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.
Hello and welcome to November! Where did that sneak up from? Hopefully you have a fun weekend planned, but while you’re snuggled up keeping cosy, here’s a bit of reading material for you.
One thing to keep an eye on this weekend is the New York marathon. And while the elite race is sure to be exciting, like many city marathons it’s the other stories to emerge from the event which can be far more interesting. Take this one for example. How can you not be inspired by an 86 year old woman running her 17th New York marathon (she ran her first aged 69)? What an incredible story! I would LOVE to still be running (and enjoying my running) in my 80s!
Speaking of marathons, I found this next piece really interesting. I know I’m not the only one to have felt an overwhelming surge of emotions at a marathon finish line, so it was good to learn a little more about just why that happens. I have to say, I’m also one of those people who wells up a little in Disney Parks (not always when I’m running!) so I guess the theories can be applied to other aspects of life too. What are your thoughts?
Interestingly, that wasn’t the only piece I came across this week linking running and crying, leading me to wonder if everyone is out there sobbing and sniffling as they run! Normally running makes me feel fantastic, but I’ll admit to a a couple of occasions when I’ve been dealing with some emotional “life stuff” and a run has kind of unlocked the tears. Have you ever cried during a run?
Meanwhile, after recent high-profile marathon runs, footwear – more specifically the Nike shoes worn in Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour run – continue to generate interest and stimulate debate. I’ve listened to a number of commentators and read various pieces all discussing this topic and can’t help feeling that it is at it’s core a technological advancement akin to those seen in other sports. It’s just that this development has resulted in a significant gain in a short period of time, thus courting controversy. That said, I’m happy to consider both sides of the argument and found this well-crafted piece by Geoffrey Burns to be an excellent examination of the shoe debate.
And finally, on the topic of Eliud Kipchoge’s historic run, have you seen this video in which Olympian Nick Symmonds demonstrates just how incredible a feat it was? So good to see athletes at that level feeling just like we mere mortals do when pushing our limits!
The Running Princess