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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...