Friday Finds – 28th June

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.

It’s the happiest Friday of the year! School finished for the summer at lunchtime today and this year I have seven glorious weeks of freedom stretching ahead of me. Hopefully that will be enough to recharge my depleted batteries and get on top of my health again after a difficult year. So for this first Friday of the summer, here are a few bits and pieces for your reading pleasure.

I’ll start with the latest news surrounding Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour marathon attempt planned for later this year. Despite earlier reports suggesting it would take place in London, this week it was announced that Vienna would be the location of choice. You can read more about it here:

Next up, some science. When it comes to running I am frequently fascinated by maths and science, when in other areas of my life I tend not to see the practical application (even though I understand that there is one!). Earlier this week the results of a study were published which set out some interesting findings when it comes to the gut microbes of endurance athletes. It seems that marathon runners have a higher concentration of one particular microbe after a marathon/ultra than at any other time. This poses interesting questions about how that might be used to enhance performance. This will be an intriguing one to keep an eye on.

Speaking of ultras, last week I included a couple of articles on the subject and this week came across another interesting piece, this time focusing on how the lessons learned in distance running can be applied to our work. Again, I think a lot of this is true of running in general and would be interested to know what running has taught you that you can take to other aspects of your life.

Now, everyone’s favourite activity tracking app, Strava (if it’s not on Strava, does it even count?). This is an interesting read detailing some of the developments the company is looking to make in order to broaden their user base. I recently listened to a podcast interview with one of the Strava founders so I think I had this in mind as I was reading about how they see the platform in the future.

And finally, what three words make you happy? According to this humorous article, when it comes to running there just might be a few combinations that work. I’m not sure which one is my favourite as a few of these would make me happy. How about you?

Happy reading,
The Running Princess

6 thoughts on “Friday Finds – 28th June

  1. I’m looking forward to seeing the 1:59 attempt but I can’t help but feel it’s almost cheating? They’ve chosen somewhere for it’s benefits so he stands a better chance but it doesn’t seem like “real life” I think it should be on one of the marathon majors routes so other athletes stand a chance of replicating or bettering it


    • I get that, however the 4 minute mile was first broken using a setup different to a regular race. I suspect once someone does it others will soon follow suit. I think this is more about exploring the possibilities than making it unattainable for others.

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