Friday Finds – 24th 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.

So. Yeah. Today is Sunday. I’ll admit to making no attempt to write this on Friday as I was out at a friend’s birthday gathering then had a packed Saturday to navigate whilst feeling slightly delicate! So for this week we’re having some Sunday Stories 😂

Let’s start with a bit of science from the always engaging Alex Hutchinson (if, like me, you enjoy his columns, I can recommend his book which I am about to finish reading). This time Hutchinson digs into the recently published study on exercise and mental health, getting to the real science behind the headlines and debunking some of the more sensationalised elements. Worth a read if this is an area of interest for you.

An excellent companion piece to this comes in the form of Brad Stulberg’s column, also published in Outside, in which some pro athletes share their own mental health journeys and the strategies they use to cope when issues arise. It’s always useful to be reminded that those at the top of their game are no different to the rest of us, and we can learn a lot from their stories.

Another study which caught my attention concerned our memories of P.E classes at school and how they affect our attitudes to exercise as an adult. For me, P.E was a chore and I tried to avoid it as much as I could. I liked the idea of fitness and being able to take part in sports, but the setup when I was at school was quite off-putting and my strongest memory is of being absolutely freezing on the playing fields on a miserable day. Not overly encouraging! Yet as an adult I found activities I enjoy, hence why I happily run around in all sorts of weather conditions – I expect to have fun. What are your P.E. memories?

Since this is actually coming out on Sunday, you might fancy a longer read. How about this piece from National Geographic which examines how technology is helping athletes to push the boundaries of their sports? There are even some cool graphs, for those who like such things!

And finally, one of my favourite quirky events is the beer mile (although I’m not sure I’m fond enough of the idea to actually try it!) so was amused to find that at a recent event, the winner was ultimately disqualified…for not drinking enough beer! Now there’s a headline you don’t see every day!

Happy reading!
The Running Princess

6 thoughts on “Friday Finds – 24th August

  1. Interesting about PE/gym class! I was homeschooled, so various sports or exercise activities of my choice generally made up my PE requirements. In that sense, I probably lack the strong feelings/memories of most traditionally-schooled people!

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  2. That article about PE is so interesting. I really feel that schools in this country have PE completely wrong, especially in secondary schools (and that is down to the governments of course). I enjoyed PE in Primary school but once I got to Secondary there was’t much I was good at and so I dreaded it- I wasn’t good at catching so that put me out of most team sports, I was slow at running and so rubbish at athletics, I hated swimming (I only managed to get my 50m badge) and also hated spending the rest of the day with wet hair= being freezing cold. I am not the most self-conscious person but it was demoralising and some of the PE teachers had their favourites and would tell you off it you dropped a ball or something. The obsession over being taught various sports just seemed to eclipse the point of it- being active. I always loved being active and as a family we would go on walks/ bike rides and that sort of thing. The only PE I enjoyed was when the teacher let us choose, and a group of us would play hockey. I would have happily done this all year, but it was a winter sport whatever that means, so we weren’t allowed to do it all year.
    I also hated the rush of changing after and was always scared of being late for my next lesson (plus I didn’t know about sports bras ) so all of those things added up to some bad memories- no wonder the drop off rate for teens (especially teen girls) is high in sports. If schools were allowed to just focus on getting their pupils active instead of having to cover a certain number of field/track/team sports, surely we would end up with a healthier population as a whole.


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