Friday Finds – 23rd February

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.

Thank goodness it’s Friday! It’s felt like a pretty long week over here and I’m definitely ready for the weekend. Let’s kick things off with some Friday Finds

At the start of the year I highlighted a piece from Bloomberg in which the Brooks CEO made some comments about runners which to me were a little confusing and which, in the running community, provoked some controversy. As a follow-up, Women’s Running examined the article in full and spoke with the CEO to gain a bit of clarity. Here are the conclusions they drew:

Next up, some thoughts on the brain’s role in performance. I recently listened to Sweat Science columnist Alex Hutchinson on a podcast discussing his book on this topic. To me, what he said made sense: if we believe we can (or can’t) do something then that is the likely outcome. Remove the barrier of “can’t” and who knows what might happen. In this extract from the book, printed in Outside, he explains in a bit more detail and it seems like a fascinating read.

I’ve often thought that running teaches us a lot that we can apply to other aspects of our life, for example not giving up on things, and there are certainly a number of lessons that we can take into our working lives. Here’s Monica Zent, writing for Inc, to explain further:

Regular readers will maybe remember that this year for me is all about processes rather than outcomes. I want to think about adding positive habits rather than striving for impossible goals. I recently listened to a podcast interview where the guest pointed out that if you’re in a race with hundreds (or thousands) of other people, every one of them will follow the same path to the finish line. But every one of them has also followed a completely different path to reach the start line. That simple thought really resonated with me and the same idea appears at the start of this next piece which encourages us all to give greater thought to our own journeys. I really enjoyed it.

And finally, if all that talk of endurance and battles for the win has got you thirsting for more, here’s Runner’s World with 25 exciting race finishes for you to watch. Time to get those elbows sharpened!

Happy reading,
The Running Princess

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