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! Yes, it is indeed Saturday rather than Friday but an ongoing issue with my computer has left me a bit out of sorts and relying heavily on other devices. Keep your fingers crossed I can resolve things soon, and in the meantime I’ll do my best to keep my regular posts coming.
I want to start this week by returning to last week’s story about the runner who was attacked by a mountain lion whilst out on a run. As you may remember, in order to survive this attack the runner had to kill the mountain lion, but little further was known of the story. In the last couple of days, a little more was made public so I wanted to follow up the story with this piece, one of several I saw in which the runner was able to discuss what happened.
The rest of the articles I’m sharing this week are ones where we can get a bit of inspiration from the amazing things that are being achieved in the world of running. Let’s start with the World Marathon Challenge and runner Susannah Gill who not only completed what must be a pretty exhausting (and at times gruelling) challenge, but set a new female record whilst doing so. The idea of 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents is pretty intriguing, but the cost is prohibitive. Would you have a go if money was no object?
Also setting a new record is the incredible Camille Herron who, despite being in a car accident just two weeks prior, set a new women’s course record at the Tarawera 100 mile race. She really is unstoppable!
Another woman showing us what can be done is Marianne Heading who won the 300 mile Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. Yes, ARCTIC! I can’t even begin to think about how cold that must have been, and the added challenge of pulling all your kit on a sled really ups the difficulty level of this one. There really are some mightily impressive people out there!
And finally, as if that wasn’t enough inspiration then here’s one to watch out for at this year’s Western States 100 mile: Kyle Robidoux. Why? Because Robidoux is going to be the first entrant in the event’s 45 year history to have a visual impairment. In an event brutal already brutal enough, Robidoux is going to be making history. I wish him all the very best for his training and preparations.
The Running Princess