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Choosing Safe and Easy or Exciting and Difficult?

Aug 27, 2013 | 5 Comments

My life came to a small crossroad over the last two weeks. Our three children went back to school after a too-long summer break (I pretended to be a stay-at-home-dad for a few months.) That brought me to a choice- do I take a full-time job at the company I’ve been working for since January, or do I focus on writing, starting a running class, and doing freelance social media consulting?

It’s a classic “traditional” versus Read More...

Unique Business Strategy: The BRU Method

Aug 14, 2013 | 3 Comments

Over the last few months, I’ve been a stay-at-home dad. The “opportunity” (quotes intentional because I want to kill my children) has given me a fair amount of free time. During that time, I’ve connected with a few small business owners online and in person.

Invariably, the topic of marketing comes up. I’ve had a moderate degree of success with Barefoot Running University mostly because of the way I’ve marketed it. Through books, consulting, coaching, and ad Read More...

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 Read More...

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...

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...

The Helicopter/ Neglectful Parent Dichotomy: Which is Better?

May 31, 2013 | 8 Comments

Read these two articles:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765622681/Dear-mom-on-the-iPhone-Let-me-tell-you-what-you-dont-see.html?pg=all

http://alameda.patch.com/groups/kate-bassford-bakers-blog/p/bp–please-dont-help-my-kids

Parent (or non-parents), answer the following questions in the “comments’ section:

1. Briefly (25 words or less) share your opinion on each article.

2. Which parenting style is closer to your own style?

3. Why do you think this topic is such a hot-button issue? In other words, why do we care so much about how other parents parent?

Also, feel Read More...

Going Running? Know Where to Find Water!

May 29, 2013 | No Comments

Given hot weather is upon us, it’s time to talk about water. Specifically… finding water. If you’re out on the trail and run out of water, the situation can go downhill quickly. Knowing where water sources can be found can, minimally, save your run. It could also potentially save your life.

I don’t have the time today to write an entire blog post, so I’m just cutting and pasting an excerpt from the Squirrel Wipe book.

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Benign Neglect: The Art of Under-Parenting

May 10, 2013 | 5 Comments

While doing some research for a new project, I came across the term “benign neglect.” As a parenting style, it involves allowing your kids freedom to well, be kids. Let them explore their world. Solve their own problems. Take their lumps when things don’t go so well.

And I like the nomenclature because it’s mildly antagonistic.

It perfectly explains the parenting strategy Shelly and I use. We let them play unsupervised, which often involves wandering around Read More...