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The Art of Ass-Oogling: An Essential Runner Skill

Sep 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Let’s pretend she’s barefoot…

How many times have you been in a situation where you see a fellow runner with a spectacular ass and you want to stare at it long enough to commit it to memory? Male or female, odds are good you’ve been in this situation. Shit, this was a major reason I spent so many years dong this stupid sport!

Those of you that know me are probably thinking “Wow, that’s a douchey thing […]

Ultrarunners: Where Do We Draw the Line on Performance-Enhancements?

Sep 3, 2013 | 9 Comments

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 […]

Don’t be a SEO Spammer Douche. Generate Traffic by Building an Audience

Aug 22, 2013 | One Comment

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 […]

Shorts Over Tights: We Need a Constitutional Amendment Banning the Practice

Aug 15, 2013 | 11 Comments

I’ve been experiencing a bit of writer’s block lately. In an effort to get out of the funk, I asked my Facebook friends to give me some topics that might be interesting. There were many good submissions, but one elicited an immediate emotional response:

Runners that wear running shorts over tights.

Or “shtights”, if you will.

Thank you Cesar Torres! I’ve been wanting to rant about this topic for some time.

THIS […]

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 […]

Is Paranoia Ruining Your Life? Maybe GMOs are Delicious

Aug 7, 2013 | 9 Comments

Do you worry about the food you eat? Do you worry about the composition,the origin, or the effects it may have on your health? Do you REALLY worry about this to the point where the anxiety interferes with your day-to-day existence?

That used to be me.

Over the last few years, I’ve made an important change in how I live my life:

I no longer worry about stupid shit.

A major element of this […]

The Art of Trolling: How to Make Facebook a Shit-Ton More Interesting

Jul 12, 2013 | 8 Comments

Social media can be a fun way to stay in touch with friends or relatives, make plans for the evening, showcase pictures of your pets, children, or bicycle, or share bat-shit crazy conspiracy theories.

It can also be a source of endless amusement for trolls. Or those that like to feed the trolls.

Before we approach the finer points of trolling, we need a proper operational definition for a “troll.” For that, we’ll rely on THE […]

A Runner’s Guide to Posting Facebook Pictures

Jul 9, 2013 | No Comments

Adam Chase, trail editor for Running Times and author of  The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running, posted an intriguing question on Facebook:

Assuming a stunning background in both shots, which trail running image resonates with you more: (a) athlete looking determined and working hard; or (b) athlete jumping in the air with arms waving and tongue stuck out of mouth?

The vast majority of my Facebook friends are runners; most of which post running-related pictures. Adam’s question […]