Getting out in inclement weather is good for your fitness goals—but it also boosts your mood, self-confidence, and vitality

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picture of runners legs, splashing on a wet road
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You are out, on your own, and you are running. Congratulations, you have, temporarily, embraced the power of running in the rain

Rain, and to a lesser extent cloudy skies, count among runner’s many enemies. Or if not enemies, at least, sources of discouragement. There is a clear pattern: when the sun shines and the weather is sweet, a runner’s motivation is high. But as the weather takes a turn, that motivation can flag.

The key is to realize the positive aspects of these rainy runs. I have gathered my experiences of years of running with hundreds of workout sessions done in the rain and compiled the best way to not only keep running in inclement weather, but to enjoy it. …


For as long as I can remember I never dreamed of running a marathon.

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For as long as I can remember I never dreamed of running a marathon. I know, pretty counter-intuitive with the title. The thing is, with a distance of 42.2 km a marathon is a massive effort. To realise its scale, I often think of a time I walked 5 km to meet a friend or reach a local business. That gentle walk through the city was a mix of noise, tension and heat. Imagine now doing this effort 8 times, without breaks and at a two-fold speed or even faster. The location could be different, the amount of heat, tension and noise too. It would still be a challenge and not everyone’s dream. …


These are the specific iPhone, Android, and social media settings that can help you regain your focus and your time.

Head picture of the article. Shows the word ‘FOCUS’ made of lightbulbs, and blurred on a black background.
Head picture of the article. Shows the word ‘FOCUS’ made of lightbulbs, and blurred on a black background.
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Attention is like a currency you agree to spend on people and content. Nowadays, we spend a lot of time on our phones, computers, social networks, and watching TV. But is that a bad thing? I’d not rush to say it is. Two questions to ask are: Who do you give your attention to? And what are you doing there?”

The Endless Scroll was a revolution on the internet. All of a sudden, we could not find the bottom of a page. You’d scroll, on and on, and be hit by new pieces of content every few pixels. …


A tale of pain, injury & dilemma

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A runner has got to run.

For he or she is built to run and only thrives when the kilometres add up.

But a runner also encounters pain.

The heels. The feet. The thighs. The hamstrings. The calves.

I forget some, do not blame me. Less is more, especially in the case of pain.

A runner excels at managing pain. The day-after soreness? A runner knows when it will be gone.

Running is two things: managing one’s energy, and one’s body. And nothing else.

Enters the unmanageable pain. The one which makes a runner reconsider things, his plan. The pain which makes him panic. The injury.


And 50,000 potentially infectious people missed by tracers and not told to self-isolate

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Missing Data

If you open an Excel file and scroll to the bottom (tip: CTRL + south arrow) you’ll find out it ends at 1,048,576. Not a single row more.

This limitation was blamed by Public Health England for the loss of 15,841 positive COVID test results, as reported by The Guardian¹. In turn, following the estimate that each non-complex case has 3 close contacts, it leads to at least 47,000 potentially infectious people not being informed and required to self-isolate, and potentially be traced. This figure can rise beyond 50,000 as it was reported² that a minority of the 15,841 missing positive cases were complex, i.e.


Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing

It answered promptly with valid arguments

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GPT-3 is out. If you follow what happens in the AI community, this should not be news. In case you need a reminder, the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) is a language model created by OpenAI which can produce human-like text. OpenAI has among its founders… you guessed it right: Elon Musk¹.

Now in recent years, in the world of Artificial Intelligence and all sub-fields orbiting around, the concept of impostor syndrome has started to surface. The term was first coined in 1978 by researchers Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes in their paper² “The Impostor Phenomenon in High Achieving Women”.

This syndrome can be defined…


A historical run and all you need to know about the race

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The 2020 London Marathon is going to be a one-of-a-kind event. While it usually boasts a 40,000 participants list, the 2020 edition will be an elite only race, with the mass participation cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic¹. We will witness a sort of Olympic rehearsal, before the real deal in Summer 2021 in Tokyo. The new route, the technology, the participants will hopefully lead to a memorable 2020 event.

The Route

The historical route will be abandoned this year. The first half of the race usually takes place south of the Thames River, crosses Tower Bridge, passes by the Tower of London, then Big Ben and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace. This year, given the circumstances and the restriction to elite racers only, the organizers opted for multiple laps around St James’s Park¹. A lap around the park is 2.2km. The runners will need to circle it 19.7 …


The CACE principle and why technical debt in ML is different

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Introduction

Technical debt. If those words have not provoked a shiver down your spine, you might be too novice, or you have entirely given up. In a recent paper¹, a team of Google researchers discuss the technical debt hiding in Machine Learning (ML) Systems.

ML allows us to build useful complex prediction systems quickly, but this does not come for free. The authors remark the technical debt framework can uncover massive ongoing maintenance costs in ML systems such as:

  • Boundary erosion,
  • Entanglement,
  • Hidden feedback loops,
  • Undeclared consumers,
  • Data dependencies,
  • Configuration issues,
  • Changes in the external world,
  • System-level anti-patterns

Developing and deploying ML is nowadays inexpensive, but there is another part to the equation: maintenance over time. This turns out to be difficult and expensive, and it gets worse if technical debt is left unchecked. …


We could simply not do without it

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NumPy. This library has become fundamental, it is hard to imagine a world without it, or before its birth. NumPy has been around since 2005, and if you ever worked with data in Python, you must have used it, one way or the other.

The library recently received the proper recognition it deserves. A paper¹ was published by a group of researchers, many active in maintaining and developing NumPy, in the renown scientific publication Nature. Within this paper, the authors review NumPy’s history, its main key features, its importance in today’s scientific community and discuss its future.

What Makes NumPy So Good?

NumPy has a syntax which is simultaneously compact, powerful and expressive. It allows users to manage data in vectors, matrices and higher dimensional arrays. Within those data structures, it allows users…


And suggestions to fix this once and for all

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We might have all been there. The whistle blows, and off we go. The legs start to move, the heart is pounding almost climbing up the throat in search of an exit. You get elbowed by someone or even run-over by a crowd. Such violence. From the first instant, you think:

Why is this happening to me? What have I done? Why am I even here?

We might have all been there. But except for one thing. We did not sign up for this.

If this sounds familiar, welcome aboard. Around the world, millions of people are at least at one point in time, involved in a running exercise. At first, it is with a kind and naive heart, almost candid, that we regroup to the starting line. …

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Maxime Godfroid

Tech & sports enthusiast | Avid runner | Also a data scientist. Follow me on Twitter @max_godfroid

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