It’s been a long time since I did one of these posts, which means this is a long list. So grab your beverage of choice and settle in for some good reads.
Yes, you should filter your water in the backcountry. This article breaks down the problems with the argument against filtering – because yes, some people actually argue that.
Map and compass navigation basics. I admit I need to brush up on this.
Running & fitness
If you’ve heard that caffeine makes you faster, but it actually seems to make you slower….you might be a slow caffeine metabolizer. This also seems to have effects beyond running.
Get faster all the time by running fast sometimes: how to incorporate speed endurance training, which you’re probably more familiar with under the guise of strides and hill sprints.
Do Epsom salts really speed recovery? (Sorry, no.)
Should runners take collagen? (Also no, for most people.)
Are we all contaminated with chemical toxins? (No, and “detoxes” meant to flush them out…don’t. At best.)
You really don’t want to “boost” your immune system. (A constantly boosted immune system is a chronic illness.)
Ugh, the essential oil craze has infiltrated ambulances now. (I’m highly sensitive to smells and allergic to some of the most common essential oils, so….this terrifies me a bit.)
The psychological quirks that make us all bad at fact checking.
A flowchart on where to put the apostrophe (or not).
What’s the best thing you’ve read recently? On or off the internet.