Friday Finds – 2nd 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.

August already? August means the start of the new school year in Scotland and I’m not ready for that yet. Thankfully I still have another couple of weeks to myself before that happens. In the meantime, the summer continues to be a rather quiet time for running-related articles, but I have got a few bits and pieces to share with you this week.

Since it’s parkrun eve, here’s a nice piece about everybody’s favourite free, weekly, timed 5k that was published in Lonely Planet. If you’re a parkrun aficionado then you probably won’t learn much from it, but still a nice write up. Anyone done any of the runs on the “notable” list?

You know I like a study and next up I have a piece about a recent study into the effects of probiotics on marathoners. The evidence seems to suggest that those taking probiotics have fewer gastro issues in those final miles. Not something I’ve ever tried and so far I’ve been fairly lucky with my stomach in marathons, but I would be interested to know if anyone else has tried probiotics and if it made a difference for them.

Another favourite of mine is Strava art (really must try this some time!) and it has been back in the media again this week with a profile in The Guardian on Strava artist Lenny Maughan. I do love the images he creates and wish I had the creativity to try it myself. Obviously I’d try to draw something like a cat or Mickey Mouse! What would you draw if you could?

Something I find very interesting is the use of mantras to help motivate us to keep going. I don’t do it very much, but have found it powerful to use mantras during a race on occasion, so found it interesting to read about the phrases other athletes use to help them power through. I think my favourite is Alex Honnold’s at the end – his explanation (minus the climbing bit!) sounds like my life in general as I often have a Disney ear worm these days! What mantra(s) do you use?

And finally, here’s a little tongue-in-cheek piece from Runner’s World with a few running secrets. I think my favourites are 7 and 14. How about you?

Happy reading,
The Running Princess

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