Friday Finds – 22nd December

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.

Ho Ho Ho! It’s the last Friday before Christmas and hopefully your “out of office” notification is on so you can enjoy the festivities. Let’s get things started with a little something to read…

At this time of year most runners are probably hoping Santa will leave some snazzy new gear under their Christmas tree, but let’s face it every race feels like Christmas what with all the swag we get! But what happens to all those race T-shirts? Stuffed in a drawer? Turned into a blanket? Or used as a duster? In this first article, Runner’s World contributors share some of their favourite race T-shirts and the stories behind them. Many of mine have a story too. What about yours?

Do you wear a fitness tracker? Perhaps you’ve asked for one for Christmas? These days just about everyone, myself included, has some sort of tracker clamped to their wrist to monitor all kinds of metrics. Articles appear every so often debating the pros and cos of such devices and waxing lyrical about the impact they have on our lives. Here’s the latest: a piece for The New York Times examining whether or not the data from a fitness tracker can help runners to race better.

At this stressful time of year escaping into nature can be a great way to calm down and get things back in perspective. With that in mind, I enjoyed this piece which takes the form of a thank you letter to Mother Nature. It’s a lovely concept and something I might try writing myself. What would you thank Mother Nature for? I’d love to read your responses…

I know lots of runners have made a Christmas Day run part of their festive traditions, while others prefer to rest and have an indulgent day. For many years I treated Christmas Day as a rest day, choosing instead to beat the sluggishness with a Boxing Day run, but in recent years Steve and I have preferred heading out for a run. It’s so nice to stick on a festive hat, run at an easy pace together and greet the people we meet. This year we will be heading to a special Christmas Day parkrun and are really looking forward to it. If you haven’t tried a run on Christmas Day, perhaps this next piece will persuade you:

And finally, if Christmas has you stressed out and desperate to drop everything and run, you might enjoy these GIFs exemplifying how to respond to some classic Christmas conundrums. I think my favourite is the first one!

Happy reading and Happy Christmas!
The Running Princess

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