Weekend Reads 2.10.19

How are these weeks flying by so fast? Why does time do that? I don’t know if this is a weird fantasy to have but ever since I was a kid I wished that I could make time stand still for a few days, weeks, months, or even years at a time just so I could get work done and catch up on things while everything else stayed frozen.

I have very boring fantasies.

With that, here are some interesting stories I came across recently (or not so recently):

  • This is truly amazing, inspiring, incredible, and all the other positive adjectives you have at your disposal: a British runner, Susannah Gill, not only did the unthinkable and ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, she utterly smashed the previous World Marathon Challenge record by more than three hours. Gill averaged 3:28:09 for each marathon, a time I might be able to achieve for one marathon if I put in a ton of work over the next several years.
  • This is interesting: a study involving thousands of male runners, most in their 50s, determined that the men who exercised a lot were more prone to developing plaque in their cardiac arteries. However, those same men were also less likely to die prematurely of heart disease. It’s thought that more extreme exercise might cause plaque, but the plaque is more stable and less likely to break free and cause a heart attack. Yet again, the conclusion is that exercise is good and you should do it.
  • In food & money news (two of my favorite topics), this mini article caught my eye, as I am always looking for ways to save money on groceries. I’m thinking of actually writing a whole post about it. I totally agree with the planning, writing lists, and comparing prices at different stores, but I’m not sold on the “don’t shop more than twice a week” rule. Ever visited NYC? We don’t have cars here. Nobody buys more than two bags of groceries at a time because that’s all we can carry (unless you’re one of those elderly ladies with the rolling carts, which I hope to be someday). I’m at the supermarket five times a week, at least. But there are still some good tips in there.
  • This is an older article I found saved in my bookmarks and thought I’d bring it out. It’s an obituary for Harriette Thompson, a runner who died in 2017 at the age of 94. She started running short distances in her 50s and ran her first marathon at 76. She ran them into her 90s, and in 2015 became the oldest known woman to finish a marathon. I’m not sure why I saved this article, as I had never heard of her before she died. I think I just love stories of people discovering parts of themselves later in life. It reminds me that it’s never too late to pursue what you love.

As always, I have no photos to accompany this post, so here is a picture of my dog looking at a bunch of puddles on the course of a 5K I was scheduled to run that weekend. (That race recap coming soon!)


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