Running and research: a metaphor

A great piece on the parallels between running and research over at Katy Kennedy’s blog – The Affect of Exercise.

The Affect of Exercise

One of my favourite running books One of my favourite running books

The demi-goddess Inge Mewburn over at The Thesis Whisperer recently posted a blog about how ‘thesis prison’ was similar to running: (http://thesiswhisperer.com/2015/02/25/thesis-prison/). Whilst I bow to Inge’s superior knowledge on all matters research-related, it strikes me that she is perhaps too new to running to appreciate some of the more positive aspects which make running distinctly un-prisonlike. So I thought I’d do a quick blog pointing out some of the parallels between running and research from the perspective of someone who has been running for a bit longer.

The majority of my non-PhD time is spent acting as an unpaid, unappreciated slave to my family, aka being a wife and mother. The thing which ticks me off most about this is the complete lack of concrete outcomes. You clean the kitchen, it instantly and magically dirties itself. You buy or make bread, it…

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