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.
Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week. I feel like I’ve had a pretty busy one so I’m looking forward to a little down time (and running!) over the weekend. But first, let’s have a quick rundown of some bits and pieces I’ve spotted lately.
I didn’t manage to fit in a Friday Finds post last week, but if I had then I would certainly have included this post from Mary Cain which, in going viral, has ignited a great deal of long overdue conversation about the experience of female athletes. My attention was also caught by this opinion piece written in response, and sadly just today I spotted this piece suggesting the problem ran much much deeper as further athletes are speaking out. Something has to change
Moving on to other topics, I found this next one fascinating. We are bombarded with data these days and when it comes to our running we can choose to delve into any number of metrics, but it seems that a closer look at our gait may be more useful than we’ve previously considered when it comes to increasing our pace. I suppose if you consider the theory of marginal gains, then any tweak which improves running economy is going to be useful, so it will be interesting to see how this work progresses.
Next, something for those seeking ways to make their running more eco-friendly. According the this article, Salomon is working on a concept that will create a 100% recyclable running shoe. That is good news as we are currently limited in what we can do with our running shoes once we are finished with them. Another one to watch.
This next one I found interesting. I already knew that being tired can make us crave sweets and junk food as our bodies seek energy, but always believed this was a response in our brains. But new research suggests that our sense of smell may be playing a part here too. Perhaps that’s why the bakery in a supermarket always seems to appealing when I’m tired!
The Running Princess