To my left the competition; some black, some white, some tall, some short. Despite our differences we all had one thing in common, a desire for victory. At the sharp crack of the gun I engaged my muscles and powered down the track towards an unexpected gold medal and ecstatic friends. As a child I enjoyed something almost every other youth did, running. So when deciding which extracurricular to participate in, running track seemed natural.
Finally in the media, running served as a great influence for two people. Running positively influences society in three major areas such as lifestyle, fitness, and media. First of all, evolution of the human race is emphasized because of the importance of running which now allows society to continue the lifestyle it has today. Running has been defined as “to go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk and in such a manner that for an instant in each step all or both feet are off the ground.” (“Running”). As running has always been an important part in culture, especially those who were not able to rely on technology for everything and had to be self sufficient.
The outcome, the day of the marathon, is dependent on how successful the training program was executed. Long distance runners are the biggest advocates of the sport, always convincing others to jump on the training wagon. However, some runners, while they refuse to admit it, ponder if the effects of long distance running could be doing more damage than good. It is true that long distance running is potentially dangerous to the heart; however, research suggests that physician examination, as well as proper mechanics and posture during the training phase would ensure an enjoyable journey towards reaching an endurance goal injury free and would even benefit the heart in the long run. Research suggests that endurance running increases the risk of a heart attack because running this long of a distance, consistently for a period of 4.5 hrs., stresses the heart at increased levels.
running has been the center of major competitions (“Ancient Olympic Games”). From the Olympics to high school track meets, from trails to treadmills, and from a mile to 26.2 miles, running is a part of competition everywhere. The benefits of running are endless, and continue to prove that those who run are in the best state of health. Running has evolved in many variations, and each variation remains one of the best ways to remain in optimum health. Running competitively dates back to Ancient Greece.
Another expanding characteristic of running is using it as a social experience. It is a part of people’s routine to meet with friends and to catch up with one another. Track is a sport that is shadowed by the likes of football and basketball, but is definitely a crowd-pleaser at the Summer Olympics every four years. Yet track begins at the youth level and expands beyond high school and college. Even though it is not the most popular sport in America, it has made an impact on our culture and our lives.
Running the marathon is only half of the process. Training is very important with steps such as finding motivation, diet, safety, stretching, and last preparations the day of the marathon. With many physical, mental, and social benefits the hardship is well worth it. I greatly enjoy running and hope to one day run a full marathon. Running may be one of the oldest and most developed sports out there.
People think it is as simple as getting out of their bed to be able to run competitively but even the way they run is even requires enormous amounts of intense consideration. With all these examples in mind along comes a multitude of variations in which rung can be executed. Logically people would want to use the most efficient method to produce the fastest times when running. This would benefit all types of runners from beginners all the way to the seasoned pros. Every year 65% to 80% of all runners will suffer an injury (McDougal).
Running is an action or a movement, but actually it serves as more than just that. Running is what the human body was made to since the creation of the human species. Over many years of evolution the body has evolved and become adaptable to different types of running. Many who begin running at such a young age whether it is long distance or sprints,but have never stopped and realized, wait how is this affecting my body? Many believe that there is all good to running and that no harm can come from it.
Writing this essay about my personal experience with running sparked my interest in learning all of the health benefits that come with running on a regular basis. In conducting my research, I found that running is not only a great way to maintain a healthy weight, but it is also great for your heart, mind and mood, bones and joints, and other body systems. As most people know, running is a great way to burn calories and lose weight. No matter what the pace someone runs, fast or slow, people tend to burn about the same amount of calories per mile, it just depends on their body weight. Also, the body continues to burn calories even after the run is over as the body proceeds to repair the muscles used (Roth).