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Hundred Mile Training Versus Mixed Martial Arts Training: Which is Tougher?

Sep 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Hey look, Jason isn’t dead! Yes, I know this is my first post in almost four months, but the lack of running makes it tricky to write about… well, running. However, a reader that also follows me on Facebook asked an intriguing question a few days ago: Having experienced both hundred mile training and MMA training, how do they compare? Which one is more difficult?

For the last seventeen months or so, Shelly and I […]

Before We Were Born to Run, We Were Born to Fight

Nov 11, 2013 | 11 Comments

Are we born to fight?

This question has popped up repeatedly over the last few days. I started with a horribly biased DailyMail story about kids mma that got A LOT of people riled up. My Facebook friends and I had some excellent discussions, which led to an unanswered question- why do people have the drive to fight?

The responses were divided into to broad categories: Those that actually did a combat sport (wrestling, karate, mma, […]

New Goals; New Adventures

Nov 10, 2013 | One Comment

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been contemplating new goals. I haven’t really had too many goals over the last few years; I’ve just enjoyed flowing through life. I feels like it’s about time to get some direction. The following are the goals I’m considering for 2014 but haven’t made a firm commitment:

1. Run another benji (100 miler.) It’s been a year since I ran my last ultra, and I miss it enough to seriously consider […]

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 […]

Weight Loss Experimentation: Calories in/ Calories Out in the Real World

Jul 1, 2013 | 6 Comments

I love trying new physical adventures. Over the years, I’ve played a wide variety of sports, both team and individual. Each one presented different physical and mental skills which helped me grow as a person. Each one was a unique puzzle that challenged me in a new way. I’ve been looking for a new challenge since the allure of running ultras waned. Shelly and I have been training at an mma gym, which includes Brazilian jiu jitsu. There’s […]

Running, Crossfit, and Jiu Jitsu: What is the Common Ground?

Mar 4, 2013 | 5 Comments

It should come as no surprise that I’m quickly becoming obsessed with jiu jitsu. I went from taking one or two classes per week to obsessively searching the ‘Webz, watching videos, reading books, creating a journal, blogging, and training 4-5 times per week.

What’s the appeal?

I tend to be drawn to difficult physical tasks. When I started barefoot running, Crossfit, and ultrarunning a few years ago, I was attracted to the inherent challenges. Not only […]