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More and more people around the world are discovering how awesome running is for coping with stress, losing weight, staying fit, and finding new purpose in life.
Should we be surprised?
We marathoners have known all along how running can bring satisfaction to life in even the toughest times.
But now it seems our little secret is getting out!
According to an article in the Seattle Times
26.5 million people in the US run at least 50 days out of the year
16.4 million people in the US run at least 100 days out of the year
and 39.8 million running shoes were sold in 2009 in the US alone
529 marathons take place around the world every year (numbers are approximate)
Even in a global recession the running industry has continued to grow. Dave Willey, editor of Runner’s World Magazine was quoted as saying,
Running appears to be not recession-proof, but at least it’s recession-resistant . . .People tend to focus on things they can control, and they want to get healthier, so they start running more.
So, unless you’re a person who loves statistics, what does this mean for you? I found the figures from 2009 exciting for several reasons:
- There is no time like the present to get in shape and train for a marathon.
- You do have what it takes to run a marathon. Anyone can be a runner. Just get a good pair of running shoes, get outside, and go for it. If you’re a beginner check out our couch to 5k plan.
- Training for and running a marathon will benefit you in many areas of life. The discipline
and determination needed will carry over into other challenges you face.
So what are you waiting for?
You may not have control over your family, job options, income, or other areas of your life, but you can find success in improving your health and reaching goals.
We can’t choose our parents, the body we’re given, and many of the challenges we face, but we can choose how we deal with these issues.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.
Also Mentioned in This Episode
www.halfmarathons.net a good place to find a half marathon near you!