Running is very different from most other sports. First and foremost, you do not need to learn how to run. Even if you don’t run on a regular basis, you do know how to run.
The second difference between running and other sports is that there is no maximum age after which you cannot get started. This is what makes running different from other sports such as football. This is also the reason why today, you will see a lot of runners in the parks and on the treadmills in the gyms who are well into their 40s and 50s.
With running, you will notice health benefits very quickly. Your cardiovascular system will start working better in as little as a week of running. However, the opposite is also true and if you give up running for a year, you will be starting from scratch and your body will ache and resist just like it did when you first started running. This is very different from, say, camping. You can go camping a few times in the fall and then again in the late spring and you will not notice any change in your skills or level of comfort.
Some of the misconceptions about running started becoming popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Because running was somewhat rare back then, many runners were serious about their commitment to the sport and being a runner meant that you had to run a marathon, compete and run a lot of miles. None of these things are true today. Many of the famous running coaches actually try to talk their clients out of running a marathon and suggest building up to a marathon slowly, starting with 5k, 10k and 15k races. What has been true about running for many decades is that running is a sport for both the genders. Even in the 1990s, some of the major marathons had more women participants than men.