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Five Must Read Articles About Humanity

I covered my current interests yesterday, so today I wanted to call your attention to five articles about humanity that truly are must reads. A different kind of link love for today.

Big ups to our new Friday Five hostesses, Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy (good luck this weekend!) and to Heather for Friday Favorites!

Yes, good luck to all running Marine Corps Marathon this weekend! My first marathon, my favorite marathon experience, and a life changing event for me. (Recap here!)

I’m doing something a little different today. Back in the beginning months of my blog, I would do Friday Favorites not unlike today, but I often would include links to favorite posts or even other favorite bloggers. Today, I am going back to that in a sense, but instead I wanted to call out 5 articles that I came across just yesterday that stopped me in my tracks. You all got plenty of favorites out of me yesterday (as I write this, I am eating Arctic Zero Cookie Dough with Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch on top of it. I am not lying.). I just feel that these articles are too important to let slide by. So, without further ado:

Five Must Read Articles About Humans and Humanity

1) Meet Lizzie Velasquez

This video stopped me in my tracks. First, because of her appearance–she is eye catching, and I hope to goodness that is not taken disrespectfully. Rather, it is simply the fact of her condition. I don’t always watch videos, but I had to know more about her. And I am so glad that I did. Lizzie and her message embody the true meaning of beauty. Take the 5 minutes to listen to her story and her message. She will change the way that you see the world and the people around you.

2) An Open Letter To Men From Female Runners

Dorothy Beal is a fantastic voice for women, for runners, and for the female runner. To this point, I have been relatively lucky with my interactions with others while I have been running–a surprise when you consider that I have done the vast majority of my running in Chicago and Manhattan. But I continue to hear about and see reports of harassment, threats, and general feelings of unease experienced by fellow female runners, and even by certain male runners. I know that this is not a new problem. But does it need to be a “given” in our world?

3) Slower Runners: Your Marathon Times Matter, Too

I can’t tell you how many conversations I have had with clients, athletes, friends, and beyond who belittle themselves and their marathon times. Some say they aren’t runners, even. You know how I feel about that. And then, last week, I heard from a fellow coach that one of her athletes had been indirectly attacked and criticized regarding her marathon time in a very public forum by two people who a) were not runners and b) have no clue what they are talking about. A total Mean Girls episode, basically. First of all, that type of behavior is NEVER okay, and second, to that runner who poured her heart out and was so proud of her performance until that moment–your time matters. Your effort matters. YOU matter.

4) WGN Anchor takes Shots with 90 Year Old Cubs Fan 

You don’t have to be a Cubs fan (but if you are, you have excellent taste, my friend) to love this story. This is what loyalty, dedication, and an all-around awesome attitude looks like! This lady has seen the Cubs through thick and thin, the few ups and the tons of downs. And I hope I am as game to do a shot of Jagermeister as she is when I am ninety!

Misty Copeland as part of the NYC Dance Project and Art of Movement photo project.

5) Art of Movement

I love this story, and the results of the project, so very much: a dancer is injured and as a result, discovers a new way to connect to and express the art and sport that she loves so much. I love this quote from Misty Copeland, who was an integral part of the project, “Other people’s words are very powerful. You can’t let them define you. Take what you think is going to help you and don’t let it beat you down.”

And on that note, I wish you all a safe and happy Halloween weekend. Good luck to those running MCM and any other races!

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Tell me something beautiful, uplifting and funny, or otherwise to take into the weekend!

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