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Goofy Ultra Training Ideas

May 3, 2011 | 8 Comments

Western States is 53 days away.  That gives me a little over nine weeks to dial in my training.  So far, everything is going according to plan.  I divide my training into various elements that will ultimately help me over the 100 miles.  Here are the basic elements of my training:

Long runs- Usually one per week ranging from 20-35 miles.  At some point I will include a long back-to-back.  The long runs also includes two races (Mind the Read More...

How to Spot a Crazy Person – Why One Man Simply Can’t Run

Mar 20, 2011 | One Comment

[The following is a guest post by Pete Kemme.  I frequently mention Pete here and finally convinced him to make a guest appearance.  I regard Pete as one of the leading experts on functional fitness.  His crazy-ass brutal crosstraining workouts have helped me finish run ultras on relatively low mileage.  Check out Pete's fitness site To see what he does, check out this YouTube vid.   Pete, being the humble guy he is, wouldn't mention Read More...

How I’ll break Out of a Rut- Lets Fight the Late Winter Doldrums Together

Mar 11, 2011 | 3 Comments

[The following post was written by Jesse Scott.  Jesse is one of the writers I recently recruited to occasionally write for BRU.  Check out his blog "In Search of Solid Ground" to read more of Jesse's writings.]

Something I dislike doing is explicitly telling others what to do. We’re all individuals with our own wants, needs, and feelings. The best way for me to help others is by giving an example, or in most Read More...

Gymboss Interval Timer Review

Jan 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

When people begin barefoot running, they usually start at very low mileage.  This is a wise strategy, but may be difficult for runners accustomed to high mileage or high intensity.   When they ask for an alternative to running while they make the transition, I always suggest burpee pullups.

I also recommend programs like Pete Kemme’s workouts or Crossfit.  The problem- many of these workouts are based on intervals… usually of the Read More...

Barefoot Sports Besides Running

Jan 21, 2011 | 9 Comments

I started consciously playing with the idea of skipping shoes in sports when I was in tenth grade.  As a hobby, I spent a lot of time placekicking and punting footballs in my back yard.  At some point, I decided to try punting without shoes.

As much as I would like to say it was due to an epiphany that my cleats were somehow harmful to my feet, it was really due to laziness.  The cleats required Read More...

Barefoot-related News and Such:, Merrell Feedback, Free eBook, and Inov-8 News

Jan 17, 2011 | One Comment

Some random news: Article

I recently began writing a four-part series about barefoot running for  It’s always fun to reach a new audience.  Feel free to help out a fellow barefoot runner and share the story far and wide.

Merrell Early Feedback

Merrell released their new shoes to a few local stores.  So far, the feedback has been incredible!  Many people have been emailing me to confirm my reviews were spot-on.  These shoes really will revolutionize the Read More...

Overcoming Winter Laziness: The Nine Day Trifecta Plunge

Jan 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

Winter sucks.  Nothing saps my motivation like the combination of cold and darkness.  I should be rigorously training for Western States.  Instead, I have been lazily lounging around inventing excuses to avoid physical activity.  Over the last two weeks I’ve run a total of seven miles.  Since that training volume won’t help me get to the finish line in Auburn, I decided to do something radical to jump-start my motivation.

Enter The Nine Day Trifecta Plunge. 

Great Form Running Tip #289: Run on Ice

Dec 14, 2010 | 4 Comments

Most runners avoid ice.  They run around it.  They wear YakTrax.  They stud their shoes.  They move to warmer climates.  Whatever.

Why do they avoid it?  Running on ice is hard.  It’s scary.  There’s a chance you could fall and seriously hurt yourself.  It’s too bad.  Ice is one of the best coaching tools available… assuming you don’t run in huge cushioned foot coffins that promote a hard heel-first foot strike.

Why is ice such