Friday Finds – 28th July

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.

Happy Friday! It’s been a week of getting back into my usual training routine, as well as time to organise my life a bit. I seem to have spent so long over everything else that my post this week is a bit of a random selection again. Enjoy!

First, some exciting news for marathon geeks like me. Eliud Kipchoge is going to run this year’s Berlin marathon and has his sight set on the world record. This will be an exciting race to watch as Kipchoge has proven his marathon credentials in previous races (as well as his Breaking2 run earlier this year) and Berlin is often the course on which new records are set. I’ll also be running a marathon that day (Loch Ness) but Kipchoge will likely be home, showered and have his feet up with a cup of tea before I’m even half way round! Perhaps during the time I’m out on the course a new world record will be set…

If you’re anything like me then you probably already follow some of the big names in running or other sports, but Outside decided to flip that around and find out who those big names like to follow. The chain makes for an interesting who’s who of the running world and highlighted some names to keep an eye out for when it comes to the latest news and advice. Any you would add?

Another example of how important community is to runners comes in the form of The Guardian‘s Running Blog, edited by Kate Carter. Every Monday I read the weekend debrief and always enjoy the other articles shared throughout the week (some of which I include in my Friday Finds posts) but I have never joined in, never commented on a post or shared my ideas in this particular forum. But a recent post from Carter demonstrated just how big and supportive a community has grown from that blog. While she writes with this particular community in mind, in my experience the same is true of many other groups around the internet and finding a group of like-minded individuals can be a game-changer. Well done Kate and everyone else who has established a successful and supportive running group, whether online or IRL.

We all run for different reasons, and sometimes it’s easy to forget that a new PB, a distance goal or racing regularly might not be everyone’s motivation to lace up their trainers. In this article from Refinery 29, a number of women share their (very honest) reasons for running. I bristle a bit at the phrase “herd of joggers” in the introduction, but I really like all the different reasons the women give for making running part of their lives (and if I’m honest, some of them definitely ring true with me as well!).

And finally, if you’re currently training for a marathon (or have done in the past) then you’ll enjoy this fun post from Women’s Running. Sometimes a GIF (or emoji) is all we need to communicate our feelings about something!

Happy reading,
The Running Princess

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