9 interesting running facts
Whether you are a first-time runner, or you’ve been running for years, some of these facts about running will interest you.
Even if you’re a slow jogger, you’ll burn at least 10 calories per minute of running. That means you can hope to run off that block of chocolate you ate in less than 23 minutes.
Over 1 billion pairs of running shoes are sold world-wide each year. Oh, I hope you’ve bought your running shoes for Run for the Future 5? Best to be prepared on time.
Athletes dressed in red are more likely to win events than athletes wearing any other colour. Does this mean we’ll be seeing you in red on that day?
12 of the world’s top 20 distance runners are members of the Kalenjin tribe of northwest Kenya. You won’t be seeing the Kenyans at the run, meaning you have an even greater chance of winning cool prizes.
The youngest marathon runner is Budhia Singh who completed 48 marathons by age 5. The oldest person to complete a marathon was Fauja Singh from India, he was 100 years old at the time. Even more interesting is the fact that Fauja didn’t start running until he was 89 years of age. It’s never too late. Start with this run/walk.
Music can boost your running performance by up to 15%! But if you fall under number 2, 3 or 4 of our six types of runners breakdown, you may not be needing music after all.
Did you know that eating baked beetroot can improve your running performance? Now beetroot might not be your idea of a yummy snack before a run/walk, but if it gives you that Usain Bolt kinda rush, why not?
Stretching before a run will make your body less efficient making you unable to run as far. Just like every other workout, it is best to start out with a dynamic movement sort of warm up. And guess what? We have just the right kind of fun warm ups for you on D-day.
According to research, running is an excellent way to increase your creativity and boost your productivity at work. The work week right after RFTF 5 suddenly looks super productive!
It’s four weeks to Run for the Future 5. If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for? Register here now.