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"run in the family" = to have something in common

"Running marathons runs in our family. My father does it, and so do I."

"run late" = do something late

"The meeting is going to run late this afternoon, so I won't be able to go running with you then. Let's try it tomorrow."

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Running Shoes
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumrunning shoesconversationman - woman01:52

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are the potential physical and psychological health benefits of walking and running, no matter what the pace might be?

HELPFUL TIP: Getting the right running shoes is critical to good form and long-term health. A good running shoe store should be able to check your biomechanics to select the right shoe for you.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What problem does the man have at the beginning of the conversation?
A. The man is suffering from a foot injury.
B. The man forgot his girlfriend's birthday.
C. The man lied about his running ability.

2. What does the man want at the store?
A. some running shoes
B. a pair of running socks
C. a running hydration pack

3. How can you best describe the man's running ability?
A. He is an elite runner.
B. He is more of a couch potato.
C. He runs a number of 10k races.

4. The woman has run ______ under _____ hours.
A. 20, three hours
B. 25, three hours and 30 minutes
C. 30, four hours

5. The sales associate suggests that the man ___________.
A. break up with the woman
B. tell the woman the truth
C. start working at the shoe store

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
How does long-distance running compare to other athletic activities playing tennis, swimming, and yoga in terms of (1) conditioning, (2) endurance, (3) nutritional needs, and (4) equipment?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Road running on streets and running on dirt trails and rock in the mountains require different types of running shoes. Use the Internet to (1) find the difference between these two types of running surfaces (2) and recommendations on one pair of shoes for each type. What is the maker of the shoe? What specific features make it a good shoe? How much does it cost? Write a summary of your findings.

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