Whether you are planning a marathon or 5K, or like to hit the trails, streets, or on the beach, establishing a running routine has definite health benefits. Douglas Paddon-Jones, a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism at UTMB, has been running since he was a child. “Growing up where I did in Brisbane, Australia, we’re kind of active by genetics,” he said. Now, running is part of his daily routine. Paddon-Jones gets up at 5 a.m. each morning for a run or ride. “If I take more than a couple of days off, I start to feel it,” he said. “I think a lot of people might say that they can’t because they need the sleep, but if you can fit in the exercise, you’ll have so much more energy. With just a little bit of habituation, you get past those early aches and pains.” Paddon-Jones has participated in a number of marathons and four Iron Man triathlons. Part of the allure of running is the convenience, he said. “If I’m away at a conference, I’ll pick a landmark and run to it,” he said. “If you’re in a city, there’s no better way to see it than running or walking.”