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! And to my teaching colleagues in Scotland, happy summer holidays!
That’s right, the end of the school year finally rolled around and now it’s time to relax and recharge the batteries. But of course, I still have a few articles to share with you to start things off…
A bizarre story from the past week centred around a French “jogger” who found herself in trouble after she accidentally crossed the US-Canada border whilst out for a run. I had never even considered that such a thing might be possible and am a little alarmed at the subsequent action. What a thing to happen on a run!
Another story of “running crime” which has been much-discussed lately is that of the homeless man who picked up a dropped London marathon race number and crossed the finish line, claiming the medal. When I first heard of this I thought that claiming a medal you hadn’t legitimately earned was an awful thing to do and hoped that things would be resolved so that the rightful owner of the race number would be able to receive his medal. Since then, more has emerged about the “imposter” and he was ultimately sentenced to 16 weeks in jail. This, of course, has sparked a great deal of debate, such as in this next column from The Guardian. I’d love to know what you think about this one.
Also appearing in The Guardian recently was this article about the effects of running on our brains. If you run then I suspect you are already well aware of all the positives that come from lacing up your trainers and getting out there. Now, there’s plenty of science to back that up (and I do love a bit of running-related science!).
Related to this is the news that healthcare practitioners in the UK are to be encouraged to “prescribe” outdoor activities such as parkrun instead of medication for some patients. I know that running can’t solve everything, but how wonderful would it be to see more people turn to exercise to help them improve their health and wellbeing?
And finally, if all this glorious summer weather has been sending your hay fever symptoms crazy, then good news! Apparently gin and tonic is great for relieving symptoms. Now I don’t suffer from hay fever, but perhaps I should drink more gin just to make sure…
The Running Princess