I skipped doing this last week! Honestly, after that insane long run + intervals last Sunday, I was apparently so exhausted I couldn’t even type. I didn’t think it had taken that much out of me.
On that note, although I normally never leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight (walking into a clean kitchen first thing in the morning is one of life’s best feelings), for the past two long runs, I’ve left dishes in the sink later that night. I just couldn’t find the energy to even clean a dish.
Even though the weekend is almost over, you can read these articles anytime! Here’s what caught my eye this week.
- Nothing revelatory here, just another article about how exercise can boost mental health. Especially aerobic activity, which triggers more feel-good endorphins that anaerobic activity. What got my attention more than anything was one of the comments: “Lies. I never get that exercise high after working out… I enjoy none of it, I do it only because I have to.” Aw, that makes me feel bad. If you truly hate exercise, stop doing that exercise and find another exercise. There are so many! Not every activity is for every person.
- An interesting look at running trends finds higher race prices and more summer and winter races than ever before. The report from RunSignup also shows that the number of race participants is about the same as it was last year, so at least it’s not declining. It’s crazy how popular every race distance is becoming over the years – from the 5K to ultramarathons. (I’m actually fascinated by ultramarathons and definitely have it in my sights to do one someday.)
- Travis Kauffman is a runner in Colorado who made the news recently, not for winning a race but for killing a mountain lion that was attacking him. Watch the video of him recounting the attack – it’s insane. Would you have been able to do the same if in his situation? Would I? Let’s hope I never find out.
- New Balance has opened a pub in London where you can “pay” for pints of beer with running miles. Although I’m not much of a drinker (and also not in London), I would absolutely love this idea if it were in exchange for food! Even groceries. Or coffee. Or electricity. Or anything else of value. Imagine that world. I wonder if it would inspire more people to run if they knew they could get paid in more than just good physical and mental health.
- While I don’t follow track too closely, this did catch my eye: Braid expert and runner Colleen Quigley won her first national title in the mile at the 2019 USATF Indoor Championships, beating Shelby Houlihan by half a second and bringing Houlihan’s incredible USATF winning streak to an end. I love that photo of Quigley crossing the finish. Apparently as she crossed the finish she yelled “Fuck yes!” like her Bowerman Track Club teammate Shalane Flanagan did when she won the 2017 NYC Marathon. I have yet to scream that as I cross a finish.
- Another Bowerman Track Club member got my attention recently with her great essay titled “Race Weight.” In the piece, Kate Grace writes about her struggles as a younger runner as she tried in vain to keep her weight down while training, only to have it blow up in her face at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Today, she has learned how to eat to fuel herself, not to reach any “ideal” weight. (Interestingly, I discovered that Kate’s mom is none other than 80s aerobics guru Kathy Smith!)
Hope you find something of interest in there!
Is anyone watching the Oscars tonight? I am not, as I do not have a television. I basically watch Netflix and YouTube and read things. And you know something? I don’t miss TV. I’m not sure I ever want another one?
Once again, as I do not have any photos to accompany this post, please enjoy this photo of my dog resting in my lap on a very happening Friday night.