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“Crossfit Can Be Dangerous?!?” Further Evidence People Can Be Really Fucking Clueless

Sep 24, 2013 | 8 Comments

Over the last few days, this article has popped up several times on my Facebook news feed. A quick synopsis for lazy folks: The extreme nature of some Crossfit workouts coupled with a culture of pushing the body to the extreme can put people at danger of rhabdomyolysis (a potentially fatal condition where destroyed muscle cells clog the kidneys.)

After reading lots of comments, I couldn’t help but come to the realization that the general population is […]

Are Huaraches Overrated?

Sep 23, 2013 | 30 Comments

Back in the day, quite a few of us used huaraches as our primary running shoe. The other minimal options were piss-poor at best- racing flats, the first generation of Five Fingers, aqua socks, and bare feet. Racing flats were too narrow, VFFs had a peculiar fit that couldn’t accommodate swelling, aqua socks were too floppy, and bare feet suck for real trail running.

Huaraches were a revelation because they allowed a custom fit. That versatility made […]

The Art of Ass-Oogling: An Essential Runner Skill

Sep 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

Let’s pretend she’s barefoot…

How many times have you been in a situation where you see a fellow runner with a spectacular ass and you want to stare at it long enough to commit it to memory? Male or female, odds are good you’ve been in this situation. Shit, this was a major reason I spent so many years dong this stupid sport!

Those of you that know me are probably thinking “Wow, that’s a douchey thing […]

Ultrarunners: Where Do We Draw the Line on Performance-Enhancements?

Sep 3, 2013 | 9 Comments

Ultras are one of the most physically-demanding sports in existence. We push our bodies to the absolute limit… then we push some more. Sleep deprivation, hyper and hypothermia, destruction of muscle tissue, extreme stressing of the endocrine and immune system… it’s all part of the game. Under these extreme conditions, the line between success and failure is minuscule. We continually experiment to find the tiniest edge to help us reach the finish line… which may steer us into […]

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 […]

Black Belts and Silver Buckles: Neither Will Make Your Problems Disappear

Jul 5, 2013 | 3 Comments

Yesterday’s drunken, rambling post could use a little explanation. It was written after a confluence of events, which included:

Reading a middle-of-the-pack ultrarunner’s blog. This runner was aggrandizing their latest ultra finish even though they had finished longer/ more difficult races AND their effort was rather pedestrian. In the process, they hinted that their accomplishment was far above and beyond what others were capable of accomplishing. In other words, they were adopting “I’m special because I did this” […]

Ultrarunning: Ultimate Expression of Human Capacity, or Just a High Tolerance for Boredom?

Jul 4, 2013 | 7 Comments

Ultrarunning involves running for a really long time. It’s tough. Not everyone has the fortitude to do it. But is it really the grand experience some make it out to be?

Back when I first became interested in ultras, the sheer magnitude of running those incredible distances seemed super-human. Indeed, the first few years were tough. With each new distance, I was faced with extremely difficult hurdles. I eventually overcame those hurdles. It felt good. I’m proud […]

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 […]