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Good for the gullet...

We're into those brutal hot summer days in Florida. Morning runs burn the fat off your body and you stand at the finish, sweat pouring in rivulets across the torso, down the legs, and into a puddle at your feet.

I like this time of year. Hard to fathom that this is my fourth summer in Gainesville and I have learned to embrace the heat and humidity and usually drop a few pounds in the process.

When you're searching for that zero calorie refreshment, consider a diet Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale. Now I know that's a mouthful and quite a combo of tastes, but it works. The can says there actually is green tea and "natural flavors" in the can, so have at it. Ice down a 12 pack and pour one back after a long jog.

Of course, you're getting the valuable antioxidants and a smidgen of chemical enhancers in the mix, but all in all I think it's a nice taste treat.

Let's all try and step it up a level this summer. Not to go faster, but to find a place where we can enjoy our sport with less overall effort and distress.

Let's get out there and have fun.

Next time: Running as a 10-year-old.

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