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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 […]

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 […]

New Year’s Resolution: Change the World

Dec 26, 2012 | 5 Comments

The end of the year always brings about the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the next. As you can probably tell by the tone of my last few posts here and over at The Sexpressionists, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Our traveling journey over the previous year and a half resulted in a ton of amazing experiences and some great personal growth. We’re enjoying our “down” time right now, but […]

Why Running Makes Us Happy: The Importance of Flow

Dec 10, 2012 | 8 Comments

Most of us have probably heard of “flow states.” It’s a state of consciousness where we get lost in the activity we’re doing. Our focus is so intense, we lose awareness of the outside (and inside) world. We don’t notice the passing of time and feelings of hunger, thirst, or fatigue. Our inner monologue ceases. We become completely engrossed in whatever we’re doing.

My first experiences with flow states came from my days as an artist. I […]

Prepping for the Chimera Hundo: Hello, Burnout

Nov 15, 2012 | 4 Comments

The Chimera 100 starts in two days. It will be one of the hardest races I’ve ever attempted. I have done absolutely nothing to prepare.

While I sometimes have a tendency to self-sabotage, my complete lack of preparation for Chimera can be better explained by burnout. It’s been a long racing season. I’ve run 2 50ks, a 50 miler, finished two hundos, ran 60 miles of another, and ran a 120 mile stage race.

I’m looking […]

The BRUcrew Tribe: Fitness for Those That March to ther Beat of a Different Drum

Nov 1, 2012 | One Comment

Over the last few years, I’ve had a dream of starting a fitness group that was loosely based on the idea of an ultramarathon training group, but incorporated other elements like weight training, speed work, hill repeats, running form coaching, and ultra-specific situational training. I wanted the group to be based on outdoor fitness (because being inside sucks). I wanted the location, dates, and times to be flexible. I wanted the group to be populated by hard working […]

Sleep Deprivation Ultramarathon Training

Oct 18, 2012 | 8 Comments

Doc Ott recently wrote a blog post about his strategy for ultra training. He essentially came up with a method that allows him to hit high mileage and still spend time with his family.

His methodology brought back not-so-fond memories of my early days as an ultrarunner. I was more or less in the same boat- I had a finite amount of time to train but needed to build an endurance base to handle the rigors […]

Electrolytes: Do I Need Them?

Oct 16, 2012 | 12 Comments

Back when I started running ultras, the consumption of supplemental electrolytes was more or less a given. If you were runnign long, you needed to be consuming a product like !S Caps, Salt Sticks, or good ‘ole rock salt. The logic made sense- you lost salt via sweat. When combined with water consumption, runners risked hyponatremia.

I would take one S! Cap about every hour or so depending on temperature. My sweat would get saltier and […]