All You Ever Wanted To Know About Distance Running

By: Adam Walters

The word running comes from the German word rinnen, meaning to flow. Its use to describe the sport of running seems quite apt as athletes do frequently seem to flow across their field of play. Running is a simple exercise that requires little equipment which makes it an excellent sport for everyone.

Running is a healthy activity for people of many different ages and is a great way to stay in shape and is one of the first forms of athletic competition. The origins of running as a sport can be traced all the way back to the first Olympic games. In fact, it is believed that the first thirteen Olympic games had only one event, a short sprint called a stade because it was the length of the stadium.

Running is one of three kinds of events that fall under the title “track and field." When running, jumping and throwing all around combined in one contest it is called a triathlon.

Competitors in different races must take different matters into consideration when training. Since long distance running requires a great deal of endurance, longer distance runners work on stamina in order to stay strong throughout an entire race. Spinters, on the other hand, must simply move across a track at the greatest possible speed.

Most races are characterized by the distance being run, like the hundred meter dash, but others have more descriptive names, like the steeplechase. The steeplechase, named for its similarity to a hunting course, is one of the more interesting events to watch. It shares far more in common with an obstacle course than it does with the hundred-meter dash. The various barriers and hazards must be avoided by the runner rough the obstacles without becoming injured or off balance.

Running is an easy, low maintenance sport that requires very little in the way of equipment. There is an entire industry based on the creating accessories for running but running shoes are just about the only important accessory. There are many reasons for competitors and non-competitors to run. It is an excellent means of losing weight, restoring energy as well as allowing a certain amount of time each day that is free for thinking through serious issues in life.

There are also countless health reasons to run. It is one of the most effective ways of achieving cardiovascular fitness, is excellent for the heart and has even been shown as a great way to reduce stress.

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