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How to Stay Cool when Running: A Lesson in Human Thermoregulation During Exercise

May 19, 2013 | 12 Comments

How do we stay cool when running in hot weather? In my last post, I challenged race directors to reconsider the growing practice of including moisture-wicking technical shirts as race “swag.” That resulted in a slew of questions and comments ranging from skepticism to recommendations on staying cool when running in hot weather. I’m going to address all these issues here.

Let’s start by describing the issue. The human body generates a great deal of heat Read More...

An Open Letter to Race Directors: Please Stop Distributing Tech Shirts!

May 18, 2013 | 16 Comments

Dear race director friends:

I understand you have undertaken a thankless job. You put in countless hours to assure your event is well-organized. I also understand you receive a slew of dumbass requests. Hopefully some of you will consider this request even though it directly contradicts the accepted logic most runners ascribe to.

Please stop distributing moisture-wicking tech shirts.

Why you ask?

Quite simply, they’re endangering the lives of runners that falsely believe their Read More...

The Most Important Knowledge a Trail Runner Needs

May 12, 2013 | No Comments

Yesterday a friend posted a rather cryptic status in Facebook. Their spouse had left for a trail run hours earlier and was not responding to texts. It produced one of those sinking feelings you feel when bad shit starts to unfold. Based on the comments, it was obvious the friend had little information to relay to the authorities.

The situation also produced a hint of personal responsibility, much like a teacher feels when a former student drops Read More...

Trail Running and Ultramarathon Book is Finished!

Mar 28, 2013 | One Comment

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.

 

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Embracing Poverty

Mar 17, 2013 | 8 Comments

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?

It Read More...

Squirrel Wipe Trail and Ultra Book Hits the Virtual Shelves!

Mar 11, 2013 | 6 Comments

NOTE: Since this post, I’ve released the final expanded edition of the book, which adds many new sections and MUCH better editing. It is also available in .mobi (Kindle) and .epub (pretty much everything else) formats for ebook readers. The previous version that was available here is no longer available, though you CAN download the free sample following the links below. If you bought the original, continue to share it freely.

I will include links to Read More...

Trail and Ultrarunning Book: Experimentation With a Different Distribution Model

Mar 9, 2013 | 5 Comments

I’m finally nearing the release of the trail and ultrarunning book I started with the Squirrel Wipe project. It’s been a long journey mostly because I almost completed it in October, then punched my computer, bricked the hard drive, and lost the entire manuscript. It was a VERY painful lesson.

It took quite some time to rewrite it, but it’s close to finished. I learned many lessons from the process of writing the various editions of The Read More...

The Plight of the Serial Hobbyist

Feb 27, 2013 | 16 Comments

I’ve spent the last few months trying to figure out why I seemingly lost motivation to run. Over time, I came to a few conclusions ranging from burnout to “distraction with life circumstances.” Lately I’ve come to a different conclusion-

Running has always been a hobby. I’m an undeniable serial hobbyist. Interest in hobbies increases rapidly, plateaus, then wanes.

It’s less about the actual activity and more about the process of learning. Here’s a graph that Read More...