Happy Friday! Each week, Friday Thrive rounds up favorite things from this week. This week’s Friday Thrive features five interesting articles about running.
A Small Town Runner at a Big City Race
Amanda Loudin shares her experience in running the New York City Half Marathon, along with 22,000 other runners, in “Can a Small Town Girl Learn to Love a Big City Race?” from Runner’s World. Many athletes love the excitement and crowds of big city races, but Loudin represents a fair number of runners: “Small is my thing. I love waking up in my own bed, hopping in the car 30 minutes before a race start, and parking with a few minutes left to warm up. I don’t like corrals, jostling for position, or ironing out the logistics required getting to and from a big event.”
Loudin’s experience at the NYC Half – which included a 45-minute wait for her wave to start and a mile-long walk out of the finisher’s corral – contrasts to smaller races. Even the popular California International Marathon (the largest race I have run) has only 7,000 finishers – and you can hop immediately out of the finisher’s corral to hug your loved ones at the finish line. I agree with Loudin – smaller races definitely have their perks, especially for introverted runners.
Elite Runner Turned Side Gig Queen
As a solopreneur and a female runner, I look up to Lauren Fleshman as one of my role models. Fleshman pivoted from a career as an elite runner to a businesswoman in the running world, with Picky Bars and the Believe/Compete Journals as her primary products. She may just be more of a household name now than during her elite career. Kate Siber for Outside explores Lauren’s successful career in “Runner Lauren Fleshman on How to Master the Side Gig.”
A Trait of Successful Runners? Joy.
Sarah Canney of Run Far Girl wrote this fantastic piece that resonated with me: “How Joy Can Improve Your Running and Racing.” If you don’t already follow Sarah on social media or her blog, she’s an incredible runner – she recently placed third in the National Snowshoe Championships and is gearing up for a fast half marathon. In this blog post, she shares how her recent success is in part due to finding joy in her training and racing, rather than dwelling on doubt or putting pressure on herself.
Time Off Isn’t Going to Hurt – It May Just Help
A week or two of running off, whether it’s after a race or to treat burn-out or injury, isn’t going to derail your fitness. If anything, the brief break may help, as “Why It’s Okay to Take Time Off from Running” discusses. David Roche writes for Trail Running Magazine, “A few days on your butt could heal muscles, balance hormonal fluctuations from hard training and stoke the motivation fire. After a short time off, you may even be stronger than you were in ancient times (a few days prior) when you were able to run.”
The Dietician’s Guide to Fueling on the Run
Natalie Rizzo for Women’s Running asked several dieticians to provide their top pieces of advice for fueling before and during runs. This short article offers a lot of good guidance, from adjusting your fiber intake around runs to the one big mistake athletes make – not hydrating enough during the day.
Do you prefer big city races or small races?
How have you found joy in running recently?