Welcome to week three of Running Reads & Other Intriguing Things. I hope your running is going well! Here are some stories to contemplate as you head into the weekend. Enjoy!
Susan Donnelly always has words of wisdom that resonate with me. A lot of what she writes about relates to mindset training, which is so essential in races of any length, but especially ultras. Her story here is a great reason to persist even when everything seems to go wrong.
I might be a little partial with having some Norwegian ancestry, but no matter where you’re from these brothers continue to be an interesting story. The three Ingebrigtsen brothers, Henrik, Filip, and Jakob, have all won European Championships at 1500 meters, and their success has been studied in-depth in two recent athletic journals. While two of them started their athletic career with a variety of activities, the third specialized earlier to follow in his brother’s footsteps. Take a look at the analysis of their background and what has made them so successful on Podium Runner.
I’ll admit, I was rooting hard for Des Linden at the Olympic Marathon Trials this past weekend. I always love her grit and willingness to compete, especially when the going gets tough. But this is a comeback story of another kind. Even though she’s only 25, Molly Seidel has persevered through many challenges in her young life. In her marathon debut, she found herself in second place on the podium and heading to the Olympics. I’ll be rooting hard for her too!
The thought of intermittent fasting both terrifies and fascinates me, given how often I eat throughout the day. But this article from No Meat Athlete gives some interesting options and reasons to consider it, especially from a weight loss perspective. You’ll have to read a little further down, but he addresses some athlete-specific questions as well. This definitely makes intermittent fasting feel a little more approachable (and also ok to skip if it’s not your thing).
And finally, a little humor. An ode to those dog owners who make us crazy leaving plastic poop bags on the side of the trail. Maybe there are some benefits after all?
Welcome to the second edition of Running Reads & Other Intriguing Things. Here are a few things that have caught my attention this week: