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Barefoot Running: The World’s Worst Gateway Drug?

May 24, 2014 | No Comments

I distinctly remember the day before I discovered barefoot running. I was searching the Internet looking for building plans. Specifically, I was looking for green building technologies to incorporate into the dream house Shelly and I were going to build in the following years on our plot of land in Allendale, Michigan. We were eager to get it started so we’d have it paid off before we retired from our jobs as high school teachers.

The scenario Read More...

Ultrarunners Boost Endurance by Slowing Metabolism: The Skinny Fat Phenomenon

Aug 2, 2013 | 5 Comments

Ugly asses win races

I’m a huge fan of exploring unorthodox solutions to common problems. As a society, we have a tendency to develop an “idea fixedness” where we find a single, supposedly logical solution to a problem, then stop looking for better solutions. This causes us to miss a lot of really obvious answers to common problems. Usually the best method of finding unconventional solutions is self-experimentation.

In fact, the idea of self-experimentation to solve problems Read More...

Is the Technical Running Shirt Backlash the Next barefoot Running Fad?

Jun 24, 2013 | 13 Comments

In “Never Wipe Your Ass with a Squirrel“, I discuss a wide variety of topics related to running. One of the more controversial themes was my rant against technical shirts in hot weather. The idea follows rather simple physical properties- wearing tech shirts increases body temperature, which hinders performance in hot weather. It also feasibly increases the probability of hyperthermia, heat stroke, and death.

Dramatic, I know.

anyway, over the last three weeks, I’ve had Read More...

Building Better Schools: What is the Answer?

Apr 21, 2013 | 10 Comments

Over the last few months, I’ve explored the idea of going back into teaching. This has caused me to reflect on my previous 12 years in the classroom- specifically what lessons I learned about effective teaching. When I left the profession in 2011, I was burned out. I couldn’t shake the feeling that we were doing more harm than good. I spent most of my last year reading about education reform from the likes of Gotto, Dewey, and Read More...

Merrell Trail Glove 2 Review

Mar 21, 2013 | 9 Comments

If you’ve been running for more than a year, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced this phenomenon:

You find the perfect running shoe.
The manufacturer “updates” the model by radically changing the design.
The shoe no longer works for you, which forces you to find another shoe.

It’s among the most common complains I hear as a shoe reviewer. Most of us have been there. It leads to all kinds of bizarre behaviors like hoarding bargain racks Read More...

Holiday Noncelebration: A Tough Concept to Describe

Dec 25, 2012 | 9 Comments

We rarely celebrate holidays.

There, I said it. It’s Christmas day and our plans consist of going to a local park, hanging out, maybe hit the hot tub later. Have a glass or two of wine.

In short, today is no different than any other day.

We weren’t always holiday non-celebrators. Early in our relationship, Shelly and I enthusiastically celebrated holidays. We put up the Christmas tree, exchanged presents, and attended Christmas parties. We did the same for Easter, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving.

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Learning from Tragedy

Dec 15, 2012 | 4 Comments

This post comes amid a great deal of personal debate… I’m not terribly confident that my lack of writing eloquence can effectively convey my thoughts on the matter, but I’ll give it a shot.

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has shook many people, as it should. It was an unspeakable tragedy. As the news was unfolding, I was filled with the gut-wrenching feelings of placing my own children at that school. I also thought of the school Read More...

News: Hangin’ Near Lake Tahoe, The Sandlers’ Video, New Stuff From Skora!

Jun 29, 2012 | No Comments

Some quick news after out overnight drive from Cody, WY to Truckee, CA:

Our Immediate Plans

Shelly and I will be crewing and pacing for Jesse Scott at the Tahoe Rim 100 in about a month, so we decided to get to the area to do some training. We’ll be in the Lake Tahoe/Truckee/Reno/Sac Town area for about a month and will be taking advantage of the Western States and Tahoe Rim courses. we’re already planning Read More...