Around the web: the weekend’s recommended reading

With the snow continuing to fall this week, TR has needed some serious motivation to get out and brave the freezing conditions. Luckily, we’ve had the following to spur us on…

Why Everyone Is Running a Half Marathon These Days – US magazine the Washingtonian investigates the motivations behind entering “the Usain Bolt of races”, particularly amongst women, as a recent report released by Running USA found that since 2000, the number of half-marathon finishers has increased by a whopping 284 per cent, making it the most popular race distance in the country. Last year saw a record 1.85 million finishers—60 percent of whom were female. (The Washingtonian)

Elle Magazine teams up with Nike to offer new 10k race series – Named “We Own The Night”, the first race will take place in London’s Victoria Park on Saturday 18th May, and promises a route filled with light, sound and the unexpected for a running experience like no other. The magazine is also offering weekly training sessions for new runners beginning next week. (Elle UK)

Barefoot running shoes review – The Guardian running blog runs its careful eye over the top barefoot running shoes available on the market right now, including The Adidas Motion, New Balance Minimus, and the old favourite, the Vibrams Five Fingers. Invaluable advice for anyone looking to make the first step into this field. (Guardian)

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