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.
Can you believe it’s March already? The year seems to be slipping by so quickly and it will be marathon day before I know it! Whatever you’re up to just now, here’s a selection of articles that caught my eye recently for a bit of weekend reading…
Speaking of marathon day, I know I have a preference for larger events and scenic routes so the thought of completing a marathon on a track really doesn’t appeal – but that’s exactly how the writer of my first article chose to spend a Sunday recently. To put that in context, 26.2 miles is 105 laps of the track. That would require great mental strength to overcome the tedium of running round and round for hour upon hour. Mind you, at least it would be easy to find your supporters!
But it’s not just running laps of a track that needs mental strength. Whether your goal is parkrun, an ultra marathon, or anything in between, mental resilience is crucial. In this recent article from The Guardian, elite athlete Tina Muir gives her tips to help overcome nerves and and help you to run strongly without being held back by those mental demons.
A different kind of mental battle explored in this next article from Outside online is guilt. As runners we often find ourselves suffering from some kind of guilt: guilt because we didn’t run today or guilt because we skipped something else like time with family in order to run. It’s an interesting article as I can understand where the writer is coming from: there are so many things, including running, that we need to squeeze into our days, and not enough hours to manage them all. Whatever choice we make, there will inevitably be a degree of guilt about something that isn’t getting done. Anyone got a solution?
An interesting way to assuage that guilt might be to combine running with business. With the current growth of running around the world, more and more people are making connections through running which ultimately benefit their working lives. I can certainly see how having running as a common starting point would help to bring like-minded people together, so was intrigued to learn how far this had developed.
And finally, as if running a track race wasn’t tough enough, one runner from Ireland recently found himself hampered by a much more unusual item: a giant rubber band! The video is worth watching for the commentary alone, andis a great reminder that when it comes to running anything can happen!
The Running Princess