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Industrial Athletes and Minimalist Shoes: Can it Reduce Workplace Injuries?

Dec 22, 2012 | 3 Comments

Since Cyber Monday, I’ve been working for UPS helping to deliver packages. There are several reasons I took the seasonal job, some of which are related to running. I was in a bit of a funk and needed to take a break, but needed an activity to maintain my fitness level. Spending many hours five days a week running heavy boxes up and down apartment building stairs has certainly did the trick. I actually lost weight, got stronger, Read More...

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 Read More...

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 Read More...

Sleep Deprivation Ultramarathon Training

Oct 18, 2012 | 8 Comments

Doc Ott recently wrote a blog post about his strategy for ultra training. He essentially came up with a method that allows him to hit high mileage and still spend time with his family.

His methodology brought back not-so-fond memories of my early days as an ultrarunner. I was more or less in the same boat- I had a finite amount of time to train but needed to build an endurance base to handle the rigors Read More...

Thermoregulation and Running: A Cool Idea

Jul 14, 2012 | 29 Comments

The Evil Moisture Wicking Clothing?

In a previous post, I theorized about the role a moisture-wicking shirt played in three crappy runs over the last seven months or so. After reading your comments and doing a little research, my “ah-ha’ moment wasn’t quite so revolutionary. The conclusion is pretty obvious:

Moisture wicking clothing does more harm than good for runners in hot weather.

The reasoning is simple- the mechanism of drawing moisture away from the skin thwarts Read More...

Great Asses = Great Runners

Mar 26, 2012 | 15 Comments

In usual fashion, The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy inspired this post.  Christian writes about the need for strong hips/ass as a prerequisite to good running form.  I couldn’t agree more.

I’m a huge fan of strength training for runners as a form of crosstraining.  I have an entire section of my book dedicated to weight training, I routinely recommend programs like Kemme Fitness and Crossfit, and I even support Christian’s seemingly Read More...

Pretty Strong: Merrell Aims to Solve the Female Barefoot Riddle

Mar 6, 2012 | 3 Comments

Sometime last year, Emily Snayd (a friend from Merrell and a crazy-fast runner) started asking me questions about women and barefoot.  Specifically, why aren’t there more women running barefoot and in minimalist shoes?  She had made the transition and was posting shockingly fast times.  She clearly saw the benefit, but noticed the barefoot community consisted of far more men than women.

I didn’t have a great answer.  I had a few theories, but they came from my Read More...

Wannabe Elite Road Runners are Nauseating

Feb 24, 2012 | 11 Comments

You know the type. You find them at the local 5ks and marathons lined up at the front of the pack wearing a brand new foot coffins and a singlet advertising a company they wish would sponsor them.  They scoff at the idea of people running for enjoyment and believe you have no business being out there if you’re not going to place in the top ten.

They post all their race PR’s in the signature lines Read More...