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OKLAHOMA CITY -- As the weather gets nicer, more people put on their running shoes, but if you plan on racing, proper training is crucial.

According to authorities at Temple University, some of the biggest marathons and triathlons in the country are reporting record numbers of participants, many of whom are first-time competitors.

Temple researchers believe the reason behind these increased numbers could be the growing amount of resources available to first-time runners, such as "e-coaching" programs and DVDs aimed at the beginning runner.

Although becoming more active leads to better health, improper training can cause severe injuries. Proper one-on-one training and careful attention to one's health is the best way to prepare for a race.

Training information before you start running that race: