Friday Finds – 30th 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.

I am SO glad it’s Friday at long last. I’ve just completed the first full teaching week of the new school year and already I seem to be doing so much. With the amount of energy I’ve given to things, it’s no wonder I’m always exhausted by the summer holidays! So to ease into the weekend, here’s a quick rundown of a few articles I’ve been looking at lately.

Let’s start with Eliud Kipchoge. I’m pretty excited to see what happens with his sub-2 hour marathon attempt, but unsurprisingly it is receiving some criticism. Although this attempt doesn’t conform to the specifications for a record attempt, for me it’s more about exploring the possibilities and limits of the human body. I’m quite sure that should he be successful, others will follow, just as we saw when Roger Bannister ran the first sub-4 minute mile. How do you feel about this challenge?

Next up, a bit of science, and any science that combines running with jelly (jell-o) has my vote! Here’s Alex Hutchinson with the details, but the short version is that gelatin may help connective tissue to recover from injury. Could that staple of all children’s parties everywhere, jelly and ice cream, really be the way forward?

But if you do decide to pursue the jelly and ice cream route, do make sure you are taking care of your teeth. It turns out that even with excellent oral hygiene habits, studies show that elite athletes are more likely to have tooth decay and other dental issues thanks to the energy drinks, gels and bars they are consuming. We weekend warriors may not be at quite the same level of risk, but it is worth keeping in mind.

Another interesting report I read suggested that playing some games on our phones may be more useful at reducing stress than popular mindfulness apps. It provides some interesting food for thought (and is good news given my current obsession with a word puzzle game!). What about you?

And finally, I think the headline of this next one speaks for itself. The writer has created a top 10 list of his favourite running movies and there are definitely a few of the usual suspects in there. Which one is your favourite? What would you add?

Happy reading,
The Running Princess

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