Friday Finds – 23rd October

Friday Finds is a regular feature in which I collate and share interesting articles and posts on running/health/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.

This week I’m being a little self-indulgent and its a Back to the Future Day special edition of Friday Finds – because even the world of sport found ways to mark the occasion!

As fans around the world celebrated the arrival of “the future” (i.e. the date Marty and the Doc travelled to in Back to the Future 2), we were also marking this year’s 30th anniversary of the original film. This resulted in many people reminiscing about milestone events in 1985, considering how life has changed over the last 30 years and predicting what the next 30 years might bring.  In the world of distance running, a major event from October 1985 was Steve Jones’ second consecutive win at the Chicago marathon. His time of 2:07:13 may have missed the world record of the time by just one second, but to this day it remains the British marathon record. To mark this anniversary, Competitor magazine published an interview with Jones in which he made some quite blunt remarks about how running, and the marathon itself, have evolved. I think I can see the point he was making, but I’ll leave it to you to form your own opinions.

Making some predictions about how sport might change in the next 30 years was the BBC, who looked at advances which might affect football, Formula 1, sprinting and the currently topical issue of doping. With the world changing rapidly around us, who knows what might happen next! Hopefully I’ll still be fit, well and able to run in 2045…

Also taking a slightly tongue-in-cheek look at what the future might bring was Women’s Running, who published their list of 10 things they would like to see by 2045. Some are, of course, a little far-fetched, but others might not be too far away as technology is already beginning to offer glimpses of how the future of running might look. I love gadgets so will be interested to see how things evolve in years to come.

One of the most sought after items from Back to the Future 2 (other than the hoverboard!) is Marty’s self-lacing Nike shoes. Limited edition replicas (without the power laces) have been around for a few years, but this week Nike finally showcased the first ever self-lacing Nike Mag shoes. And who better to receive the first ever pair than Michael J Fox aka Marty McFly? How great would it be to never have to worry about the laces on your favourite running shoes every untying again? We may already have the elastic-type laces often favoured by triathletes, but this is way cooler!

And finally, I can’t write a Back to the Future themed Friday Finds without including this little gem from the concluding part of the trilogy. It always makes me smile when I hear Doc Brown’s predictions about why we might run in “the future”, and I heard a good few laughs when I saw this in the cinema the other night!

Happy reading,
The Running Princess


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