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Jason’s New Book Sample: Must Have Been Another Earthquake, Kids

Jun 1, 2014 | No Comments

I recently finished my latest book “Must Have Been Another Earthquake, Kids: A Short, Honest Guide to Full-Time RV Living with Kids.” I had to work out a few kinks with Amazon distribution, but the print version and Kindle version are both live.

What’s the book about?

After three years of living in an RV with our three children, Shelly and I wanted to share our experiences. We had a lot of Read More...

Barefoot Running: The World’s Worst Gateway Drug?

May 24, 2014 | No Comments

I distinctly remember the day before I discovered barefoot running. I was searching the Internet looking for building plans. Specifically, I was looking for green building technologies to incorporate into the dream house Shelly and I were going to build in the following years on our plot of land in Allendale, Michigan. We were eager to get it started so we’d have it paid off before we retired from our jobs as high school teachers.

The scenario Read More...

Sharing Failure: Combating the “Perfect Life” Culture

Feb 10, 2014 | 6 Comments

Last weekend, I participated in a local Brazilian jiu jitsu tournament. My division, 180 pound blue belt masters (dudes over 30), consisted of eight people. It was a double-elimination tournament. If you lost once, you dropped down to the “loser’s bracket.” If you lost a second time, you were out.

I lost both matches.

The second match ended with me being choked unconscious, which isn’t entirely uncommon in jiu jitsu. Under normal circumstances (i.e.- training), I would Read More...

Losing Sucks, but it’s a Great Motivator

Feb 4, 2014 | No Comments

This past weekend, Shelly and I entered a local Brazilian jiu jitsu (bjj) tournament. She did really well, placing second in her division. It was a proud moment for me. She overcame her fears of getting out on the at and came out victorious.

Me? Not so much. I lost both matches to bring my overall competition record to 0-4. I lost the first match via points, and was choked out n the second. Read More...

Yiannis Kouros Rant from 2013 Across the Years Six Day Race

Jan 8, 2014 | One Comment

Because the Internet is forever.

Notes and experiances from the 6-day race

January 5, 2014 at 9:16pm

First of all we would like to thank Laura and Garry Jeanson for their warm hospitality prion to the race and Michael and Kimberley Miller (who also took part in the 72h race) for their warm hospitality after the race! We owe them great gratitude.

On the last couple of weeks of his preparation Yiannis Kouros got a flu during a training Read More...

Quick 2013 Recap, 2014 Preview… Including New Trail and Ultra Book

Dec 22, 2013 | One Comment

This past year was a significant deviation from our previous few years. Here’s a quick and dirty review:

We semi-settled down in the San Diego area,
We ran a total of one race this year, the San Diego Trail Marathon, which I DNFed at the 26 mile, 384 yard mark.
We had a bout of abject poverty, which was both humbling and eye-opening. Thankfully it didn’t last long.
I worked for UPS as a seasonal worker (actually last holiday season), Read More...

Sometimes You’re the Hammer; Sometimes You’re the Nail

Nov 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

Sometimes things go our way and we feel as though we’re on top of the world and have this whole “life” thing figured out. Other times we’re mired in negativity, convinced we’re complete failures. This spectrum of experience plays out day after day as we venture through life. This roller coaster  plays out in our relationships, our careers, and even our hobbies. The highs are great; there’s little discussion needed. The lows, however, can be crippling. How do Read More...

Before We Were Born to Run, We Were Born to Fight

Nov 11, 2013 | 11 Comments

Are we born to fight?

This question has popped up repeatedly over the last few days. I started with a horribly biased DailyMail story about kids mma that got A LOT of people riled up. My Facebook friends and I had some excellent discussions, which led to an unanswered question- why do people have the drive to fight?

The responses were divided into to broad categories: Those that actually did a combat sport (wrestling, karate, mma, Read More...

New Goals; New Adventures

Nov 10, 2013 | One Comment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been contemplating new goals. I haven’t really had too many goals over the last few years; I’ve just enjoyed flowing through life. I feels like it’s about time to get some direction. The following are the goals I’m considering for 2014 but haven’t made a firm commitment:

1. Run another benji (100 miler.) It’s been a year since I ran my last ultra, and I miss it enough to seriously consider Read More...

Book Review: “Got to Live” by Jay Danek

Nov 8, 2013 | No Comments

Many months ago, Jay sent me a copy of his ultraruning book “Got to Live.” Given that I more or less stopped running, I never quite got around to writing the review. Honestly, I had forgotten about it until I started the tentative planning for a benji [my new favorite term for hundred milers] next year.

Anyway, Jay’s book was released at a great time. There aren’t too many ultra books on the market, and the Read More...

Some Thoughts on the Decision to Embrace Atheism

Nov 1, 2013 | 25 Comments

Atheism and religion are topics that frequently pop up in social media. Personally, I love discussing the topic. My friend Chad posted an audio clip about why college students choose atheism. While I think the speaker was pretty accurate regarding the specific group of college kids, the podcast really can’t be generalized to all atheists. The podcast did cause me to pause and reflect on my own decisions that led to atheism, most of which are common Read More...

Eat Bacon and Get an STD

Oct 28, 2013 | 4 Comments

Earlier today, a friend on Facebook tagged me in an old Competitor article discussing the risk of long-distance running. I’m intentionally not linking the article because, quite frankly, it pisses me off. It’s not that I don’t care about heart health… I really do. My father died of a heart attack at an all-too-young age. I take this shit seriously. However…

As a society, we’ve come to believe that we can seemingly live forever if only Read More...

Getting Back Into the Game: The Hows and Whys of Considering a Hundred Miler

Oct 27, 2013 | 4 Comments

It’s been a long time since I considered running an ultra. It’s been about a year, actually. I had recently finished Grindstone and was “preparing” to run Chimera. Somewhere between those two events, I lost all desire to run. It was perplexing, but wasn’t especially stressful. It’s given me a significant amount of time to reflect on my running “career.”

A series of events have conspired to reignited the desire to run an ultra, including:

I miss the Read More...

Women: Shut the Fuck Up. Seriously.

Oct 11, 2013 | 5 Comments

While perusing my Facebook news feed, I came across a blog post several friends had posted. The gist- a whiny dude was ranting about an interaction he had where he defended his wife, who happened to be a stay-at-home mom. At the time of writing, the post had received close to five thousand comments.

Five thousand.

News stories from world news organizations covering genocide don’t get that many comments.

That seems a little fucked Read More...

How Does a Dog Guy Become a Cat Guy?

Oct 3, 2013 | 7 Comments

Back in the day, I loved dogs. I’ve had dogs throughout my entire life. I had some male, some female, all of different breeds. Dogs served as my outfielder in Little League, my hunting companion during squirrel season (yes, the Squirrel Wipe book wasn’t my first squirrel exposure), and my running partner when I first dabbled in the hobby. The most useful thing I did with my psychology degree was dog training.

Cats… they were a Read More...

“Crossfit Can Be Dangerous?!?” Further Evidence People Can Be Really Fucking Clueless

Sep 24, 2013 | 8 Comments

Over the last few days, this article has popped up several times on my Facebook news feed. A quick synopsis for lazy folks: The extreme nature of some Crossfit workouts coupled with a culture of pushing the body to the extreme can put people at danger of rhabdomyolysis (a potentially fatal condition where destroyed muscle cells clog the kidneys.)

After reading lots of comments, I couldn’t help but come to the realization that the general population is Read More...

Are Huaraches Overrated?

Sep 23, 2013 | 30 Comments

Back in the day, quite a few of us used huaraches as our primary running shoe. The other minimal options were piss-poor at best- racing flats, the first generation of Five Fingers, aqua socks, and bare feet. Racing flats were too narrow, VFFs had a peculiar fit that couldn’t accommodate swelling, aqua socks were too floppy, and bare feet suck for real trail running.

Huaraches were a revelation because they allowed a custom fit. That versatility made Read More...

The Art of Ass-Oogling: An Essential Runner Skill

Sep 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Let’s pretend she’s barefoot…

How many times have you been in a situation where you see a fellow runner with a spectacular ass and you want to stare at it long enough to commit it to memory? Male or female, odds are good you’ve been in this situation. Shit, this was a major reason I spent so many years dong this stupid sport!

Those of you that know me are probably thinking “Wow, that’s a douchey thing Read More...

Ultrarunners: Where Do We Draw the Line on Performance-Enhancements?

Sep 3, 2013 | 9 Comments

Ultras are one of the most physically-demanding sports in existence. We push our bodies to the absolute limit… then we push some more. Sleep deprivation, hyper and hypothermia, destruction of muscle tissue, extreme stressing of the endocrine and immune system… it’s all part of the game. Under these extreme conditions, the line between success and failure is minuscule. We continually experiment to find the tiniest edge to help us reach the finish line… which may steer us into Read More...

Choosing Safe and Easy or Exciting and Difficult?

Aug 27, 2013 | 5 Comments

My life came to a small crossroad over the last two weeks. Our three children went back to school after a too-long summer break (I pretended to be a stay-at-home-dad for a few months.) That brought me to a choice- do I take a full-time job at the company I’ve been working for since January, or do I focus on writing, starting a running class, and doing freelance social media consulting?

It’s a classic “traditional” versus Read More...

Don’t be a SEO Spammer Douche. Generate Traffic by Building an Audience

Aug 22, 2013 | One Comment

I received an email from a fellow webmaster today. It was a request to remove a link from my “Barefoot Chronicles” blog (the predecessor to BRU.) At first, I was confused by the request. The link was directed to a random shoe store in the UK. I don’t link to random stores.

Ever.

If there’s a link on my sites, even advertising, it’s from a source I know and respect. For example, the Luna ad that’s Read More...

Shorts Over Tights: We Need a Constitutional Amendment Banning the Practice

Aug 15, 2013 | 11 Comments

I’ve been experiencing a bit of writer’s block lately. In an effort to get out of the funk, I asked my Facebook friends to give me some topics that might be interesting. There were many good submissions, but one elicited an immediate emotional response:

Runners that wear running shorts over tights.

Or “shtights”, if you will.

Thank you Cesar Torres! I’ve been wanting to rant about this topic for some time.

THIS Read More...

Unique Business Strategy: The BRU Method

Aug 14, 2013 | 3 Comments

Over the last few months, I’ve been a stay-at-home dad. The “opportunity” (quotes intentional because I want to kill my children) has given me a fair amount of free time. During that time, I’ve connected with a few small business owners online and in person.

Invariably, the topic of marketing comes up. I’ve had a moderate degree of success with Barefoot Running University mostly because of the way I’ve marketed it. Through books, consulting, coaching, and ad Read More...

Why Ultrarunners are Badasses

Aug 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

The term “gameness” is used to describe hunting and fighting dogs. Wikipedia defines gameness as:

“…eagerness despite the threat of substantive injury. Dogs displaying this trait can also be described as persevering, ready and willing, full of fight, spirited, or plucky.” 

It’s a desirable trait selectively bred in some breeds, especially terriers. As hunting dogs, this trait drives the dog to hunt no matter how much suffering it experiences… to the point of death. This isn’t a Read More...

Is Paranoia Ruining Your Life? Maybe GMOs are Delicious

Aug 7, 2013 | 9 Comments

Do you worry about the food you eat? Do you worry about the composition,the origin, or the effects it may have on your health? Do you REALLY worry about this to the point where the anxiety interferes with your day-to-day existence?

That used to be me.

Over the last few years, I’ve made an important change in how I live my life:

I no longer worry about stupid shit.

A major element of this Read More...