Compared to most other sports, running is somewhat different. You do not need to learn how to move, first and foremost. You do know how to run, even though you do not run on a daily basis.

There is no maximum age beyond which you can not get started, the second distinction between running and other activities. This is what separates running from other sports, including football. This is also why today you can see a lot of athletes who are well into their 40s and 50s in the parks and on the treadmills in the gyms.

You can find health advantages very easily with running. In as little as a week of running, the cardiovascular system will start functioning better. The reverse is also valid, however, that if you give up running for a year, you will start from scratch that your body will ache and resist just as it did when you began running for the first time. This varies significantly from, say, camping. In the fall and then again in the late spring, you can go camping a few times and you will not note any difference in your skills or comfort level.

In the 1970s and 1980s, some of the myths about running began to become common. Since running back then was very unusual, many athletes were serious about their dedication to the sport