Friday Finds – 31st July

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.

I have DEFINITELY dropped the ball on Friday Finds recently. What with at least one sunny Friday (can’t waste those rare opportunities to spend the day reading outside) and visits from family, I just haven’t managed to fit it in – ironic, I know, in a time when my days are not exactly packed! But I’m back today with a roundup of a few Covid-related pieces from within the world of running. Let’s go…!

First, I think we were probably all aware that lockdowns and restrictions around the world led a lot of people to begin running as access to gyms and fitness classes disappeared. It was only when I saw this piece with some of the numbers around the Couch to 5k app that I realised just how big of an increase there had been. It wold be interesting to know how many of those downloads were converted to active C25K participants.

Also confirming my suspicions is this piece about virtual races. With so many races being cancelled this year, many have now shifted to being virtual events, while I suspect companies specialising in virtual events have probably seen a boost in registrations. I would imagine there are several reasons for this, including having a training focus, retaining a sense of community and injecting a bit of competition into runs. Are you taking part in any virtual races?

Next up, some interesting news for those of us wearing a fitness tracker, as it looks like a number of companies are turning their attention towards public health matters and the possibility of harnessing data to predict Covid-19. Something that is of concern to me is the idea of asymptomatic cases and/or those who might spread the virus before actually showing symptoms. With so many people using fitness trackers these days, perhaps some of the metrics measured might provide an early indication that the wearer should be tested. I will be watching with interest to see how this unfolds.

As things begin to open up, more and more people are wondering how long it might be before races return and, crucially, what those races might look like. Looking at the guidelines from UK Athletics (worth noting that the dates for various activities to resume here in Scotland – and presumably Northern Ireland and Wales – are different, but I would imagine Scottish Athletics will follow similar guidelines) I’m in no hurry to get back to mass participation racing, although fully acknowledge that the guidelines are necessary to protect public health. That said, it’s just not worth it for me right now as I continue to be super-cautious about everything.

And finally, we might not be heading to a marathon any time soon, but I’m pretty sure Sunday long runs are continuing. How many of these are things you have either heard or said? The one about food is definitely me!

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

Week In Review – The Corona Chronicles Part 13

Thirteen weeks! That’s thirteen weeks since the world has been in any way normal – work, social interactions, even getting the weekly shop have all completely changed. That’s a quarter of a year in which we have had to get used to a “new normal” and who knows how long it might be until anything resembling what we previously knew as “normal” might return. Don’t get me wrong, I have no desire to rush things and risk a huge surge in virus cases, but it would be nice to get the shopping done in a more leisurely manner, maybe browse the shelves or inspect a product I’m not necessarily committed to buying!

But I also want to acknowledge that, certainly for me, there have been good points to the last thirteen weeks. My sleeping patterns are really consistent, leaving me well rested; I’ve been able to catch up on lot of household projects that I never would have touched otherwise; we’ve become much better at meal planning and making things from scratch and, of course, I’ve been able to increase the frequency of my running and workouts. I might not be going anywhere any time soon, but at least I feel fit and strong!

Here’s what I got up to training-wise in the last week:

Monday – 3.1 miles + living room workout + Hatha yoga via Zoom
Tuesday – 4 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Wednesday – 5 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Thursday – 4.5 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Friday – 4 miles + garden workout + home yoga
Saturday – 6.3 miles
Sunday – 8.3 miles

I’m trying to follow a pattern of three weeks of around 40 miles followed by dropping the mileage and intensity back a bit in the fourth week to allow a little recovery and adaptation. This was one of my “lighter” weeks so my overall mileage was a little less (35 miles total) and I kept the pace fairly easy on almost all of my runs (more about that later). It was a really humid week so I was glad I was able to run first thing as it would have been really sticky later on, but even then I was aware of the humidity as I was running and was glad I could just run to feel at a comfortable pace.

My workouts were still largely focused on mobility, mainly at my hips. We’re all no doubt aware that lots of sitting can shorten our hip flexors and this can lead to problems when we run. Throughout Lockdown I’ve tried to keep stretching my hip flexors, but have still identified some issues along the way that were likely a result of my working day being entirely seated (compared to being on my feet in a classroom) so we’ve been building back in some work to increase mobility in my hips and counter the effects of all the sitting. This should hopefully prevent the occasional niggly things from turning into something that would stoop me from running, and I am definitely feeling the difference from it.

Thinking about the rest of the week, it was largely more of the same. Monday was a fairly non-descript day once again, but the highlight of a Monday is always my yoga class on Zoom in the evening. Even though I’m doing yoga most other days, it feels different to actually be part of a class rather than simply following a video. It’s much more personal.

Tuesday began with the usual “performance” from Smokey when I got back from my run. Honestly, the way he shouts and yowls you would think I had been gone for days, not less than an hour. He’s going to have some attachment issues when I go back to work!

And there was further kitty hilarity later in the day courtesy of a tiny fly that just kept outsmarting them!









On Tuesday evening we watched The Impossible Games after a friend had mentioned it to us. Did you catch it? It was a way of bringing back some athletics with a limited number of athletes competing in an empty stadium, but what really caught my eye was the race that took part in two locations simultaneously and the pole vault competition where some competitors were in the stadium and one French athlete was taking part from his garden!! He had the whole rig with the high bar set up for him and you could still see the swing set off to the side. That puts a whole new spin on working from home haha!

We finished watching The Morning Show on Wednesday and I was pleased to find that a second series is planned. Who knows when that will come out since filming of everything has been halted – frankly I’m concerned that a few things we normally watch in the second half of the year might not happen in 2020, or heaven forbid, we run out of new programming to watch! I know a few things are starting up again, but I’m not sure how you could make Strictly Come Dancing in the age of social distancing 🤔

Thursday brought the latest statement from the First Minister around entering the next phase of our exit from Lockdown and the further easing of restrictions. I have to say, there wasn’t as much of a change as I had thought, although I fully support a cautious approach having seen a lot in the media about a spike in cases in parts of the world where things have really begun to open up again. I’d much rather take things slowly to protect people’s health and really get this virus suppressed.

Meanwhile, the cats were more interested in who got to cuddle a teddy haha!

We also had the task of figuring out what our next tv programme would be (always a challenge to find something for both of us!). I looked through all the various platforms available to us and drew up a list of possibilities. In the end we plumped for Schitt’s Creek. It’s been mentioned to me a few times before by various people so we decided to give it a go. So far, it’s pretty funny (I mean, it’s Eugene Levy and *those* eyebrows, so of course it is!). While we were watching that, the cats were “hiding” so the massive pigeon in the garden wouldn’t spot them 😹

Friday, however, had a bit more interest to it since it was our 10th wedding anniversary. Spending it in Lockdown wasn’t entirely the plan for this year (I had intended for us to make a bit of a thing of it in Florida in July) but I did excel myself in my choice of card this year:

My day actually started far too early as I was woken just before 6am by a bit of a commotion. It turned out that Steve was already up and away for his run (nothing unusual there) but one of the cats had slipped into the downstairs loo without him noticing and was shut in. I think she was quite content in there for a while, but then her brother started yowling about it and woke me up. By the time I had figured out what was going on and sorted it out, I was awake. Unfortunately, it was pouring outside but I knew it was due to ease off around when I usually head out so I opted to read my book in bed for a bit before going for my run.

In the afternoon my mum dropped by for a quick doorstep visit. She brought us an anniversary card and some more rhubarb from her garden, but I think the main reason for the visit was to drop off some leftover chicken for the cats to have. Even though she can’t come in and see them yet, she is still spoiling them! good thing they’re cute!

We celebrated our anniversary in the evening with some nice steaks, peppercorn sauce, homemade chips and a dessert of freshly made rhubarb crumble (made from the rhubarb that had still been growing in mum’s garden earlier that day).









We then carried on with some more episodes of Schitt’s Creek whilst sipping on some celebratory prosecco. A perfectly pleasant day, but it’s still a shame we couldn’t do more to mark the occasion. I guess 11 years will have to be the new 10…

After reading in bed for a bit on Saturday morning, I headed off for my run. This week parkrun launched their (not)parkrun initiative – run 5k wherever and whenever you want then upload your time (all on the honour system) to your profile via the new link there. The times are then complied into a table alongside everyone else representing the same home parkrun. I thought it would be nice to have those times sitting in my parkrun profile as a long-term reminder of this year, but wanted to run more than 5k so decided to run the same route I usually like on a Saturday but make it a (not)parkrun sandwich – I ran a couple of miles to what I considered my start line (Big Six of course). I then stopped my watch to restart it fresh to run 5k. I also tried to run a bit harder for that 5k and that turned out to be quite a humbling experience. I may feel like I can run for ever at a nice easy pace right now, but my body is no longer used to moving faster. I felt like I was working quite hard for a time two minutes slower than I was running at parkrun before it was paused (even with the advantage of Big Six parkrun having a swooping downhill start before being largely flat!). What was most interesting was looking at the data from my watch after the run and noting that my heart rate was not much higher than my normal runs (and lower than it would be at parkrun) so I think that suggests my fitness is fine and I COULD go faster, my legs just aren’t used to turning over at a quicker pace. I already had it in mind to use the summer holidays to bring in a bit of speed work again, so clearly it’s time to mix things up a bit more rather than always running at the same pace.

At the end of the 5k I stopped and reset my watch again to take the remainder of my run home as a cool down – just like on an actual parkrunday when I run there, run parkrun and run home. I suspect this may be my habit for the foreseeable future since I don’t see parkrun returning in the UK any time soon.

And what happens after (not)parkrun? Why you got to the (not)cafe – aka your own house – for a bacon roll and the parkrun quiz. 8/15 this week. We seem to be hovering around the 50% mark with our scores with lots of guesses lately. Is it just me or is the quiz harder now than it was at first? Far more questions you just could not know the answer to (which is kind of the point, I know) but it’s fun to guess and some of the options are hilarious!

Since the weather was ok, Steve had arranged to meet his brother for a takeaway coffee and resume their weekly catch up in person (with appropriate distancing) rather than by video call. While he was away, I went to sit in the garden and finished my book. This one was nice enough, but not anything special. It’s a bit like The Keeper of Lost Things (which I loved) but perhaps a bit more predictable in places. I enjoyed it but it’s not one I would rave about.

When the sun disappeared I went inside for a bath then the evening was spent with our pizza, the rest of the prosecco and the tv. My mum had recommended The Salisbury Poisonings on the iPlayer, so we watched the first two parts. Another really good one to watch if you didn’t catch it yet.

Then on Sunday I read for a bit then headed out for an easy 8 miles. It was still humid, probably the most humid it had been all week, so it felt pretty sticky at times. I keep seeing a suggestion in the weather forecast of possible thunderstorms and while it hasn’t happened yet, it wouldn’t surprise me given how the air has been feeling.

One we had done the food shopping, we settled down to watch the final part of The Salisbury Poisonings and enjoyed a little treat we picked up while we were out. Not quite the same as the Disney treats I was looking forward to this summer, but still tasty.

And of course I rounded off my Sunday with a bath to set me up for another week of remote teaching.

Have you been reading more during Lockdown?
How have restrictions affected your exercise/fitness?

Friday Finds – 5th 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! did you miss me last week? The thing about working from home, is that all that time spent in front of a screen means putting together a blog post is much less appealing – plus last Friday the sun was out and my sister came for a (socially distanced) garden visit so something had to give. Sorry! Still, I’m back today with a super-quick post to round up a few interesting odds and ends:

Although I had no marathon-related plans this year, I was still shocked (although probably not hugely surprised) at the cancellation of this year’s Boston marathon. I fear that many other events will follow suit and 2020 will become a bit of a wasteland when it comes to competitive events

Mind you, it looks like some runners are finding other ways to be competitive throughout lockdown:

And I enjoyed this photo story of how professional athletes have been maintaining their training from home:

I have mentioned one or two times that coming back out of lockdown makes me feel worried. I have become so accustomed to avoiding people that the idea of closer contact feels almost alien. I knew I wouldn’t be alone in feeling that way and Runner’s World has put together some advice:

And finally, a little bit of Strava humour. Which one best describes you? I’m definitely the “looper”.

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

Friday Finds – 22nd 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.

For those who have lost track, it is indeed Friday again. I hope this Friday finds you well. I’m back with another quick roundup of some bits and pieces I’ve come across this week.

First a similar piece to one I shared last week. It’s easy to get frustrated when we feel we are running more slowly, but often there is good reason and stress can be a major factor.

Some useful lessons from endurance sport which might help up as we continue to navigate the stress and uncertainties of our time:

And some sage advice around dealing with FOMO:

An interesting longer read which considers the legendary Jim Fixx against the current context:

As well as some advice from Brad Stulberg around how important having a routine is right now. It’s definitely helped me to have a structure to my day as I work from home.

Meanwhile, away from Covid-19, Alex Hutchinson has been contemplating what fast marathons might look like in the future. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see some elite racing again soon.

And finally, a new world record – but not quite as you might expect. I can’t believe how fast this guy can run while DRIBBLING A BASKETBALL!!

That’s it for this week!

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

Friday Finds – 24th April

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.

Everyone ok? I’m back to let you know that today is definitely Friday (I checked!) and share a few bits and pieces of reading material to help you pass the time. Mind you, lots of outlets really are working hard to keep the content coming to stave off boredom right now. In some ways, I quite like it (but having a bit more freedom wouldn’t go wrong!).

Let’s start with a few recent bits related to the current global pandemic and its impact on running and fitness:

This piece by Matt Lindner for Medium really resonated with me as I recognise so much of what he covers – the empty streets, the feeling of being the only one about and the opportunity to shift the time that I run so there’s not quite such an early start. Running and other workouts are definitely one of the things helping to keep me in balance right now and I know I’m not alone in that

Also in Medium, Rui Bento reflects on his marathon journey on a day when he should have been running his next. While I didn’t have a spring marathon planned this year, I did have running plans and have found some comfort in remembering previous race experiences. How about you?

Meanwhile Runner’s World reports on another unusual lockdown marathon – this time INSIDE a Premier Inn. I just don’t think I could face it!

As well as highlighting the ways in which being fit can help to protect us against the most severe symptoms of Covid-19.

Moving to other topics, this next piece is a bit older (from last autumn) and I’m trying hard to overlook the use of a capital ‘P’ when “parkrun” is all lower case, but the part that stands out to me most right now is about the idea of devotion to parkrun, the community spirit and group identity people gain from being a parkrunner. That’s even more obvious just now as people seek ways to create makeshift parkruns in their gardens or replicate the post-run coffee with video calls. From parkrun itself there is the weekly quiz and other online content designed to keep that spirit alive. I just wish it hadn’t taken a pandemic for us to truly realise that it always was so much more than a run.

If you’re looking for a longer read then the BBC published this piece profiling everyone’s favourite marathon runner, Eliud Kipchoge.

And finally, we may not be racing any time soon, but we can still amuse ourselves with some race-related pet peeves. Anything you would add to this list? For me it’s the “unisex” (not a thing) race T-shirt which invariably looks like a tent on me and cannot ever be worn. There are still too many race organisers who need to learn that women are not small men and produce appropriate items – after all, we’re paying the same entry fee. (Yes, this one REALLY annoys me!).

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

Friday Finds – 31st January

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.

What a week! Just when I thought everything was feeling settled, life found a way of throwing in a few curve balls! But we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to catch up on more of the articles I’ve been saving to share with you this month…

Let’s start with Nike. Barely a day goes by right now without further discussion and speculation surrounding *those* shoes, so here’s a selection of some of the articles I’ve seen in the last few days

Culminating today with the much-anticipated announcement from World Athletics about regulating the shoes. Thoughts?

Another perennial hot topic in running is the issue of running form. While I might not buy into the traditional classification of runners into having foot “types”, I do still believe that there will be an optimal form for each individual runner. A form that will make them most economical and least likely to pick up injuries, yet probably be different to what is optimal for someone else. But what does science say? If only there was a columnist who like to delve into such things 😂

One thing we might use when we are considering our form/fitness/efficiency as a runner is the data available to us, but with so many variables to consider, what is of greatest use to us? This piece from Podium Runner delves into the details

Which brings me to arguably the most popular source for running data analysis: Strava! Here you can learn more about how the platform became what we know today:

And finally, January may (finally) be at an end, but what of those resolutions so boldly set at the beginning of the month? Those who made sweeping changes have probably faltered already, so here’s a comedic look at the whole ‘New Year, New You’ notion from Brendan Leonard:

Happy reading,
The Running Princess

Friday Finds – 3rd January

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.

It’s the first Friday Finds of the new decade! There often isn’t much going on at this point in the year when it comes to articles to share, but I do have some bits and pieces for you today and I’m excited to see what 2020 brings.

Let’s start with something more uplifting than it sounds. If you follow the Hungry Runner Girl blog written by Janae Baron then you might have seen her journey to huge marathon success this year. This culminated in her recently attempting to run a US Olympic Trials Qualifying time (OTQ) and while she did not reach her goal, it doesn’t change the huge leaps she has made this year. This piece about her, written for Podium Runner, is a great reminder of how the ups and downs we encounter in running are, ultimately, good for us – even if they don’t seem that way at the time! To quote:

“This is the beauty of running—to run is to risk failure. To dream and set big goals will not only ensure you risk failure but will also promise that at some point you fail to achieve those audacious goals…At the risk of sounding cliché, to dream big and set goals is to succeed.”

Click through to read the rest of the article.

Next, an interesting pieces from the South China Morning Post looking at the why behind our motivation to run. The piece is based on a Swedish study looking at what motivates runners and this study found an interesting relationship between running being an escape, a freedom from pressure, and the fact that many of the pressures we might be trying to escape, such as performance goals and measuring our progress, are present there too. I include this because I’m interested to know what you think. Personally, I’m at a point with my running that I don’t really feel under these pressures, but equally I can see how they might creep in. I also wonder if we view these pressures differently in running (or other activities) when compared with our attitudes to work/life pressures. Any thoughts?

I also want to share this piece recently published in The Guardian. It focuses on the marathon and the rise in those accused of cheating at the distance, but ends with a question that seems to attempt some understanding of why someone might cheat in a marathon. For me, there’s no debate here: cheating is wrong and I’m glad steps are being taken to clamp down on those who cheat. Yes, the distance has become far more accessible to the general public, but it still represents a huge challenge and I would hate to think that the achievements of the many who take on a marathon every year could be undermined by cheats making it look “easy”. I’ll get down off my soap box now.

Now this next piece I found really interesting. Shoes are always a hot topic among runners, and we are increasingly realising that the traditional ways of categorising foot “types” are not really based on any sound evidence. But what this piece suggests is that running shoes is another of those areas where female-specifc research is lacking and that women are much more likely than men to be dissatisfied with their shoes. Is this another example of women being treated as small men when, in fact, we are very different when it comes to our bodies? What’s your experience?

And finally, it’s happened again. A runner celebrated their win too early and was dipped on the line by a rival, missing out not just on the win, but on a new race record. That has to smart!!

Happy reading,
The Running Princess


Friday Finds – 27th December

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! Friday Finds has rather gotten away from me through December- a combination of lots going on and a fairly light selection of articles to share – but I definitely wanted to bring you a post today for the last Friday not just of the year, but of the decade! And as is traditional at this time of year, the articles I have to share are largely retrospective in nature, such is our wont to spend the days of Twixtmas in a rather reflective mood. So here’s what I’ve found that relates to the running world…

Let’s start with something topical and according to this piece in The Guardian, we are getting more active in the period between Christmas and New Year. I don’t know about you, but although I know I need to take some time for myself to recharge between school terms, I do feel much better for having some kind of activity in my day, so it’s good to know that so many others feel the same way and actively seek something a little different to do than inhaling leftovers and watching box sets.

For those who like a round up of some of the year’s highlights, one of my favourite sources (Canadian Running) has done just that. How many of these stories do you remember?

Something similar from Runner’s World, but in their version a series of GIFs to capture how we might have felt as we witnessed some of the year’s biggest running moments.

Meanwhile over at Outside, Martin Fritz Huber gathers together some of the running stories that define the past decade. What will stand out to you from the past 10 years?

And finally, in a little retrospective humour, Brendan Leonard at Outside shares some rather non-scientific visuals he created throughout the year to help us understand the world. Which one is your favourite?

Happy reading, and Happy New Year when it comes!
The Running Princess

Friday Finds – 15th November

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!

And finally, I was amused by this decidedly tongue-in-cheek advice on how to run a marathon. To be honest, all perfectly sensible but still funny.

Happy reading.
The Running Princess

Friday Finds – 1st November

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 and welcome to November! Where did that sneak up from? Hopefully you have a fun weekend planned, but while you’re snuggled up keeping cosy, here’s a bit of reading material for you.

One thing to keep an eye on this weekend is the New York marathon. And while the elite race is sure to be exciting, like many city marathons it’s the other stories to emerge from the event which can be far more interesting. Take this one for example. How can you not be inspired by an 86 year old woman running her 17th New York marathon (she ran her first aged 69)? What an incredible story! I would LOVE to still be running (and enjoying my running) in my 80s!

Speaking of marathons, I found this next piece really interesting. I know I’m not the only one to have felt an overwhelming surge of emotions at a marathon finish line, so it was good to learn a little more about just why that happens. I have to say, I’m also one of those people who wells up a little in Disney Parks (not always when I’m running!) so I guess the theories can be applied to other aspects of life too. What are your thoughts?

Interestingly, that wasn’t the only piece I came across this week linking running and crying, leading me to wonder if everyone is out there sobbing and sniffling as they run! Normally running makes me feel fantastic, but I’ll admit to a a couple of occasions when I’ve been dealing with some emotional “life stuff” and a run has kind of unlocked the tears. Have you ever cried during a run?

Meanwhile, after recent high-profile marathon runs, footwear – more specifically the Nike shoes worn in Eliud Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour run – continue to generate interest and stimulate debate. I’ve listened to a number of commentators and read various pieces all discussing this topic and can’t help feeling that it is at it’s core a technological advancement akin to those seen in other sports. It’s just that this development has resulted in a significant gain in a short period of time, thus courting controversy. That said, I’m happy to consider both sides of the argument and found this well-crafted piece by Geoffrey Burns to be an excellent examination of the shoe debate.

And finally, on the topic of Eliud Kipchoge’s historic run, have you seen this video in which Olympian Nick Symmonds demonstrates just how incredible a feat it was? So good to see athletes at that level feeling just like we mere mortals do when pushing our limits!

Happy reading,
The Running Princess