Running is free, it’s easy and now it’s becoming cool as well. Many people do not have enough time to play a team sport, so instead they have started going running. In the past, jogging in the street was seen as a bit silly and not very cool. But things are changing. Nowadays, lots of people go out running in their spare time. Some people go to lose weight while others go simply to keep fit. The shops are now full of equipment, clothing and gadgets for runners. Many runners also have special watches which can track their route and tell them their speed. Even at 6 o'clock in the morning you sometimes see runners in the streets. They must be crazy! But scientists say that along with cycling and swimming, running is a very good way to keep fit.
Unfortunately, running is often quite unpopular among young people at school. In some schools when it rains (which it does a lot in England) and it’s too wet to play football or hockey, children have to do cross country running instead. However, now that running has become more fashionable hopefully more young people will take it up. But, of course, trends change all the time, so let’s hope that running is here to stay.
Every year in April, the London Marathon takes place. The race covers a fantastic route in which runners pass lots of the famous sites like The London Eye and Big Ben. People come from all over the world to run in the London Marathon. Interestingly, marathon running used to be seen as an extreme sport, but now even people who are very unfit take part in marathons every year! It’s not that marathons have got easier; it’s that people have become more interested in running. After the marathon every year the streets suddenly become full of runners. People find it so inspiring that they want to try it themselves. All you need is a pair of trainers and a bit of determination, so what are you waiting for?
Do you ever go running? What do you do to keep fit?