05/17/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Running From The Recession

Your foot strikes the ground about 1,500 times when running a mile. It strikes the ground about 39,300 times when running 26.2 of them. That's called a marathon, for which you need both training and a routine...

...There are no direct statistics linking the two, but as job losses have reached historic highs, so too has marathon participation.

Running experts have found that during this recession, the number of new runners has surged, largely because it's cheaper than a gym membership.