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 Read More...
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.
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 Read More...
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.
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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?
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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 Read More...
When we consistently suppress and distrust our intuitive knowingness, looking instead for authority, validation, and approval from others, we give our personal power away.
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 Read More...
Earlier today, Shelly and I ran a trail marathon. A few miles in, we ended up behind a few people that happened to be discussing race entry fees. I believe they were talking about the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. Being the antagonizer I am, I suggested they just bandit the race. [For those that aren't familiar with the term, "banditing" refers to running a race without paying to run the race. ]
Of the group, Read More...