Happy Friday! Each Friday, I round up some of my favorite articles and stories from the past week in the world of running. Here are my favorite reads from this week:
But Really, American Women are Having a Moment
Jenny Simpson broke her own American record by 2 seconds at the Drake Relays last week. She ran a 9:16, with the final lap at whopping 63 seconds (!). You can read more about her accomplishment here on FloTrack, but let me just say: American female athletes are having a total moment right now. Molly Huddle, Shalane Flanagan, Desi Linden, Jessie Diggins, and now Jenny Simpson have all broken records and/or won major events in the past six months. Is anyone else feeling incredibly inspired?
The Ideal Non-Diet for Runners
Jason Fitzgerald of Strength Running interviewed Heather Caplan, RD and intuitive eating advocate, on his podcast. This episode is a must-listen, as Heather’s view on eating is so balanced and refreshing. She discusses how to balance intuitive eating with eating nutritionally-dense foods to support running, eating enough, and more. Her examination of fasting for runners is particularly interesting (as well as refreshing). Listen to the episode here!
“Let’s Go to Battle”
If you read one article this week, you should read “Behind the Scenes of Desi Linden’s Incredible Boston Marathon Win” by Sarah Lorge Butler and Erin Strout for Runner’s World. The article chronicles the morning of the Boston Marathon from the perspective of Desi, her husband Ryan, her coaches, Shalane, Molly, and others.
Is the Post Marathon Cold a Myth?
“How Strenuous Exercise Affects Our Immune System” by Gretchen Reynolds for the New York Times examines the science behind immune suppression and marathons. It’s a truly interesting article, especially since I have and know many who have come down with a case of the sniffles after running a marathon.
Sorting out Sports Supplements
Some sports supplements are simply a waste of cash – but a few do actually work. Alex Hutchinson examines sports supplements that actually work and how to use them prudently in this article. Caffeine (in the form of coffee) and beet juice are the two supplements I’ll use before a race – otherwise, I’m not a huge fan of pre-workout mixes or other supplements.
This week is my half marathon and I’m really excited. Several of my athletes are running the same race as well, so it will be fun to cheer them on as well as push myself to my limits and see how these past several weeks of training pay off.
Do you use any special supplements before a race?
Have you ever had a post-race cold?
Are you racing this weekend?