A few weeks ago, Active.com contacted me to see if I'd be interested in writing for their website. Of course I said yes. What an honor! I've been reading and using Active.com for years. It's an awesome site for fitness and running information, not to mention a huge resource on races as well as registering for them.
Below is my first article for Active.com. Hope you enjoy it. Keep an eye out for more RunnerDude articles on Active.com!
According to Running USA’s State of the Sport 2010 report, an estimated 43 million total runners nationwide enjoyed the sport in 2009. That’s up 6.7 percent from 2008. Actually in the last nine years, total running/jogging participation is up 40 percent, running/walking on the treadmill is up 38 percent, walking for fitness is up 21 percent, and trail running is up 16 percent.
Many new runners head out with good intentions and admiral goals, but often find themselves overwhelmed or unenthused with the progress of their new activity. Why is that? Running is often the first choice of new fitness enthusiasts because of the low start-up costs, the fact that you can do it just about anywhere, and there are no long term dues or fees associated with running. One sport that hasn’t been hurt by the bad economy is running. Buy some shorts and a T-shirt and a good pair of running shoes and you’re good to go. How hard can it be, right?
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