Monthly Archives: August 2020

17 Training Myths, Addressed by a Running Coach

(Illustration: Brendan Leonard) Myth #3: What works for the fastest runners in the world should work for everyone. “Interpolation from outliers is a dangerous game, because what makes someone a gold medalist also makes them respond to stimuli differently. Background genetic realities are overlaid with environmental influences to create superhumans. Hard work matters, sure. But often […]

Project PR: The Personalized Recovery Study

The premise of this study is pretty simple: Whether you’re lacing up for the first time or you’re an experienced runner, you could be training smarter. How? By basing your workouts on how recovered you are. Just how much of an impact tailoring your training to your personalized recovery data can have is the goal […]

The Matador SEG42 Offers Unrivaled Gear Organization

Organization is my new obsession. These days I’m into storage bins, label makers, and color-coordinated folders. Maybe it’s a sign of my advancing age, or maybe I just crave a bit of structure in a hectic world full of uncertainty. But even without the global pandemic and shifting social norms, my life is crazy. I have kids. There […]

An Adaptive Athlete and Her Home Mountain

Born and raised in Jackson, Wyoming, Kira Brazinski has a great love for the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, and also works as a yoga instructor—even though Brazinski was born without a left leg, due to a rare birth defect, and uses a prosthetic leg to walk. Still, she continues to pursue ambitious athletic goals, like her childhood dream of climbing the iconic Grand Teton. In A Grand Journey, […]

See Some of the World’s Oldest Trees at Great Basin

62 Parks Traveler started with a simple goal: to visit every U.S. national park in one year. Avid backpacker and public-lands nerd Emily Pennington saved up, built out a tiny van to travel and live in, and hit the road. The parks as we know them are rapidly changing, and she wanted to see them before it’s too late. […]

Want Your Kids to Feel Safe? Let Them Build Forts.

In early April, as COVID-19 tightened its grip and schools and businesses shut down, I started noticing a curious trend around my home in Durango, Colorado: forts. Lean-tos, rock structures, and other shelters cobbled together from natural materials began sprouting up near trails and on public lands as if by magic. And like magic, the forts […]

This Man Cycled 2,700 Miles for People of Color

On August 3, 2019, Jonny Altrogge found himself hiding behind the counter of a sandwich shop in El Paso, Texas. Half a mile down the road, a man had just walked into a Walmart and murdered 23 people in an act of racial violence, spurred by a belief that white Americans were being “replaced” by […]

Brooklyn Bell on Why Inclusion in the Outdoors Matters

On the banks of the mighty Columbia River, the mountain-bike trails around the town of Hood River are some of the best in the state. From fast and flowy to chunky and epic, there’s something for every type of rider. Plus, it’s only five hours from Brooklyn Bell’s home in Bellingham, Washington. So this past […]

How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Athletic Performance

The current status of research on sex differences in sports science brings to mind a famous quote from a friend of Mark Twain’s named Charles Dudley Warner: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” The problems with taking decades of research on mostly male subjects and simply assuming that the conclusions […]