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In the book Raymond’s Run, Squeaky practices her running in a variety of ways. She practices her breathing while walking down Broadway with her brother, Raymond, who has hydrocephalus and needs to be cared for. During their walks she slowly breathes in and breathes out to the count of seven which she considers to be her lucky number. In addition, she runs around the block each morning before school. When she accompanies her mother on shopping trips down 34th street, she high kicks her legs as they walk, which often has her mother pretending not to be with her by walking ahead of Squeaky. Another way she gets ready for races is to race against her father who is known in their neighborhood to be the fastest runner. He is able to beat her, even though he gives her a head start but she continues to race against him in order to improve.
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