World record-holder Katie Spotz to run Ohio to Erie Trail to fund clean water projects in Uganda
When Katie Spotz runs, she thinks of everything and nothing all at once. She scans her body as she bounds forward. Is she breathing deeply from her belly? Is her posture straight? Is she hydrated and nourished enough? Is she comfortable? Chaffing? The questions flow through the back of her mind with each step she takes.
All the while she stays laser-focused on her feet. They hit the ground one after the other, keeping pace as nature scenes and passersby whir past in her periphery. Her head stays clear. The first 10 minutes of a run are always the hardest, she said, but once she starts, finishing becomes that much easier.
“I always thought that you need to be motivated to start, and now I think that starting is what makes you feel motivated to continue,” she said. “Motivation happens because of movement, not because of stagnation.”
Last September, Spotz ran 138 miles across Maine, where she currently lives, becoming the first person to ever complete the trek. A month before that, she became the first woman to run nonstop across Vermont, traveling 74 miles in 13 hours. And two months before that, she became the first woman to run 62 miles nonstop through New Hampshire, finishing in just over 11 hours.
May 8, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan