Been getting out on the local trails this week, focusing on bringing up my basic cruzing speed by running "fast" 10K loops. It is really fun to fly through the forest at a good clip with the trees passing by in an almost blurred wall, lungs pushing hard, and the mind focused on moving fast. Really, a very different running experience then a long day in the mountains!
On another note, there has been a fair bit of talk on the internet about Dr. Noaks new book Waterlogged. I have not had the chance to read the book yet, but there have been several good articles and reviews, as well as an interview podcast on the book and topic that I thought I would pass along. Noaks hinted at his ideas in his now classic The Lore of Running, which as he summarizes in Waterlogged are basically:
- Drink only to thirst, not on a time schedule.
- Drinking does not prevent heat illness.
- Ingesting salt is unnecessary in ultras and trail races.
- Urine frequency or color has nothing to do with hydration or kidney function.
So here is a roundup of the reviews, articles, and podcasts on the book:
- By far the best and most comprehensive is the article by Joe Uhan on iRunFar. Really well done, with clear explanations. The comments are also very informative.
- The next good review comes from the Jill Will Run blog. Again, a nice presentation with some photos of highlighted pages from the book.
- The Outside Blog has an excellent review and partial interview with Noaks on the subject that is very informative.
- Finally, Ben Green Fitness has a review and podcast that you can download with an interview with Dr. Noaks on the book.
Finally, here is a video of Dr. Noaks giving a Ted talk in South Africa that is also informative.