Hopefully, just as they did during the last economic crisis, runners will not forego their daily runs, will not put off their interval training, will not decrease the length of their weekend long runs, and will not stop entering races, just because of the uncertainty surrounding the current debt ceiling fiasco in Washington.
According to the latest report from Running USA, a non-profit group with its pulse on the running industry, this market “continues to show impressive growth in virtually every sector. From record or sold-out race fields across the country last year, billions of dollars in shoe sales and running apparel, innovative products such as personalized devices to track individual workouts and record fundraising.”
They continue with what many of us already know: “Running is one of the most convenient and inexpensive forms of exercise available. There are no required membership fees, special equipment or required classes. All you need is a pair of running shoes and you can just walk out your door or office.”
For some perspective on running through the last economic crisis (the one from which we are still trying to recover, that is) check out Running for Lean Times and Fast Times for Jobless Runners, both from the Wall Street Journal and still applicable today. Though we are not sure when the stalemate in Washington will be over, we do know that our love and passion for the sport should not and will not suffer even if the state of the economy does.