Since the 1970s the sport of running has gained a lot of traction in the U.S. The initial surge can be tied to the first-ever U.S. Olympic gold medal win in the 1972 marathon event. According to researchers, we are in the midst of a second boom with record numbers of participants lacing up running shoes at competitive and fundraising events across the country. And some predict a third boom is just around the corner.
Thought I’m not an endurance athlete, I love lacing up my running shoes to head out on the trails. My runs are limited to 2 miles, but I’ve often considered signing up for a race. I work with several runners as a coach, and each one loves how much strength training has improved their running stamina and power.
Below is some great information from RunningShoes.com regarding the recent running boom, the competitive world of running, and running for a cause. Good stuff!