Listen up.

There’s no Texas law prohibiting cyclists or pedestrians from blasting Oingo Boingo at cochlea-eviscerating levels, but without at least one free ear, you could be oblivious to the truck about to hook a right in front of you.

Surprise! Bikers have to obey traffic laws.

Despite our ever-expanding network of protected trails, any cyclist logging miles is going to end up playing Frogger among the four-wheeled big boys once in a while—which is why cyclists are legally required to stop at lights, signal lane changes, and generally follow the rules of the road.

Pedestrians don’t always have the right-of-way.

A catchy, if untrue, phrase. Pedestrians must use a designated crosswalk to have the full protection of the law. If you don’t, prepare to hear the horn.

For new runners, it ain’t a race

We have two words for the newbies planning to start with an impromptu half marathon up and down Buffalo Bayou: shin splints. Yes, that sharp, radiating pain is often caused by doing too much, too fast. To build mileage safely, start with two to four 20-to-30-minute runs per week, adding in a single run every second week.

Hydrate!

This is important year-round, but as things heat up in Houston, not drinking enough water is plain dangerous. An hour before a run or walk, down a tall glass of H20; if you plan to run more than 30 minutes, it’s a good idea to bring a bottle along with you. A post-run Topo—complete with natural electrolytes—never hurts, either.

Light ’em up, up, up

Running at night? You’ll want a headlamp. And if you’re on two wheels, state law requires, at minimum, a white light affixed to your front handlebars and a red reflector on the rear.

Good gear makes the difference

You don’t need to drop a paycheck on the latest carbon-fiber, Bluetooth-connected socks, but getting fitted for running shoes at a local shop will go a long way toward preventing painful, expensive injuries. Bikers should buy—and actually wear—a helmet with the brand-new MIPS certification for maximum brain protection.

Track your progress

Always looking for a new trail to try? The Strava app collects crowd-sourced running, walking, and biking routes all across Houston (and beyond). It’s also a social network, meaning you can share your progress and follow that of your friends, too.

Keep calm and get that massage

Soothe sore muscles post-run with a foam roller or, to recover from a really rough session, splurge on a deep-tissue massage at Oasis Massage Salon in Asiatown. You’ll be back on the trail in no time.

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