Running Intro and Interesting Facts

These days in case you hadn’t heard, women are running the world…………

MattRoberts02-0798 imageRunning is the perfect sport for women. Why? Because women are disciplined, determined and incredibly well organised. We have to be in order to succeed in all the roles society layers on us – job, housework, mother, wife and much more. Running comes easily to most women, because all running takes is discipline, determination, organisation – exactly what we have!

Women take up running for a variety of reasons. Some want to improve their health, lose weight, run competitively, find a new hobby, socialise or use it as a stress release. Running is free and therefore the most accessible and convenient form of physical activity.

Whatever your reasons or your current ability this page is designed to encourage beginners, all the way through to helping the more experienced runner improve. For the next month I will be posting regular articles, advice and training programmes to help you achieve your individual goals.

Interesting facts about running

Did you know that………

(Olympic related)

  1. The marathon originated from the Anthenian victory over Persion invaders near the bay of Marathon in Greece in 490BC. A Greek solider ran 25miles from the battlefield to Athens with news of the victory.  A Marathon was incorporated into the Olympic Games when the modern series began in 1896.
  2. Paula Radcliffe still holds the world record for the women’s marathon time at 2 hours 15 minutes and 25seconds set back in 2003.
  3. Track and field is thought to have emerged from the first Olympics held in Greece in 776 B.C.
  4. The standard distance for an outdoor athletics track is 400m whilst the indoor tracks are 200m with banked turns due to the small turning radius.
  5. The current world record for the women’s 100m sprint is 10.49 set in 1988 by Florence Griffith-Joyner of America.
  6. The female record for 1 mile was 4:12.56 set by Svetlana Masterkova of Russia on August 14, 1996.
  7. Decathlon competitors do 10 events in total. These include a 110m hurdle, Shot Put, Javelin, 1,500m run, Discus, Pole Vault, 100m run, Long Jump, High Jump and 400m run.
  8. Heptathlon competitors like Jessica Ennis complete a total of 7 events. These include 200m run, 100m hurdle, High Jump, Shot Put, Javelin, Long Jump and 800m run.


  1. Human beings started running long distances some 4-6million years ago. It is thought this developed from the persistent hunting of animals when hunter gatherers ran 15-75 miles a day on the hunt.
  2. Some of the anatomical characteristics that humans developed over time to make them efficient runners include; shorter forearms to counterbalance the lower body during running, a strong connection between the pelvis and spine providing more stability and shock absorption, long legs allowing us to take longer strides as well as the ligaments and tendons which act like springs, the arrangement of bones in the foot creating a stiff arch making the foot more rigid so it can push off the ground better and a large heal bone for better shock absorption to name but a few.
  3. There are many health benefits associated with running. These include a reduction in the risk of heart attacks, angina, high blood pressure and stroke.
  4. Running releases endorphins, the chemicals in the brain that make you feel happy; this is where the expression ‘runners high’ came from. This is why running is also such a great stress reliever and has been known to help with mild depression and anxiety.

About the author

Hannah developed a passion for fitness from a very young age which led her to compete in a wide range of sports including netball and athletics, where she trained and competed for several years. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2009 with a Degree in Health, Exercise & Nutrition, during which she gained experience in the fitness testing of elite athletes including Cyclists and Triathletes.

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