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 and welcome to December! I can’t believe the festive season is here already and am looking forward to some time off over Christmas to relax and recharge. But there’s still plenty going on in the world of sport and running, so here are a few things I’ve been reading lately.
You all know by now that I love a bit of running-related science or data so let’s kick things off with a recent column by one of my favourite writers, Alex Hutchinson. He examines the good news that new studies challenge the previous idea that high levels of exercise could contribute to heart damage. I’ll leave you to read the article to get all the details
Next up, some good news for runners concerned about environmental matters and climate change. First, the news that runners at last month’s Conwy half marathon faced disqualification if they dropped litter during the race. Some races are definitely doing more than others to combat waste and litter, so it’s high time others took steps to make a difference.
Also in environmental news, I caught sight of this piece announcing that my favourite marathon (Paris, of course!) has become the first carbon neutral marathon in the world. It’s been a few years since I took part in this event, but I do remember a big push on recycling and being shown the different bins that were being used along the route for plastics/paper/banana peels etc so it’s great to see this announcement. I wonder which other races will follow..
Speaking of marathons, if you’re planning your next 26.2 miles then you might be interested in this next article reporting on how various marathons around the world rank. Whether you’re looking for the best, the fastest, the safest or just to avoid the duds, this might help you out in your decision making. Any of these on your list?
And finally, having experienced a number of cold spells recently (and with more to come, I’m sure!) I was amused by Canadian Running Magazine‘s updated breakdown of the emotional stages of winter running. Which ones resonate with you?
The Running Princess