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UT Health East Texas physician hosts running series teaching basics of the sport

Participants train to complete a 5K at the end of the training plan


Tyler (January 27, 2023) — Primary care/sports medicine physician and running expert Rebecca Peebles, DO, is leading a six-week series to teach the basic techniques of running.

Participants can download a six-week training plan with the goal of completing a 5K at the end of the training. They also can watch a weekly video on the UT Health East Texas Facebook page covering the fundamentals of training and have the opportunity to ask Dr. Peebles questions about their progress:

  • Week 1: How to use the training plan
  • Week 2: Fundamentals of running form
  • Week 3: Understanding basic nutrition
  • Week 4: No video
  • Week 5: Stretching and foam rolling
  • Week 6: Preparing for race day

As a runner herself, Dr. Peebles wanted to host the series to give the public a guide to getting into the sport in a way that promotes overall health and safety.

“The first step is really the hardest,” Dr. Peebles said. “I know from my own experience that having someone to help me get started and then having a community to keep me moving was the catalyst that has kept me active since I started. I want to help empower the public by giving them tools that they can use to start moving and stay active even after the running series concludes.”

The training plan began on Jan. 22 and concludes on March 4, the same day as the local FRESH 15 race. This gives participants the opportunity to sign up for a race at the end of their training. However, participants can sign-up and download the plan at any time. Visit for more information or to download the training plan.

Rebecca Peebles is a primary care/sports medicine physician who specializes in running medicine, osteopathic manipulation, nutrition and exercise as medicine. She practices at the UT Health East Texas Physicians clinic on Patriot Drive in Tyler. For more information about the sports medicine program at UT Health East Texas, visit

About UT Health East Texas

UT Health East Texas provides care to thousands of patients each year through an extensive regional network that includes 10 hospitals, more than 50 clinics, the Olympic Plaza Tower, 13 regional rehabilitation facilities, two freestanding emergency centers, regional home health services covering 41 counties, an EMS fleet of more than 50 ambulances and four helicopters, and a comprehensive seven-trauma center care network, including the region’s only Level 1 trauma facility.

As a partner with The University of Texas System, UT Health East Texas is uniquely positioned to provide patients with access to leading-edge research and clinical therapies while training and educating the next generation of physicians and other health professionals. The nationally recognized UT System also includes The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, as well as three other major university medical centers located throughout the state.

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