Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years to the day since I last reviewed a minimalist shoe. Well, it’s not that hard to believe considering I more or less stopped running and live in a climate that allows flip-flops to be worn 365 days per year. Anyway, Steven Sashen of Xero Shoes recently reached out to me about reviewing their new closed-toe shoe – the Hana. Since I’ve been looking to upgrade my wardrobe […]
New Book: Taking the Weirdness of Barefoot Running and Ultramarathons and Applying it to Sex and Relationships!
I’m excited to announce the release of my latest book, No-Bone Zone: The Ins and Outs of Curing Long-Term Relationship Boredom. This book has been in conceptual development since my days as an undergraduate psychology student studying to be a human sexuality researcher, but became a realized dream about six months ago. Like The Barefoot Running Book, Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel, Must Have Been Another Earthquake, Kids (a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
In response to my last post, Dave, a Canadian friend, noted most of the barefoot/minimalist bloggers seem to have disappeared. He mentioned Pete Larson’s most recent post discussing the secret to success as a running blogger. Pete makes a lot of great points that helps explain why so many barefoot bloggers, many of which are close friends, have seemingly disappeared.
Pete’s most relevant point hit the nail on the head- bloggers need passion.
Writing post […]