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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...

Ultrarunners Boost Endurance by Slowing Metabolism: The Skinny Fat Phenomenon

Aug 2, 2013 | 5 Comments

Ugly asses win races

I’m a huge fan of exploring unorthodox solutions to common problems. As a society, we have a tendency to develop an “idea fixedness” where we find a single, supposedly logical solution to a problem, then stop looking for better solutions. This causes us to miss a lot of really obvious answers to common problems. Usually the best method of finding unconventional solutions is self-experimentation.

In fact, the idea of self-experimentation to solve problems Read More...

Running for Conditioning: Back on the Horse… Sort Of

Jul 26, 2013 | 3 Comments

My cardiovascular conditioning has been on a steady decline since Grindstone last October. It wouldn’t normally be a concern as I don’t plan on running any races in the near future, but the lack of cardiovascular fitness is beginning to affect jiu jitsu and boxing training. I’m planning on entering a local tournament in October, so it might be a good idea to do some sort of cardio training. If I spar for more than about 10 minutes, Read More...

The Art of Trolling: How to Make Facebook a Shit-Ton More Interesting

Jul 12, 2013 | 8 Comments

Social media can be a fun way to stay in touch with friends or relatives, make plans for the evening, showcase pictures of your pets, children, or bicycle, or share bat-shit crazy conspiracy theories.

It can also be a source of endless amusement for trolls. Or those that like to feed the trolls.

Before we approach the finer points of trolling, we need a proper operational definition for a “troll.” For that, we’ll rely on THE Read More...

A Runner’s Guide to Posting Facebook Pictures

Jul 9, 2013 | No Comments

Adam Chase, trail editor for Running Times and author of  The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, posted an intriguing question on Facebook:

Assuming a stunning background in both shots, which trail running image resonates with you more: (a) athlete looking determined and working hard; or (b) athlete jumping in the air with arms waving and tongue stuck out of mouth?

The vast majority of my Facebook friends are runners; most of which post running-related pictures. Adam’s question Read More...

Do We Have a Drive to Face Our Fears?

Jul 9, 2013 | 2 Comments

Fear- it’s an emotion we normally go to great lengths to avoid. We do our best to rearrange our environment to avoid fear. We’re creatures of comfort. Even when we journey outside our comfort zone, we do everything in our power to maintain some semblance of safety and predictability.

When I started the BRUcrew Facebook group, the idea was simple- set up a series of “challenges” that would push us outside our comfort zones. The goal Read More...

Black Belts and Silver Buckles: Neither Will Make Your Problems Disappear

Jul 5, 2013 | 3 Comments

Yesterday’s drunken, rambling post could use a little explanation. It was written after a confluence of events, which included:

Reading a middle-of-the-pack ultrarunner’s blog. This runner was aggrandizing their latest ultra finish even though they had finished longer/ more difficult races AND their effort was rather pedestrian. In the process, they hinted that their accomplishment was far above and beyond what others were capable of accomplishing. In other words, they were adopting “I’m special because I did this” Read More...

Ultrarunning: Ultimate Expression of Human Capacity, or Just a High Tolerance for Boredom?

Jul 4, 2013 | 7 Comments

Ultrarunning involves running for a really long time. It’s tough. Not everyone has the fortitude to do it. But is it really the grand experience some make it out to be?

Back when I first became interested in ultras, the sheer magnitude of running those incredible distances seemed super-human. Indeed, the first few years were tough. With each new distance, I was faced with extremely difficult hurdles. I eventually overcame those hurdles. It felt good. I’m proud Read More...