* I thought that Japan was the main source of strangely interesting athletic events, like the inspiration for “American Ninja Warrior,” but it turns out the UK is a competitor in that department. Check out the Sumo Suit Athletics World Championship. Ever wonder what it’d be like if sumo wrestlers tried track and field events? Wonder no more – here, the competitors wear inflatable sumo suits and then take part in the 100 meter dash, shot put, high jump(!), long jump, and 400 meter sprint.
* Say you just ran five miles and want to know how many beers’ worth of calories you just burned. is there an app for that? Yes, there is.
* Runner’s World‘s list of 41 superfoods to help runners: tl;dr = eat lots of fruits and vegetables, especially dark green ones. Seriously, it’s all fruits and vegetables. Not even the omega3 fatty acid-stuffed salmon….
* Is it wrong to use a watermarked race photo for social media (instead of buying a clean version)?
* Sometimes it’s hard to appreciate just how fast professional runners are. Consider that Alysia Montano ran a track meet when she was 34 weeks pregnant, and finished 800 meters in 2:32 (i.e., a 5:04 pace). I don’t think I can run two track laps in 2:32, and I’m not carrying a nearly full-term baby!
* Thinking about a combination GPS watch and fitness tracker? Here’s a good review of the Garmin Forerunner 15. tl;dr = “All that said, the Forerunner 15 covers most of the fitness-tracking basics, and costs about the same as a basic runner’s watch.”