Friday Finds – 12th June

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! This is me still struggling with the desire to sit in front of my computer screen any longer than I have to – thanks working from home! – but knowing I want to post on the blog. I don’t know about you, but I feel a bit cross-eyed by the end of the work day since generally being in front of a screen for long periods is not what my job involves. I’m going to be so pleased when I can return to a more “normal” working model!

So with that in mind, I’m going to write quite a quick post to update you on this week’s finds…

First, a fairly unsurprising study result. I know my running is definitely more about mental health than physical health right now, and with no imminent races to train for I know that will be the case for many many others. Here’s the confirmation

Next, a quite remarkable feat of lockdown running – topping the Strava distance table despite ONLY running in your own living room. I’ve been running outside on a daily basis, and yet this guy still ran waaaaay more than me INSIDE!! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I just don’t think I could cope with the monotony!

Also with a strange, albeit very different, achievement is this guy who set a new mile world record…IN JEANS!!! An incredible time and clearly some heartfelt reasons behind it, but surely that has to chafe?

Moving on, here’s Alex Hutchinson looking at why solo efforts can feel so much tougher. With so many people running alone rather than with friends/a group right now, it’s a worthwhile reminder of how our perception can fool us.

And finally, Strava art may not be a new idea, but it’s one of the many ways that a parkrun team has been keeping runners engaged throughout lockdown. Has your parkrun being doing anything a bit different to keep your community together?

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


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