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I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.

In today’s episode:

  • I’m gonna talk about running or jogging.
  • Next, through a mini-history lesson, you’ll practice
    vocabulary, and above all, you’ll improve your spoken English.

Very well. Let’s get started!

Running began in the United States as a sport enjoyed only in youth programs, colleges, or at professional levels.

But in the 1970’s Americans rapidly grew interested in participating in the sport as amateurs.
Publications started talking about the benefits of jogging. Many studies argued about the natural skill of jogging that belonged to humans. It’s when running became mainstream and fun.

How to Start Running

I know it’s tempting to just go out and run as fast as you can for as long as you can. However, keep in mind that if you want to run longer, feel stronger, you’ll need to be very patient.

Experts recommend to start by adding one minute of running for every four minutes of walking, and gradually increase your running time so that eventually you’ll be running for twice the amount of time that you spend walking.

Your main goal is to get fit without getting hurt. Going way too fast, before your body’s ready, is one of the most common causes of injuries. You can stay injury-free by gradually building up the time you spend walking and running, increasing the time by no more than 10 percent from week to week.

Footwear is logically the most important element. Running shoes are often called sneakers. You can find all kinds of footwear and for all possible conditions.   

For example, you can find running shoes for hard surfaces, mixed, waterproof, with a drop or no drop (that means whether you raise your heel or not), minimalist, etc.

As for the minimalist sneakers, they became fashionable about seven years ago or so. They are lightweight and almost unprotected. The idea behind the minimalist sneakers is to be able to run as if you were barefoot.  

Now it seems that minimalist sneakers are no longer fashionable.  I’ve noticed that lately, most sneakers come with memory foam. They seem to be more comfortable, but I’m not sure if they’re the best option when it comes to running.

The truth is that people spend a lot of money on sneakers since a good pair of them usually cost more than $100, and sneakers don’t last long. 

The Clothes
Some years ago, runners wore anything: a cotton T-shirt, shorts, and running pants.   Today, runners use synthetic materials that allow sweat to dry quickly. There are winter and summer clothes for running.  If you go to a sports shop, you’ll be surprised by the huge variety.

The Backpack or Rucksack
This, too, has become popular. A backpack is what you carry behind your back, and you can put things inside like water, some food, etc.    
But of course, you can’t carry any rucksack.
You’ll need a running backpack. These backpacks are designed so that you can run with them without any discomfort. Some even have a water tank. You can drink through a tube. This type of rucksack is mainly used by those who run many miles.

So, what if when you go running, you get lost? You need a GPS!  The truth is that it’s motivating to know how many miles you’ve run, your pace, etc. Many people use mobile apps to keep track, but the cell phone sometimes doesn’t work well.  I prefer a GPS watch. These watches work very well and never lose the signal like cell phones.


What did a runner do a few years ago before a race? Well, he or she just ate a sandwich or a banana, and they were good to go.

Now amateur athletes tend to use very specific supplements.

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