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Hundred Mile Training Versus Mixed Martial Arts Training: Which is Tougher?

Sep 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Hey look, Jason isn’t dead! Yes, I know this is my first post in almost four months, but the lack of running makes it tricky to write about… well, running. However, a reader that also follows me on Facebook asked an intriguing question a few days ago: Having experienced both hundred mile training and MMA training, how do they compare? Which one is more difficult?

For the last seventeen months or so, Shelly and I Read More...

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 in 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), then 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...