How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Athletic Performance

Plus, the Sports Bra Project

Good evening! Hope your week’s off to a strong start. I’m currently on week 2 of being a bunny household again. When I was little, I wanted a dog sooo badly, and due mostly to various allergy-related reasons, my family couldn’t get one. Instead, I got Thumper, a bunny who I walked on a leash, trained to come when called, and basically treated like a dog. He was the love of my childhood.

So when my partner’s nine-year-old asked for bunnies, you better believe we spent all day calling and driving all over New Mexico to find one. We found two, and named them Bob Dylan and Star. They’ve provided a nice, calm distraction during the wild ride of 2020.

Meet Bob Dylan

What I’m reading

How the Menstrual Cycle Affects Athletic Performance: After an exhaustive search of the literature, researchers conclude that, well, it's complicated. [Alex Hutchinson for Outside]

The Sports Bra Project Breaks Down Entry Barriers: By providing access to basic equipment, a not-for-profit is helping normalize women’s involvement in sports at every level. [Samantha Lewis for The Guardian]

For the Navajo Nation, a Fight for Better Food Gains New Urgency: As the pandemic has brought home the importance of the global movement for food sovereignty, members are planting and sharing. [Amelia Nierenberg for The New York Times]

This Yoga Co-Op Is Diversifying Teacher Training: Satya Yoga, the nation's first yoga teacher training program for people of color, is trying to change who's leading yoga classes—which will also affect who participates. [Raksha Vasudevan for Outside]

These People of Color Transformed U.S. National Parks: From Yosemite to Biscayne Bay, these hidden figures helped save natural wonders and historic places. [James Edward Mills for National Geographic]

Brie Larson Climbed Grand Teton with Jimmy Chin: Just watch the fun video!

‘Girls Running’

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Last but not least

Click to read the whole thread on Twitter. (It’ll be worth it.)