Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Photographing women in sports, Brigid Kosgei’s world record marathon and new blog content

WIRED talks the importance of photographing women in sports

Photo Credit:  Alana Paterson

Photo Credit: Alana Paterson

Although I’m discovering this article a few months late, it’s a good one! Wired Magazine takes a look at photographing female athletes with Canadian photographer Alana Paterson. The article explores the importance of portraying women in sports as a way to keep them involved and playing.

Check out the article here.

Run For The Toad 2019 & Sticks N’ Stones 2019 Blogs

I’ve been doing a bunch of racing recently, which means I’ve been writing about it too #writersgonnawrite.
Run For The Toad 2019 Race Review - Part I
Run For The Toad 2019 Race Review - Part II
My Inner Running Voice Is An Eight-Year-Old Having A Meltdown

Brigid Kosgei & The marathon world record you didn’t hear about this week

It’s been almost a week since Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2-hour marathon barrier—but some seriously crazy running records were ALSO broken last weekend. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds… and broke the world world record by doing it.

Kosgei smashed the previous record—set in 2003 by Paula Radcliffe—by 81 seconds.

"I wanted to be the second Kipchoge — the Kipchoge for women. I focused on that." - Brigid Kosgei to the New York Times

Read more about Kosgei’s record-breaking race.

Weekly Roundup: Adidas' "Now Is Her Time" campaign, the Queer Fitness Podcast and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the world's fastest mom

Adida’s new campaign “Now Is Her Time” is about female empowerment, diversity and… Pharrell Williams?

Source:  Adidas News

Source: Adidas News

Adidas just launched a new campaign embracing diversity and promoting equality with specific focus on women. “Now Is Her Time” is being praised for featuring a breastfeeding mother, a pregnant woman, artists, activists and more. It’s focused on empowering women… which is why Pharrell is at the center of it?

According to Adidas, “the campaign utilizes Pharrell’s platform to amplify the voices of women making waves across a number of issues and perspectives.” I have no idea how much of this campaign was masterminded by Pharrell but I’ll tip my hat to him for his ally-ship while I ogle the candy-coloured options available here.

Queer Fitness Podcast has officially launched


I’m always excited to see more queer-focused fitness content out in the world, and this week the inclusive sports gods have smiled down on us all with the launch of the brand new Queer Fitness Podcast! It’s an interview-style podcast that tackles all kind of topics about queer experiences with sports and fitness. (I’m already subscribed on Spotify!)

I can’t wait to hear more from other people in the queer community about their experiences with sports. Want to check it out for yourself? You’ll find QFP anywhere you get you podcasts! Don’t forget to follow the pod on Facebook and Instagram.

Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the world’s fastest woman—and a mom

Source:  Instagram

Source: Instagram


Thirty-two year old Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce just made history at the World Championships in Doha. She took the 100 meter at 10.71 seconds. The kicker? Shelly-Ann got to celebrate the moment with her two-year-old son Zyon which is testament to her unstoppable athleticism, the power of women, and also completely adorable.

You can read more about the new record here.

Weekly Roundup: Everlast features world’s first transgender boxer, how to find a size-friendly gym & more

Bustle calls for inclusion in body positive fitness spaces

Bustle wrote a great article detailing why it’s key for marginalized bodies, including fat people, queer folks and racialized people to be included in body positive fitness spaces. Sure, it sounds like a no brainer… But considering that body positivity began as a political movement and is now a marketing angle, it’s worth a read.

“The fitness industry has worked hard on making money off of making people feel badly about how they look.” - Lindsay Page, Founder of Radically Fit

Everlast features first professional male transgender boxer Patricio Manuel

Everlast’s new “Be First” campaign features a wide array of athletes, from 13-year-old Jesselyn Silva to Patricio Manuel, the first professional transgender male boxer on the books in history. Patricio shares his journey and struggle in a heartfelt video published by Everlast. Check it out below.

“It’s going to hurt. Living in your truth is going to hurt.” - Patricio Manuel

How to choose a size-inclusive gym

Self (one of the most forward-thinking health and fitness magazines in the game right now IMO) published a great list of things to look for when you’re looking for a gym or taking one for a spin with their free one-week trial. How can you tell if a membership with them is a good investment?

The article includes tips like looking for inclusive sizing if the gym has branded merch, or diverse bodies in both clientele and trainers/staff. You can find out more ways to find your size-positive gym here.

(Hint: You may also find something fun with the Superfit Hero’s Body Positive Fitness Finder.)

Weekly Roundup: The wellness aesthetic is bad for you, running tips from a 90-year-old dynamo, and how to cultivate toughness

The wellness aesthetic is making us sick

Instagram’s obsession with the “healthy” aesthetic is giving us a false picture of health and making us sick: Australian cardiothoracic surgeon Nikki Stamp says so. According to Stamp,“fitspo” causes unhealthy behaviours like restrictive dieting and over-exercising. She wrote her new book, Pretty Unhealthy after her doctor warned her about high blood pressure and her initial response was disbelief because she wears a size small.

Read the full article on Stamp’s analysis here.

“How can we possibly be healthy when all we’re trying to be is beautiful?” – Nikki Stamp

Running Advice 90-Year-Old Dynamo Nathaniel Finestone

Runner’s World profiled 90-year-old runner Nathaniel Finestone, who ran a 5k in 39:06 at the USTAF Championships in Atlanta. Finestone shared his five major tips for running, which include a hearty breakfast and listening to your body. (Love it!)

The real kicker is that Finestone didn’t begin running until he was 60.

Read his running advice here and get inspired.  

Cultivating Mental Toughness  

Sometimes life calls for softness, and sometimes you’re in the last 10KM of a marathon, your side is a cat’s cradle of stitches, your feet are throbbing, you’re traumatized by what you saw in the last port-a-potty and you need to summon every ounce of steel you’ve got and press on.  

Outside has collected some tips for how to cultivate toughness both in your chosen sport and your life, so when the going gets tough, it’s trying to keep up with you.

Read Outside’s tips for cultivating toughness.

Weekly Roundup: Nike's New Accessible Basketball Shoe, Plus-Size Yogi Jessamyn Stanley, And The Effects of Mouthwash on Your Workout

Nike Announces The Air Zoom UNVRS For Athletes Of All Abilities

Source: Nike News

Source: Nike News

Nike announced the launch of the Nike Air Zoom UNVRS, a basketball shoe designed with special features to make wearing possible for people of all ability levels. The Zoom UNVRS has “a magnetized heel that folds down and connects to the midsole. This function opens the shoe up so that it is quick and easy to put on and take off (wearers can efficiently slide the foot in and out with no hands) .” Also, it looks pretty cool.

According to DisabilityScoop, the shoe was designed with WNBA player Elena Delle Donne. Delle Donne helped develop the shoe with insight from her sister Lizzie, who has cerebral palsy, autism and is also deaf and blind. The shoe is part of Nike’s FlyEase line, which was originally developed after a 16-year-old boy with cerebral palsy wrote the company an open letter asking for a shoe he could put on independently.

Nike will launch the Nike Zoom UNVRS in November 2019.

Read the press release here.

Queery Interviews Jessamyn Stanley, Plus-Size Yogi & General Badass

ICMYI, Queerty did a great interview with author, yogi, body positive advocate and Instagram inspiration Jessamyn Stanley this week. Stanley shared her best “workout tip” (it’s not what you think), how yoga prepares her for everyday life, and why she recommends Bikram-style yoga to beginning practitioners.

They also asked her about her motivation for doing yoga and working out:

“I think of movement just like overall maintenance for the human body, the same you would do for car or your house. So for me, it’s helpful to think of as taking care of my body. So, what feels fun? What feels effortless?” - Jessamyn Stanley

Study Finds Using Mouthwash May Be Bad For Your Workout (What?)


Weird findings: a new study has shown that using mouthwash on the days you decide to get moving may keep the workout from lowering your blood pressure effectively.

From Study Finds: “Researchers say that mouthwash cut the blood pressure benefits of exercise by 60% over the first hour of recovery, completely negated any benefits when participants used mouthwash two hours after a workout.”

For more info, check out the article on Study Finds.

Weekly Roundup: Exercise Versus Alzheimer’s, a Transgender Athlete Study, and Run for the Toad Training Begins!

Working out can protect you from Alzheimer’s


I’m all about finding reasons to get moving that don’t have the underpinnings of diet culture attached—and research may have given us another one! Runner’s World and NewsMedical.net have both reported on a new study showing that getting your body moving even a little more each day can help prevent the buildup of plaque in the brain previously connected to Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers are looking into movement as a preventative treatment as well.
Check out the Runner’s World Article here.
Read about the research findings here.

Study launches to SEPARATE fact and fiction about transgender athletes

There’s a lot of bluster and misinformation being spread in the media about the so-called edge that transgender athletes (particularly female ones) have over their cisgender counterparts. The catch is just this: there haven’t been any large-scale definitive studies to prove the existence or nonexistence of such advantages.

Now, Canadian-born researcher Joanna Harper is set to lead a large study on transgender athletes, hopefully bringing today’s most heated debate in athletics truth over opinion. Read about the study on the Huffington Post.

“Until we have several of these larger-scale studies done worldwide, it’s hard to be truly definitive on anything.” - Joanna Harper, in interview with the CBC

Run for the Toad training begins!

Shameless self promotion: I’ve officially started training for my upcoming Run for the Toad 25K race coming up in October—and I’m writing some training blogs to keep track of the progress.

Read the first one here—where I’m a scarecrow made of sandbags, a mosquito pin cushion, and a true crime fan running alone in the woods.