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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]