Friday Finds – 15th May

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.

How are you?
I’ve had a pretty busy week this week with some big reports to get written and loads of brain-frying video meetings, so it’s going to be a quick post from me today to round up a few odds and ends I’ve come across this week. Here we go…

First, a story with a link to Coronavirus. Many of us have changed the way we train right now and people have found all kinds of novel ways to carry on as “normally” as possible. There have also been all kinds of DIY marathons, often in very small spaces, but this one seems a bit mad, even by my standards:

I also liked this one. I’ve been mulling over how running and marathons might have equipped me to deal with the current situation and this post neatly pulls it together:

With so many changes in the world, the cancellation of races can seem insignificant, but the importance of running, structure and routine has become increasingly apparent. I really enjoyed looking at these lessons our future selves should remember when we finally move beyond these strange times:

I always enjoy the Sweat Science column from Alex Hutchinson, so was pleased to see this one that helped explain why mental fatigue (like a switch to sitting in front of a computer all day) affects our performance:

And finally, if everything that’s going on in the world right now rather than motivate you to run more, has actually sucked away all motivation to run, then you’re not alone. Here’s a little bit of advice to help you deal with that, whether you want to get back out there or simply forgive yourself for choosing not to.

Stay safe. Be kind. Wash your hands.
The Running Princess


3 thoughts on “Friday Finds – 15th May

  1. That article on mental fatigue is so interesting. It is one thing I have struggled with at home, as I have had a few weeks with lots of data analysis and things that really sap my mind- not really slowing my running (although it has slowed, but I am happy to pootle along) but I know I need to take a break from the task but the temptation is to carry on until I get to the next bit, and then I remember something else, and before I know it I’ve been sat there for hours and am struggling to think of the right word or remember how to process something! With such a big link between mind and body it’s no surprise that it affects the body if you take a step back and think about it.

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    • I have definitely noticed the same on weeks with a heavy mental load – data, high levels of marking, etc. I’ve heard before the the body just reads everything as stress and can’t differentiate between physical stress and mental stress. Getting some exercise helps to clear the head but taking it easy is worthwhile to avoid a niggle or injury.


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