In case you hadn’t noticed, running is on the rise with more participants joining the bandwagon every day. And personally, I can’t think of a better bandwagon to get on.
According to Running USA’s State of the Sport – Running Industry Report, running/jogging continues to show strong and consistent growth annually as running total participation (ran at least 6-plus days/yr) was up 2.5% overall in the last year. In addition, there are more running events and the purchasing of running shoes and apparel is on the rise too.
People are joining the running and or racing frenzy for a variety of reasons, including: fitness, weight loss, fun (yes, people actually run for fun), because everyone else is doing it/social, stress relief, and so on.
No matter the reason, I think it’s awesome. So what if you started running because you didn’t want to be the only one in your circle of friends who didn’t understand what a fartlek was or because your sister convinced you to sign up for a Color Run and you didn’t want to walk the whole thing, or even if you started running just because of all the fashionable running clothes/shoes that are now on the market. Look at you now! You are in shape, you are a runner. And even if your goal wasn’t to lose weight, chances are you lost a couple of pounds or you firmed up in places like your bum and calves.
So whether you are into running for the experience (Disney Races), the bragging rights (Tough Mudder), or the scenery (Grand Canyon Half Marathon), find your reason and hold onto it – especially as winter hits and motivation wanes.
“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you came in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” -Fred Lebow, NYC Marathon co-founder
Until Next Time,