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.
It’s been another super busy week and I’ve been without internet for most of it, so I’ve not managed to put in my usual preparation for Friday Finds. I’ve still got a few stories to share, though, so here we go…
First up, let’s check in with the ongoing doping scandal, where the big news this week was that Adidas has ended its sponsorship of the IAAF early. Originally due to run until 2019, this decision will obviously have a big financial impact, and just a few months before the 2016 Olympics, marks a huge decision by the sportswear giant. It will be interesting to see if any other sponsors now follow suit.
Much more positive news comes from the British quartet who not only came second in the Atlantic Challenge race, but along the way became the fastest and youngest all-female team to row the Atlantic. I love to hear about women taking on challenges like this and showing the world what we’re capable of (in fact it’s one of the reasons I enjoy the Tough Girl Podcast so much, as it’s dedicated to interviews with such women and is really motivational). This kind of story is right up my street and something I’m really passionate about as there needs to be more positive female role models in the world of sport and fitness to show young women that anything is possible.
Another positive female role model comes in the form of double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, who has announced that she will take part in this year’s London marathon. It will be an interesting challenge for the retired 800m and 1500m champion as she transitions from the track to the road, and I’m looking forward to seeing how she gets on.
Speaking of the London marathon, I was excited to learn that this year’s event will see the one millionth finisher cross the line on The Mall. To mark the occasion, a campaign has been launched to celebrate every single person who has crossed the finish line since the first event in 1981. I’m really looking forward to finding out my #oneinamillion number and plan to order the special commemorative T-shirt to mark the occasion.
And finally, it’s the story that’s been in the news all this week – the dog who accidentally took part in a half marathon! Despite a few breaks to sniff interesting things along the route, Ludivine finished in a very respectable 1:32:56 and in 7th position, receiving a medal for her efforts despite not technically having an official race entry! Brilliant!
The Running Princess