Frankie Ruiz, Chief Running Officer at Life Time and The Miami Marathon, says running is not what it was five years ago. "The races have changed, the way you train for them, the equipment you use has certainly changed and evolved. It is still a very simple sport, but it has gotten more scientific with the training." He also points out the type of runner has changed, from a mom with a stroller to the 85-year-old finishing the race. "You have all kinds of people doing races where 20 or 30 years ago, that wasn't the case."
Frankie Ruiz, Chief Running Officer at Life Time and The Miami Marathon, says to start running a marathon you need to identify a group to join or follow a specific plan. "Maybe the first goal should be to run a 5k. You might actually start walking first, and then graduate to walking and running and that eventually you will be able to hold a pace where you can run the entire half or full marathon," he recommends.