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Do We Have a Drive to Face Our Fears?

Jul 9, 2013 | 2 Comments

Fear- it’s an emotion we normally go to great lengths to avoid. We do our best to rearrange our environment to avoid fear. We’re creatures of comfort. Even when we journey outside our comfort zone, we do everything in our power to maintain some semblance of safety and predictability.

When I started the BRUcrew Facebook group, the idea was simple- set up a series of “challenges” that would push us outside our comfort zones. The goal Read More...

Black Belts and Silver Buckles: Neither Will Make Your Problems Disappear

Jul 5, 2013 | 3 Comments

Yesterday’s drunken, rambling post could use a little explanation. It was written after a confluence of events, which included:

Reading a middle-of-the-pack ultrarunner’s blog. This runner was aggrandizing their latest ultra finish even though they had finished longer/ more difficult races AND their effort was rather pedestrian. In the process, they hinted that their accomplishment was far above and beyond what others were capable of accomplishing. In other words, they were adopting “I’m special because I did this” Read More...

Ultrarunning: Ultimate Expression of Human Capacity, or Just a High Tolerance for Boredom?

Jul 4, 2013 | 7 Comments

Ultrarunning involves running for a really long time. It’s tough. Not everyone has the fortitude to do it. But is it really the grand experience some make it out to be?

Back when I first became interested in ultras, the sheer magnitude of running those incredible distances seemed super-human. Indeed, the first few years were tough. With each new distance, I was faced with extremely difficult hurdles. I eventually overcame those hurdles. It felt good. I’m proud Read More...

Why Are People Such Dickheads to the Police?

Jul 3, 2013 | 6 Comments

A recent news story has generated a shit-ton of controversy. The very short story – police arrest a dude that was interfering with an operation. Man’s rottweiler jumps out of his car. Police try to grab dog’s leash. Dog jumps at an officer. Officer shoots and kills the dog.

In case you haven’t seen the video, check it out here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/police-shoot-dog_n_3530990.html

The story has created many Facebook threads sparking considerable debate. The debate seems Read More...

Runners: How to Avoid Being Robbed, Beaten, and Raped

Jul 2, 2013 | 8 Comments

Are you a runner? Do you run outside? There’s a decent chance you could be attacked at some point. You could be robbed, beaten, raped, or even killed.

It happens.

Shelly and I were having a discussion about the NJ home invasion case, which led to a discussion on runner safety. We came to the conclusion that most runners a) made really, really stupid decisions that put themselves at unnecessary risk, and b) dramatically overestimated Read More...

Six Reasons You Shouldn’t be too Hard on Religious Folks

Jun 28, 2013 | 7 Comments

Anyone that follows and participates in my Facebook discussions probably noticed a pattern- I like to tease Christians. A lot. I routinely make Raptor Jesus jokes. I toss out hyperbole-laced rants about the logic of religion. I use religious imagery and ceremony is blasphemous ways.

Most of my friends understand I’m just joking around. I have tremendous respect for those that have strong beliefs. Well, not enough respect to prevent teasing… but Sometimes, however, people will chime Read More...

Life Skill #1: Applying “Experiment of One” Globally

Jun 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

George Sheehan famously said “We are each an experiment of one.” This idea was a central theme in both my running books. While he may have been referring to running, the advice should be applied to life outside running. There are very few (if any) things that can be universally applied to every single person. What’s good for the goose is almost never good for the gander.

Why?

We’re different people. We have different genes Read More...

Training Without Competing?

Jun 23, 2013 | 3 Comments

I the running universe, it’s not uncommon to encounter runners that have zero interest in running races. They have no need to compete. The “training” runs fulfill whatever it is they need fulfilling, whether it be fitness, stress relief, the intrinsic joy of the physical movement, socialization… whatever.

For those that DO run races, training usually focuses on improvement when competing. They may still train for the reasons listed above, but there’s a competitive edge to their Read More...