Why Run? Here are just a few reasons.
1. Running is one of the most efficient paths to cardiovascular fitness: 30 minutes a day, 4 times a week, will yield excellent levels of fitness with a small amount of devoted time.
2. Running is accessible: Regardless of where you live, travel, etc.. all you need is a good pair of shoes and some comfortable clothes. You don’t need to stress about finding a gym or carrying with you bulky equipment.
3. Running is inexpensive and simple to learn. Did you ever play tag, chase after a soccer ball, or run to catch up with your friends? Guess what? You ran. All you need is a good pair of shoes, no need to spend a ton of money on equipment that will just need to be maintained and tuned up.
4. Stress relief: 30 minutes of easy jogging can dissolve stress and enhance your self image. Running can easily make you feel like you can accomplish anything that faces you.
5. Weight control: Very few activities burn the amount of calories that running burns.
6. Running mixes the best and the beginners … everyone is on even playing field. You might not be able to play in the World Series or the Super Bowl BUT most races are open to anyone that wants to attend. Everyone starts and finishes in the same location. There is nothing I enjoy more than finishing a race and then going back on course to cheer everyone on.
7. Running is for EVERYONE. Whether you are 6 years old and attempting 400m around the track, 80 years old going for an age-group win, 40 years old and just taking your first steps in becoming a runner, 16 years old and running in school on the track team, or 30 years old trying to qualify for the Olympics…everyone can partake in this rewarding sport.
Runners are a unique bunch (especially distance runners). We are all out cheering each other on, motivating each other through the good and tough times, and supporting our wonderful community. So… arm yourself with a pair of running shoes, an open mind, and a smile and Let’s Go Run!