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Unique Business Strategy: The BRU Method

Aug 14, 2013 | 3 Comments

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 […]

Your Perspective is Wrong: The Reason to Experience New Things

Mar 18, 2013 | 7 Comments

My last post on our temporary poverty situation led to reflection on a variety of things related to my experiences over the last few years. I’ve noticed a pretty distinct pattern, which is probably related to my serial hobbyist nature:

It’s nearly impossible to have a remotely accurate perception on any experience until you’ve been immersed in it for some time.

This idea manifests itself like this-

I try something new.
I glorify the experience, then write […]

Embracing Poverty

Mar 17, 2013 | 8 Comments

The last two months or so have been an interesting experience. Due to a lot of miscalculations, we’ve been rather poor lately. It’s a strange twist to our hobo adventures in that we’ve been able to look at our situation with a degree of objectivity without falling into a serious panic. It’s taught us a great deal about ourselves and others that may be in a similar situation.

So how did we slip into poverty?

It […]

New Year’s Resolution: Change the World

Dec 26, 2012 | 5 Comments

The end of the year always brings about the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. As you can probably tell by the tone of my last few posts here and over at The Sexpressionists, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Our traveling journey over the previous year and a half resulted in a ton of amazing experiences and some great personal growth. We’re enjoying our “down” time right now, but […]

First BRUcrew Workout This Thursday!

Nov 27, 2012 | One Comment

After several delays, I’m finally ready to begin the BRUcrew workout group! The process of getting settled in San Diego took longer than expected, and the Chile trip took some preparation. All that has passed, and I’m ready to begin!

The first group will meet this Thursday (November 29th) at 5:30am at Los Penasquitos Park in San Diego. This workout will be completely free; I’m working out the logistics of the workout group. I was originally only […]

Trip to Chile: Quick Recap of an Amazing Experience

Nov 26, 2012 | 4 Comments

I spent the last few days with the Merrell Chile team, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I’ll be writing a full recap in the days to come, including a recap of the Bareform clinic I held, our run in the Andes, and our Crossfit clinic. Here’s a recap video:


Jason Robillard en Chile from Alejandro Briones on Vimeo.

Shelly and I have kicked around the idea of living outside the US […]

The BRUcrew Tribe: Fitness for Those That March to ther Beat of a Different Drum

Nov 1, 2012 | One Comment

Over the last few years, I’ve had a dream of starting a fitness group that was loosely based on the idea of an ultramarathon training group, but incorporated other elements like weight training, speed work, hill repeats, running form coaching, and ultra-specific situational training. I wanted the group to be based on outdoor fitness (because being inside sucks). I wanted the location, dates, and times to be flexible. I wanted the group to be populated by hard working […]

Last Minute Grindstone Preparation, Clinic in North Carolina!

Oct 4, 2012 | 3 Comments

I’ll be starting the Grindstone 100 miler tomorrow evening at 6pm in Swoope, Virginia. It’ll be my second attempt at the race after DNFing last year. My preparation has improved dramatically. Last year, my training went something like this:

I ran Western States toward the end of June. My lone run over 12 miles was a road marathon the week before Grindstone (Freedom’s Run in West Virginia). My average weekly mileage rarely surpassed 20 miles.
I didn’t run any technical […]