Friday Finds – 10th July

Friday Finds is a regular feature in which I collate and share interesting articles and posts on running/fitness which I’ve read recently. Some might be inspiring, some might be scientific, some might provoke debate. All are things I’ve found in some way thought-provoking.

A few days ago, Americans celebrated the 4th of July (you may remember that Steve and I marked it in our own way since we were missing out on a 4th of July fun run this year with our holiday being later). But much bigger than our made up event is the annual Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. In fact, it has been the world’s largest 10k race since the 1970s! This year, the race made the news thanks to a very close finish between American Ben Payne and Brit Scott Overall which serves as a reminder that one should never celebrate a win too early. Oops!

I’ve found that a popular item on the post-race spread at the races I’ve been to in the USA is watermelon. I LOVE watermelon and find it a brilliant way to rehydrate after a run on a hot day, especially if it’s icy cold. When I’m on holiday, I have it almost every day for my breakfast, and now the same team that heralded the benefits to runners of beetroot juice, is suggesting there might be some benefit in watermelon juice also. It would take an awful lot of watermelon, mind you, but it gives me even more reason to keep slurping on that delicious fruit!

For those whose snacking is not quite so healthy, the BBC carried this story about an online game that claims to help “retrain” users’ brains to avoid unhealthy foods. I’m not sure how I feel about this, preferring to make healthy choices and allow an occasional treat, but for some it might be a useful tool.

An interesting read as we mark 10 years since London was announced as the host city of the 2012 Olympics came in this editorial from The Guardian. The writer’s view is that the Olympic legacy of inspiring more people to take up sport has failed, but looks to the success of Parkrun to suggest a more fruitful way forward. As long as more people are keeping fit and healthy, then I don’t suppose it matters whether it was the Olympics or a humble Parkrun that made the difference, simply getting involved is the important thing.

Finally, a couple of men who won’t let anything stand in the way of what they want to achieve. First up, Barclay Oudersluys, nicknamed Forrest Gump, who is currently undertaking a gruelling run across America, inspired by the well-known Tom Hanks movie. Oudersluys aims to complete the journey in 100 days and raise $10,000 for charity.

And to finish, the story of Phil Rorke, am Australian man who is keen to break the world record for completing a marathon carrying an egg on a spoon. He had high hopes for the recent Quensland marathon, but sadly missed the record by about two minutes. I’m sure he’ll have another “crack” at it soon!

Happy reading
The Running Primcess

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