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The Less You Need It, The More You Get It: A Lesson From Squirrel Wipe

May 2, 2013 | 3 Comments

The older I get, the more I believe this statement rings true. Take any measurable variable. The more you need that particular thing, the less likely you are to get it. Stop needing something and it suddenly appears. The concept seems to work with just about anything- money, love, sex, potato salad… you name it.

Is it a real concept?

Who knows… it may just be an illusory correlation.

Still, this concept popped it in […]

What Motivates Us to Run?

Apr 30, 2013 | 10 Comments

Why do we run?

It’s a question runners are asked regularly, especially ultrarunners. In a sedentary society where the average person will circle a parking lot eighteen times to park 15 feet closer to the store, running seems like an unnecessary burden.

Yet millions of us spend hours and hours per week running.

What propels us to do this often-times difficult activity?

I’ve always been fascinated with human motivation. It hits at the fundamental […]

Trail Running and Ultramarathon Book is Finished!

Mar 28, 2013 | One Comment

I finished up the expanded and edited version of “Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel: A trail running, ultramarathon, and wilderness survival guide for weird folks.“I’ve accomplished my goal of producing the least-serious-but-still-exceedingly-useful trail and ultra book in existence!

I added significantly more content than the original version, and my editing team did a wonderful job of eliminating the grammar and other errors. New table of contents can be found at the bottom of this post.



Eliminating the Cell Phone Bill and Using a Smartphone Without a Data Plan: Suck It, Verizon!

Mar 25, 2013 | 10 Comments

In an attempt to save money, Shelly and I decided to eliminate our crazy-expensive cell phone plan through Verizon. We were paying $190/ month for two smartphones with unlimited calls, text, and data. I decided to see if I could completely eliminate my plan while still maintaining some usability with my old phone. In essence, could I have smartphone capability for free?

Note- please don’t spam the comments section with your favorite cell phone plans. I will […]

Where Have All the Barefoot Bloggers Gone?

Mar 20, 2013 | 8 Comments

In response to my last post, Dave, a Canadian friend, noted most of the barefoot/minimalist bloggers seem to have disappeared. He mentioned Pete Larson’s most recent post discussing the secret to success as a running blogger. Pete makes a lot of great points that helps explain why so many barefoot bloggers, many of which are close friends, have seemingly disappeared.

Pete’s most relevant point hit the nail on the head- bloggers need passion.

Writing post […]

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 […]

What’s the Deal with Ragnar?

Jan 25, 2013 | One Comment

Yesterday, a friend forwarded me a link to a blog post from a race director complaining about the Ragnar relay series. Apparently they’ve begun expanding their series by using well-known courses and scheduling them immediately before, during, or after established races.

At first I assumed this was simply one race director that was pissed about a coincidental scheduling snafu… until I started hearing from more and more well-respected race directors. The situation seems a little bit […]

Eliminating the Need for Validation

Jan 20, 2013 | 11 Comments

When we consistently suppress and distrust our intuitive knowingness, looking instead for authority, validation, and approval from others, we give our personal power away.
-Shakti Gawain

External validation is the seeking of approval from others. We all do it at least some of the time. We need people to affirm that we’re good, capable, beings. We’re smart, funny, and beautiful. We’re hard-working, accepting, and athletic. In short, we need people to tell us we’re awesome.

And the […]