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 New Year! I hope your 2019 has started well and you aren’t suffering too much from festive excess. My news feeds are still looking a little “light” in terms of interesting articles, but I’ve still got a few things to share with you today.
Let’s start with a longer read. At this time of year we are surrounded by “new year, new me” attitudes and lofty resolutions which people believe will transform them overnight. With so many resolutions relating to exercise, it’s worth remembering that there’s more to leading a long and healthy life than a flurry of activity every January! In this article for The Guardian, Vybarr Cregan-Reid traces some of the history of exercise fads and how changes in lifestyle have led to where we are now. Interesting stuff.
Next, a bit of science. When I saw the word “physics” in the title of this one I was worried that it would be beyond me, but actually it’s pretty fascinating. From applying scientific understanding of how liquids move, scientists have been able to predict the movement of runners towards the start line of a marathon. It’s worth watching the video in this one which shows it speeded up, and I can see how the runners do have a “liquid-like” motion. See what you think.
On the subject of marathons, one of 2018’s most prolific runners had to be Yuki Kawauchi. Already well-known in some circles (especially Marathon Talk listeners!) Yuki shot to fame after his win at the Boston marathon. But that only tells part of the story as competing in multiple marathons and clocking pretty resectable times is pretty standard in the life of Yuki Kawauchi. If you’re not sure what I mean, here’s a breakdown of his year:
Hopefully 2019 will continue to offer incredible marathon moments like we saw in 2018. To that effect, Martin Fritz Huber wrote the following column for Outside with some of his predictions for the year ahead. I wonder what we’ll think of this a year from now…
And finally, if you’re heading to parkrun this weekend then perhaps you have your eye on a new PB (or at least your fastest time of 2019 😉). I can only assume triathlete Alex Yee was looking to end 2018 on a high when he clocked the second-fastest parkrun time EVER last weekend. It’s a phenomenal time and I’m trying very hard not to dwell on the fact that I would only have been a bit over half way round when he finished!! Best get to work on that speed…!
The Running Princess