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 been a couple of weeks since I posted Friday Finds, so here I am tonight to share a few odds and ends I’ve been looking at lately. Enjoy!
Let’s start with something for anyone injured or injury-prone. There really is nothing quite like an enforced time-out to make us appreciate the time spent running and this piece really captures the emotions of experiencing injury and how important running often becomes to us. Can you relate?
I’m a fan of Alex Hutchinson and often include his more scientific columns in these posts. This next one caught my eye not only because if looks at a female perspective, but because the acknowledgment that women’s bodies are different comes from a MAN! It really is high time that more female-specific research was done so that women can have a better understanding of how to maximise performance and work with their bodies to get the best results for them. Surely I”m not alone in thinking that?
Also from Outside, this ostensibly humorous piece about how as runners we basically go around in circles – travelling miles and miles without actually going anywhere. True enough, all my runs start and finish at my house and I’m closing in on 800 miles this year, a distance that could surely take me somewhere interesting if I covered that distance as the crow flies. But what caught my attention was the almost philosophical comment at the end that we feel like we are getting somewhere. It could be adding endurance, adding speed, or simply adding quality to our days, but we ARE getting somewhere. Where is running taking you?
I also spotted this interesting question posed by Canadian Running: Do you need your cellphone to go for a run? I suppose I don’t really need mine as such, but I do always carry it as I enjoy listening to podcasts downloaded to it, I often take photographs and it just makes me feel better knowing that if I encounter a problem, I can get in touch with someone for some help. But the fact that the question was asked suggests that not everyone feels the same way. I certainly don’t have to listen to anything, I can merrily run long distances without plugging myself in to anything at all, but I like to have the option. And I definitely wanted my phone for my races last weekend as I knew there would be unmissable photo ops. What are your thoughts on this?
And finally, while summer is by far my favourite season, when it comes to running there is nothing quite like autumn. The air is cooler, the colours are beautiful and I can wear cosy clothes to lounge around post-run. It looks like Runner’s World agrees, as they put together this reminder of why running at this time of year is great. What is your favourite time of year to run?
The Running Princess