The act of moving quickly by springing steps in which both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step. Athletes, small children, and escaped convicts can often be found running. People can run for pleasure, run for exercise, or run for their lives.

Also, the act of campaigning for a public office. Politicians seem to spend all their time either running for office or running from the cops.

(of a program) Working. Actually doing the task for which it was designed. This miraculous state can be stopped by a user quitting or a hang or crash. The last two are generally more common.

Running, as initially described by Jet-Poop, is a way to get around, a sport, a defense mechanism, a hobby or avocation, and a way of life. People who love running, or simply people who run, are called runners. Runners enjoy good health and a long life compared to their more sedentary counterparts. Real Runners hate people who play basketball. (Okay, that was pure trollism. Sorry.) However, running as a sport, more so than so-called "team sports" like basketball, actively encourages sportmanship. If I beat you in a race, bar exceptional cases, it is simply you were slower, not because you screwed up, I outwitted you, or my skills are better. You have no one to blame but yourself. More likely, you will be congratulating me and I you, and both of us will see what we can do to improve our times. Running is pure exertion; few activities provide as good a workout as running.

In competitive running, there is always one factor to judge; speed. Sometimes this means raw speed and acceleration, as in the short races, sometimes this means incredible endurance, as in the long ones. Speed has two factors; stride length and turnover rate. Sometimes it involves working together (relays), sometimes it involves jumping (hurdles, steeplechase). But it always boils down to who covers the most ground in the least time: speed.

In UNIX-alikes, unlike tone describes of peecee operating systems, running is the normal state of processes, ending when that process terminates or is killed.
If I did not engage in a physical activity like running, I would be completely sedentary, travelling from home desk to work desk to restaurant chair to school desk to tv couch to library desk to, of course, bed. It is common knowledge that an active lifestyle improves health, short term and long term. If I did not run, I may become a burden on the healthcare system, causing taxpayers to pay more. I would take more time off work and I would have to take more medicine.

Even though healthy people do eventually end up in the hospital to die, unhealthy people tend to stay sick longer and stay in hospitals longer. Because of improved health of the general population due to eating better and execising more, the drug companies are losing a big segment of their business. To regain market share, they are releasing behavioral drugs such as Prozac and Viagra.

Now,I run between 3 and 4 times a week and burn 10-13 calories a minute, burning a total of about 1207 (11.5calories*30minutes*3.5times*)calories a week. This is the equivalent to burning off a McDonalds Big Mac Meal Deal complete with milkshake and baked apple pie. Yes!

The roots of running are in New Zealand, where an Olympic track coach, Dr. Lydard, suggested it as a conditioning activity for retired athletes. Since then, running has been seen recognized by many leading authorities as a heart excercise and for general conditioning and weight-loss. Since the 1960's it is estimated that between 7 and 10 million runners have engaged in the sport.

Running is still very popular, according to Nike, running shoe sales outweigh the sales of any other shoes. There are a lot of people out there on the streets trying to get healthier. In North America, the biggest killer is heart desiese . Aerobic exercise has been considered for some time as a good preventative medicine. On the other hand, runners have also sited problems with fallen arches, shin splints and back problems. However, given safe, realistic objectives and general good health, the average runner should be out of danger.


  • Runners high
  • fartlek - Speed play. Fast bursts mixed with recovery periods.
  • interval training - Sprinting short distances to improve speed. Exact pace, distance, and repations are planned in advance
  • injury - Don't push yourself. Limit increase in total weekly distance to 10% per week. Start speed workouts very slowly
  • VO2 max - Maximize this parameter to run faster
  • Running shoes - Shoes have a limited lifetime. Don't use worn out shoes because you increase your chance of getting injured.
  • runner's protocol - Manners and conventions used on the trail.
  • Sprint - Shorter races from 100m to about 800m
  • One Mile - A Four Minute Mile was first run in 1954 by Roger Bannister
  • 5k - 5000m, 3.1 miles
  • 10k - 10000m, 6.2 miles
  • Marathon - 26.2 miles, 42.195 Km
  • Ultra-marathon - Any race longer then a standard marathon
    • Western States 100 and Leadville Trail 100 are two well known 100 mile races. Each has 15,000 feet of climbing and finish rates of about 50%.

Running in synch with music

You might like exercising with your body synchronized to music; activity matched to musical beats-per-minute.

After doing this for a couple years, I read somewhere that this can tune the mind somehow. My impression is that music coming in both ears, with the body working both sides, has positive effects. There's a reference for that out there somewhere. This works with walking, jogging, running, aerobics and other exercise.

In order to make this work, well, you need the right music for you. It's necessary to determine the turnover rate at which you like to run, or exercise, and the beats-per-minute of various music. There are ways to do that. There's a free program, DJBPM, that allows doing it by hand. There's also a program that uses audio processing to process a music stream and automatically determine average BPM. I prefer using the DJBPM, which shows variations, from minute to minute, through a track, and also allows for the possibility of mentally doubling or halving the actual beat of the music, two for one, or one for two.

Now you get to laugh at the music with which I run! You easily guess this old fart is listening to oldies.

Here's my current BPM sorted track list, starting from a fast walking pace, proceeding to fairly fast running. My understanding is that most people who are accustomed to running find a comfort and efficiency zone near the 170+ BPM rate.

Warmed up, I love running to Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face", and letting my mind wander. It's a nice metaphor, les yeux sans visage. One sees the eyes without seeing the face.

Walk, fast walk

148 You May Be Right, Billy Joel
149 It Came Out of The Sky, Creedence
149 Sultans of Swing, Dire Straights
150 I Got a Line on You, Spirit
151 Saturday Night, Elton John
152 Message in a Bottle, Police
152 Feelin' Groovy, Simon & Garfunkel
153 Bye Bye Love, Simon & Garfunkel
154 Lay Lady Lay, Dylan
154 The Only Living Boy in New York, Simon & Grafunkel
155 Dream On, Aerosmith
156 Teach Your Children, CSNY
157 Doraville, ARS
157 Give Me Love, Harrison

Slow jog

158 Under Pressure, ZZ Top
158 Fun, Fun, Fun, Beach Boys
161 Surfin' Safari, Beach Boys
161 Silvio, Dylan
161 Surfin' USA, Beach Boys
161 Baby Driver, Simon & Garfunkel


162 Dreaming, Blondie
163 La Grange, ZZ Top
164 Every Little Thing, Police
165 Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel
165 Melissa, Allman Bothers


167 Radio Free Europe, REM
167 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, The Police
167 Anji, Simon & Garfunkel
167 Rebel Yell, Billy Idol
167 Who's Gonna Drive You Home, Cars
169 Highway Star, Deep Purple
169 Autobahn, Kraftwerk (22 minutes long, heh!)
170 Steve McQueen, Sheryl Crowe
171 Eyes Without a Face, Billy Idol

Fast run

174 Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Kinks
180 Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine, Simon & Garfunkel
181 Love is a Battlefield, Pat Benatar
182 The Boxer, Simon & Garfunkel
184 Dangling Conversation, Simon & Garfunkel
185 Mrs Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel

Very fast

189 Jukin', ARS
189 Gotta Serve Somebody, Dylan
189 Flesh for Fantasy, Billy Idol
192 Dark Horse, Harrison

This might serve as a starting point. If it's interesting, grab/rip your own MP3's, measure the BPM's, record them in sequence, and go running!

If you're really interested, try runningmusicmix.

Run"ning (?), a.


Moving or advancing by running.

Specifically, of a horse; (a)

Having a running gait; not a trotter or pacer

. (b)

trained and kept for running races; as, a running horse.



Successive; one following the other without break or intervention; -- said of periods of time; as, to be away two days running; to sow land two years running.


Flowing; easy; cursive; as, a running hand.


Continuous; keeping along step by step; as, he stated the facts with a running explanation.

"A running conquest."


What are art and science if not a running commentary on Nature? Hare.

5. Bot.

Extending by a slender climbing or trailing stem; as, a running vine.

6. med.

Discharging pus; as, a running sore.

Running block Mech., a block in an arrangement of pulleys which rises or sinks with the weight which is raised or lowered. -- Running board, a narrow platform extending along the side of a locomotive.<-- or automobile(pre-1960) --> -- Running bowsprit Naut. Same as Reefing bowsprit. -- Running days Com., the consecutive days occupied on a voyage under working days. Simmonds. -- Running fire, a constant fire of musketry or cannon. -- Running gear, the wheels and axles of a vehicle, and their attachments, in distinction from the body; all the working parts of a locomotive or other machine, in distinction from the framework. -- Running hand, a style of rapid writing in which the letters are usually slanted and the words formed without lifting the pen; -- distinguished from round hand. -- Running part Naut., that part of a rope that is hauled upon, -- in distinction from the standing part. -- Running rigging Naut., that part of a ship's rigging or ropes which passes through blocks, etc.; -- is distinction from standing rigging. -- Running title Print., the title of a book or chapter continued from page to page on the upper margin.<-- it may be different, for conciseness, from the title on the first page. -->


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Run"ning, n.

The act of one who, or of that which runs; as, the running was slow.


That which runs or flows; the quantity of a liquid which flows in a certain time or during a certain operation; as, the first running of a still.


The discharge from an ulcer or other sore.

At long running, in the long run. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.


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