Friday Finds – 18th August

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.

Phew! What a week! It was back to work for me and after a summer off my body has definitely forgotten how to deal with a week of teaching and I don’t feel quite as fresh as I did this time last week. As a result, I’ve a feeling this week’s Friday Finds will be a fairly quick one…

This time last week I was still engrossed in coverage of the World Athletics Championships. There were certainly plenty of memorable moments (for various reasons) and I found it enlightening to read about the moments the reporters covering the meet picked as their most memorable.

And on the subject of the World Champs, I thought I’d slip in one last find. Ever wondered what it’s like to run at the same pace as the likes of Mo Farah? A few lucky people recently got the chance to find out:

But now something rather more serious. Scrolling through my various feeds earlier today my attention was caught by the featured picture from an article. I saw a picture of a woman who looked strong as hell, focused and running well, striving for a goal. And then I saw what the article was about and was horrified. This picture, it seems, had been viewed very differently by one man and his comments on it brought into sharp focus the way in which women continue to be objectified and blamed for violent crimes perpetrated against them. The runner’s response, however, is measured in its examination of the underlying problem: the attitude embodied by those comments. If you haven’t already seen it then it’s definitely worth a read.

To stop me getting too worked up about the last find and getting on my soapbox on a Friday night, let’s look at something a bit more friendly. Last weekend The Observer published a running special with several articles on the subject for runners of varying levels of experience. I thought I’d share one in which a number of well-known people were interviewed about their running. You might very well find that a lot of them run for similar reasons to the rest of us.

And finally, I bet you’ve seen a few weird things when running, whether a training run or a race. I recently came across an abandoned wheelchair (I can only assume some kind of miracle had occurred) and have had interesting encounters with wildlife. I’ve also seen my fair share of crazy fancy dress outfits in races. Why not compare your own strange sightings to the weird things spotted by the runners in this article:

Happy reading,
The Running Princess

2 thoughts on “Friday Finds – 18th August

  1. That video of the people running at Mo’s speed is so funny (and also amazing)- it would be a brilliant thing to try but I don’t even think I’d manage a couple of seconds!
    And that article about the female runner’s clothes is just horrific- victim blaming is just awful. Grrr.

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    • I agree on both. Not sure how I’d fare at Mo’s pace but it would be cool to try. As for that runner’s clothes – I have no words. It makes my blood boil that people STILL believe they can make comments like that 😡
      On a totally different topic, did I hear you get a mention on Marathon Talk this past week for kit around the world?


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