The Sunday Summary – Part 6

Whether it’s been freezing and icy or just blustery, I hope you’ve managed to fit something fun into your weekend, whether that’s donning the trail shoes for a snowy run, or setting up the pain cave for a long turbo session! Either way, you’ve earned some time on the sofa to recover, so settle in and have a little read of this list of awesome things I’ve been reading lately (bring snacks. You could be here a while.)

  • Unusually for me, this link is a free PDF to download and read rather than a blog post, but it’s 100% worth the effort. It’s called Fuck Calories and it’s truly brilliant. Go onnnnnn. (Cheers Fiona for the heads up on this one!)
  • For many people, running long distances is about escaping from the stresses of everyday life and enjoying being ‘in the moment’ outdoors, and Jez Bragg (ultra runner extraordinaire) wrote a great piece on this
  • If like me, you believe in gender equality in sport, then this post from pro cyclocross badass Helen Wyman might just make your blood boil a little….
  • I’ve done a Q&A with her before, but superstar triathlete & potentially hardest grafter in Yorkshire, Suzie Richards, has done a great post crammed with common sense and some great ideas for winter training, as well as some very exciting news about her 2015 race calendar…
  • Autumn has once again been squeezing in some cracking writing between her speedy marathon training, and has this time written an ace post about the pitfalls of Strava and the like, and how it’s more important just to follow your own path with training.
  • Personally, I am absolutely awful at downhill running, so these tips from one of the Team inov-8 athletes are going straight into my training for the Snowdonia Marathon in October.
  • I’ve said it all along, but it’s interesting to read an article from Vulpine founder Nick Hussey about why the ‘shrink it and pink it’ model is a really bad way to sell things to women in sport.

6 thoughts on “The Sunday Summary – Part 6

  1. Susanna

    I’m interested to know what you thought of some bits of ‘Fuck Calories’. I thought it started out so well: calories aren’t important, nutrition isn’t as complicated as you think, eat mindfully etc. – so far so good. But then I thought it jumped the shark somewhat when the author recommended that everyone should try giving up gluten/other grains (p.16) and advocated only eating two meals a day (p.23). I’m not asking from a hostile point of view, I’m just genuinely curious as to what you think, given some things you have written in the past and your medical background.

    1. Sarah Marsden Post author

      This is a very interesting comment- and I agree- I really liked the largely sensible starting points, where it talked about not jumping on bandwagons and stuff. I liked that it advocated a ‘see how you get on and how you feel’ approach to things like grains, rather than wholly demonising them, but I was a little disappointed to see talk of giving up food groups sneak in at all!

  2. Susanna

    Yeah I agree the overall message of it was good. I liked the tough love stuff nearer the end about fixing your relationship with food and the ‘no-one is coming to save you’ message. Although, saying that, there is something a teensy bit ironic about the author working as a nutritionist and getting paid to tell people how to eat when her message is that nutrition needn’t be complicated and it’s all down to you, no-one is going to help you. However, I recognise that if you follow that argument through it’s hard to justify anyone making any money out of anything! It’s just an observation, and I am keenly aware that this is a free e-book, not some bestseller making millions, so they are hardly exploiting the market for all it’s worth.

    I guess I just get disappointed when I am reading something thinking ‘Fuck yeah! I agree with all these things, this is amazing!’ only to find that later on it heads down a more diet-cult-type road that I’m at odds with; I suppose that’s the power of good writing that you can feel drawn in enough by what someone’s saying that you then feel betrayed (strong word) when you realise you aren’t quite on the same wavelength.

    Overall though, I thought it had a good message!


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