Happy Friday! Each week, Friday Thrive features my favorite reads, eats, and more from the week. Here’s what I found interesting this week:
Could the Olympic be adding cross country as a sport? Each Tuesday I read Mario Fraioli’s Morning Shakeout and this tidbit of information was in this week’s issue. Obstacle racing (think Amelia Boone) also is bidding for a spot on the Olympic roster, and it’s about time. I mean, handball and trampoline both are featured at the Summer Olympics – so why not reintroduce cross country?
And while we’re on the topic of cross country, let’s discuss the gender discrepancy in the sport. At both the NCAA Cross-Country Championships and the USATF National Club Cross-Country Championships, women race the 6K…. while men race the 10K. Excuse me? We have already well established that our uteruses aren’t going to fall out or float up to our elbows from running. That’s not to mention that men and women race the same distance on the track and the roads. So why aren’t the genders running the same distance in cross country?
It’s certainly not an issue of time, as some corners of the internet (*cough* Let’s Run) claim. I cross-checked my interferences with my alma mater’s cross-country (Divison 1), and the women complete their 6K in 23-26 minutes, while the men complete their 10K in 34-35 minutes. Yes, the women might be a few minutes slower when you extend their finish times to the 10K, but not enough to warrant a full 4K shorter.
“Sharpen Your Training by Understanding Your Unique Physiology” by Allie Burdick for Women’s Running
I shared my review of Dr. Stacy Sims’ ROAR already – the information contained in it is transformative for the female athlete. Sims eschews the “shrink it and pink it” mentality that dominated women’s running for decades. Allie has shared on her own blog how Sims’ advice improved her training, thus adding authority to her piece. In this article, she covers a few of Sims’ key messages, from the fact that low-carb diets don’t usually work for female athletes to dispensing the fear of training during the menstrual cycle.
January was a surprisingly busy month of racing for my athletes, given the cold weather!
Melanie ran a half marathon PR!
Melissa ran a 5K PR!
Jamala ran a 4-minute course PR in the 5K!
Pete ran a half marathon!
Annmarie ran a half marathon!
Rechell ran a half marathon!
Jenn ran a half marathon
Chicken breasts are one of my go-to options for dinner. While the same seasonings can become boring, I also do not want to spend an hour actively cooking each night. I made this Meyer Lemon Roasted Chicken from How Sweet Eats this week and it was incredibly delicious – yet super simple to make. The recipe used chicken thighs but I substituted bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. I served it with roasted golden beets and green beans and pan-fried red potatoes. Definitely a meal to repeat!
I am currently reading Your Best Stride by Jonathan Beverly. This book is fascinating, especially as it debunks popular myths about form (that footstrike matters most) and focuses on simple mobility exercises and drills you can do to optimize your individual form. This is what inspired me to set my goal of improving my shoulder mobility.
What’s a new recipe that you tried lately?
Would you watch cross country running at the Olympics?