, cream, purple, turquoise. 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Keeps freshness in. $35 value. royal classic towels Thick, thirsty j cotton terry in rich, luxurious |shades of pink, blue, green, I yellow, | russet, more! .99 hand, I 2.39 wash, 1.69 7.99 bath 4.99 REGION XIX Choir members chosen from La Porte High School include, front from left, De Wayne McLarrin and John Puryear, and back row from left, Kent Hale, Anne Peacock, Don Puryear and Chad Adams. The six were were chosen from 25 LPHS students auditioning for the choir. Collection Gives Glimpse Of Past TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dick Pack has a penchant for plates — the rectangular metal kind. He's packed 16,000 license plates into a collection which he claims is the fourth- best in the world, including auto registrations from the United States and 74 other countries. "The basic idea is to get one plate from every state for every year that that state has issued a plate," says the 42-year-old Pack, a Greyhound bus driver who moved here nine years ago from Chicago because of "winters." There are around 3,400 possible combinations of plates issued in the United States, he says, and he's missng 88 or 89. But his collection goes far beyond the minimum that the 2,000 to 3,000 traders, fanciers and serious collectors require. He has an impressive array of specialty plates. He says he got into the license-plate collection business — actually a hobby — about 20 years ago. He's bought most of his plates from fellow collectors. The first U.S. plate was issued by New York City in 1900, he said, though "there's some conjecture about that. "He adds, "The oldest I have is a 1901 city of Philadelphia plate." Cities began issuing the registrations before states did, Pack says. Initially, they gave out what were called dash- discs for dashboards, but motorists also had to mount the same numbers, on contrasting pieces of material, on the front or back of their vehicles, Pack says. "Wealthier people used porcelain enamel or wrought- iron,'' but leather and tin were used as well, mounted on another piece of metal, he says. Massachusetts issued the first statewide plate in 1903, intended as a perpetual registration. It went to an annual plate five years later — two years after Pennsylvania became the first to give out a yearly plate. Most of the ear- Boy Plaza Center 10 to 9 Daily San Jacin'o M.all 9:30 to 9:30 Daily ly plates were of porcelain, he says. The oldest plates tend to be rare and, if in good condition, valuable. But some states' issues are easier to get than others. For instance, early licenses from New York and New Jersey would be easier to get than from states such as Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont. Early Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Hawaii plates also are difficult to find. "Smaller population, climate has a lot to do with it," Pack says. Alaska? "There's only one 1921 Alaska plate known. And it's in someone's collection," he says with obvious displeasure. Another toughie is a 1914 Arizona issue, the state's first plate. Pack says he rates his collection so highly because "I know most of the older and bigger collectors, and I know pretty much what they have in their collections. They know what I have in my collection." For instance, those issued in Arizona include wheelchair, vanity, vehicle dealer, three types of antique auto — classic car, horseiess carriage (1919 and older) and historical vehicle (currently 1920 through 1957) — medal of honor win- 'ner, prisoner of war and consular plates. Many states issue special plates for elected officials. Arizona issues only the number "l" for the governor. Pack also collects various types of motorcycle plates. But he says he's most proud of four or five dozen plates, . particularly one that reads "Apollo 11 City of Chicago 1969." The special plate, designed on a 1970 Illinois issue, was obtained from the then- Illinois secretary of state, who had a spare set from a parade Mayor Richard J. Daley hosted in honor of astronaut Eugene Cernan, an area product. Another favorite is a counterfeit South Dakota dealer plate he managed to get through a friend. A Talk with Lana Turner probes further into matters the famous octree disclosed in her recently published, best-selling memoir. The exclusive interview is in this week's. . . Family Weekly The Baytown Sun Weekend Magazine

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