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Why run? Running is an exercise available to almost all people. It also has one of the lowest equipment needs of any sport. You don't need a ball, a field, or an umpire. You don't need a gym, a pool, or a track. You might already own everything you need: running shoes, a T-shirt, and a pair of shorts. That's about it.

Sure, there are runners who go beyond the basics. As with other competitive sports, runners make use of gadgets like GPS-enabled sports watches, fancy warm-up suits, and elaborate heart-rate monitors. However, these aren't essential items for the beginner or novice runner.

Another benefit is that you can run alone or with other people. You might run with friends who run at the same pace or run against them competitively. You can choose to run with one person or with a large group. Running is good for the whole family. All ages are encouraged to participate and compete.

There are runners everywhere in the world. Going on a trip? There are runners all over the United States, Europe, Australia, and South America. Just name a locale, and there is sure to be a local running club. Don't know where to go for your next vacation? How about a 5K race in Charleston, South Carolina, or a 5-miler in Chicago? Try a marathon in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, or Hawaii. There are thousands of running events held each year in vacation spots all over the United States and the world, from the 5K to marathons.

The point is that runners are everywhere. And everyone who runs is a runner. Even the man or woman who finishes last in a 5K or a marathon is still called a runner. How fast you run is not a yardstick by which other runners will judge you. In running, it's not you versus the other person. The supreme fascination of running is that it is you against you!

Beginning a running program offers numerous benefits, not least of which is your health. For every hour you run 10-minute miles, you burn 4.2 calories per body pound. Jumping rope burns 3.8 calories per body pound and swimming 3.5 calories per body pound. Half an hour spent running is comparable to riding a bike for an hour, chopping wood for an hour, or playing tennis doubles or doing weight training for an hour. Compared with other fitness activities, the benefits of running provide a time-saving advantage in a fast-paced world.

Take it from Ed Daley of Freehold, New Jersey: “I began running in 1979. It enabled me to keep my weight down and it improved my quality of life. I enjoyed life more, I wasn't tired, wasn't heavy. I was able to do more things with ease and comfort. Running improved my fitness and my outlook. I felt better about everything.”

In this book you'll learn how to stay on track and become motivated enough to get to the point where you don't want to miss a run. There's also lots of important running-related health and nutritional information as well. Many folks shy away from learning about physical fitness because they think it is complicated, but this book simplifies the subject for you. Your running will benefit from your increased expertise.

Find out for yourself about the new healthier lifestyle that awaits you. It costs pennies a day and will make a huge impact on your life. The latter is the best reason of all to start. Enjoy, and good luck!

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