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Run Commuting: Save Gas, Lose Weight, Get to Know Your Neighborhood

Jan 29, 2013 | 9 Comments

Today’s post is Kevin LaFleur’s first guest post here at BRU. This article is of particular interest to Shelly and I as we’ve been doing quite a bit of run commuting lately. I regularly walk to work and run to our gym, and can attest to the benefits Kevin discusses. Please share your run commuting experiences in the comments!


My love for commuting by my own power began in the 2nd grade. Per the Vermont norm, a wicked snow […]

How Important is Running When Training to Run?

Jan 23, 2013 | 18 Comments

Runners are supposed to train by running, right? The logic seems simple enough. Indeed, if you’re an elite runner, you probably need to pile up a shit ton of miles.

But what if you’re a recreational runner that has little hope of cracking the top 10% in any given race? Can you do other activities besides running?

This is a question I’ve explored in the past. After all, my single best race performance came after months […]

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 […]

Jumping Into the Life Coaching World

Jan 16, 2013 | One Comment

As always, Shelly and I have been searching out new adventures. Over the last six months or so, we’ve been playing around with the “life coaching” idea with friends and acquaintances that were interested in our ideas for living somewhat unconventional lives.

Over the last four years or so, we’ve been on a mission to gain as much freedom as possible to live lives that truly excite us. There’s something […]

Rules to Avoid Becoming That Boring Social Media Runner

Jan 15, 2013 | 4 Comments

My Facebook friend Sarah recently wrote a status update about ultrarunners’ social media feeds being exceptionally boring. I couldn’t agree more. As a general rule of thumb, many runners that use social media post about runs. Or training for runs. Or post pictures of runs. Or pictures of new running gear. Or clothes. Or shoes.

And it’s boring as Hell.


They’re one-trick ponies. (And yes, my repeated use of this term […]

Make Your Life Better By Learning To Stand Up To Bullies

Jan 7, 2013 | One Comment

When we think of bullies, we usually think of the big kid on the playground. You know, the one that punches us in the head until we give up our lunch money. We may also think of a bully as someone that uses verbal assaults or spreads rumors. We think of bullies as generally unpleasant people that exploit the weak for their own gain. Bullies generally make our lives a living Hell. Learning to stand up to bullies […]

What Would You Do If You Were Attacked on a Run?

Jan 6, 2013 | 8 Comments

As runners, have you ever wondered just how vulnerable we are running through the streets or out on the trails?Many times we’re in secluded areas with very few if any people around. We could easily be attacked, robbed, or raped. Killed even.

Can we do anything to improve our safety?

Kelly, the general manager at our mma gym posted a message to Facebook outlining some great tips. This post is copied in […]

How to Live a Better Life

Jan 2, 2013 | One Comment

Around this time of year I like to spend some time reflecting and sort of planning. I like to assess the previous year, figure out what went well, what didn’t, and what changes I could make.

Out of sheer luck, I recently stumbled upon an article from the Washington Post about genealogist and author Karl Pillemer. The gist of the article was an excerpt from his book that consisted of a compilation of data from interviews […]