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READING – the best way to learn 

I love writing, but my love of writing first stems from the love of reading that my parents encouraged in me from a young age. Reading, books, articles, magazines, anything that I could pick up to add to my knowledge of the world. 

Recently, my time has been taken up with reading for work and I haven’t had a chance to read for pleasure, for learning anything other than things related to my course. However, I’m home for the summer now and @therunningprincess has motivated me to read more articles and discussions about fitness and running, so I can learn even more about what I blog about! 

She has a regular Friday Finds post, where she collates a few articles from the week which she enjoyed. This week’s article can be found here: http://wp.me/p1LuL4-1IN 😊
For my articles, I’ve picked a few topical posts and a couple more informative posts to explain more about my training and my diet.

1) THE PALEO DIET, from Nerd fitness

https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/the-beginners-guide-to-the-paleo-diet/
This article is the best explanation I can find for the Paleo Diet, and the blog is one of the best resources which I go back to all the time for more advice. All of the articles are backed by scientific studies and are thoroughly explained, which really appeals to my rational mind!

2) THE INJURED RUNNER, The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2017/jul/12/the-loneliness-of-the-injured-runner/

This great account explores the feelings of the author after he learnt to define himself as a runner… Then stopped being able to run. This is something I’ve suffered from in the past, and is something that I’m still nervous about, as I wouldn’t know how to identify myself without my fitness and my running.

3) SPEED WORK, THE LONG RUN, The Guardian

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/2015/mar/04/marathon-training-at-what-pace-should-you-do-your-long-runs
This is an old-ish article, but a very good one for thinking about how to calculate long run timings. It raises a lot of issues with previously held theories, and discusses some of the ways that trainers set certain times and paces for runs. I’ve never trained with a trainer, but I would be very interested to see what difference it would make to my training methods and pacing!

4) RULES AND WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT, The Science of Running

http://www.scienceofrunning.com/2017/04/why-rules-matter-even-if-we-hate-them.html
I stumbled across this website very recently, and have been busy exploring all of the articles and recommended reading. The idea that struck me here was simple – that we can do (and will do) anything if there is a rule constructed that forces us to do it. In some ways, this can be used for good (for example when we create training rules), but this is also where sides can be drawn and actions dictated in more general life.

5) TURNING BACK THE CLOCK, Umberto Eco

Not an article, and slightly unrelated, but my book of the week has been Umberto Eco and his discussion of the media, foreign policy and war. Although I’m not studying at the moment, I have still been reading policy and popular thought, and this book is a collection of speeches, essays and articles written between 2001 and 2007. 

I hope you enjoyed checking out my recommended articles, and please link me any articles you’ve found particularly interesting this week in the comments! Don’t forget to drop me a follow on here or Instagram if you want to be notified whenever I next publish a post 😊

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