Friday Finds – 26th April

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.

Hurrah for Friday! That means I’ve successfully navigated my way through the first week of the new school term and we’ve reached the weekend that a certain “fun run” takes place in that fancy London đŸ˜‚. With all eyes on the capital this weekend to see what unfolds in the elite races and how the masses can tug at our heartstrings, it won’t surprise you to find that I have a number of London-related finds this week.

But first, one last story to come out of the recent Boston marathon. Elite runner Sarah Crouch started the race hoping a fast time would earn her a spot in the US Olympic trials, however it later came to light that she knowingly raced with a stress reaction which then developed into a fracture. Part of me understands why she would make this choice, but I think the more experience I have of running, the less likely I am to take a risk like that myself (although a spot in the Olympic team isn’t exactly up for grabs for me!). What are your thoughts?

Turning our attention to London, the one to watch is definitely current world record holder Eliud Kipchoge. The more I read about Kipchoge, the more of a fan I become and I enjoyed this piece from the BBC which delves a little deeper into what makes him tick.

Of course British interest will be directed towards Sir Mo Farah who has, unfortunately, courted some controversy in recent days. I don’t want to get into that, but I did come across this story which is a little more fun. Sir Mo joked around at the London marathon expo this week, running on a treadmill set at world record pace and falling off twice. If you haven’t seen it, take a look…

Over the years London has also become known for being one of the biggest charity fund-raising events in the year and for the number of world record attempts taking place each year. Lots of these will no doubt be profiled during coverage on Sunday morning, but this one caught my eye earlier this week: a couple aiming to set a new world record for the fastest marathon whilst handcuffed together! An ambitious and quirky idea, but I’m not sure it’s something I would want to try – that’s a lot of time training and running with another person and I kind of like to do my own thing. I mean, what if you got really fed up of each other??? I wish these two the very best of luck.

And finally, here in the UK the London marathon is often referred to  as “The Marathon” e.g. are you running the marathon this weekend? I’ve spent this week trying not to get too irritated with that question as I am running a marathon this weekend, just not that marathon and answering can get a bit convoluted. *sigh*. To remind me that there are plenty of other annoying things we runners can be asked, here’s Canadian Running with a list. What’s on yours?

Happy reading and good luck to all the marathoners this weekend – wherever you are running!
The Running Princess

6 thoughts on “Friday Finds – 26th April

  1. Running on a stress reaciton is silly I think… but I guess some people can’t be stopped and in a way it’s somewhat admirable.
    My friend, Sarah, ran with her husband and friend joined together as a sausage dog – they ran in under 3:30!! She loves fancy dress running.

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