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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 […]

Do the Grammar Police Inhibit Progress?

Jan 10, 2013 | 9 Comments

This off-topic rant was entirely fueled by my friend Trisha re-posting a picture from’s Facebook account. The picture said “Vote to stop the use of the word irregardless today! Like to cast your vote!” It created a conversation that resulted in 53 comments as of Wednesday evening. I initially responded with a somewhat douchey comment just to start a fun argument, but it turned into a surprisingly deep conversation.

The gist of […]

Review The Barefoot Running Book

Sep 5, 2012 | One Comment

The newest edition of The Barefoot Running Book has been out for about a week, and feedback has been great! I’m currently looking for reviewers to give the book a little more exposure beyond my own blog. To that end, I need to ask my readership for a favor- if you have purchased the book (ebook version or dead tree version) and few extra minutes, post an honest review on Amazon here:


Buy the Cheap Bike: A Lesson in Simplicity

Aug 28, 2012 | 37 Comments

My friend Trisha is on the brink of moving to California. In the process, she’s buying a bike and asked her Facebook friends for a bike suggestion. The suggestions were predictable- buy a Trek, Specialized, Cannondale… whatever. Many recommended going to a bike shop to get fitted.

I recommended a Huffy from Walmart.

Was I serious? A bike from Walmart?!?


Here’s my rationale:

1. You save money. The bike will cost a […]

Becoming a Better Writer: A Worthy Goal for All of Us Shitty Hacks

Apr 23, 2012 | 12 Comments

I needed something new to fill my spare time.  I’m not much for “traditional” hobbies like sewing or cheese-making, so I decided to learn a new skill.  After searching for something interesting, I decided on… writing.

But wait… aren’t I already sort of a writer?

Well, I do a lot of writing here at BRU.  I wrote a book.  I’ve written a few magazine articles.  But I never really considered myself a “writer.”  Pretty much […]

The Barefoot Running Book News

Dec 21, 2011 | 8 Comments

By now, many of you have probably picked up on my references to my news regarding The Barefoot Running Book.  The book has been picked up by Plume Publishers, an imprint of the Penguin Group.

A few months ago, I was in the process of researching methods to have the book translated and exported to various non-English countries.  Up to this point, I had done all publishing and distribution myself.  It wasn’t too difficult, but did pose […]

The Other Books I Recommend

Nov 4, 2011 | 7 Comments

When I posted about Chris Guillebeau’s book “The Art of Non-Conformity“, Alex posted a comment requesting the other books I recommend.  Here are the books, along with a brief explanation:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.

Who should read it: Anyone and everyone.  This book will help you live a better life.
What this book did for me:  Covey’s seven principles allowed me to make major changes to my life, which ultimately led me […]

What Has Led to the Success of BRU and How You Can Make a Difference.

Oct 14, 2011 | 5 Comments

A few posts ago, I wrote about creating a great blog.  On the same day, The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy wrote about the same topic.  We do that a lot.  Anyway, Christian made a comment that I’ve been thinking about for the last two weeks:

“I’m going to be honest with you folks. You can do everything that all of the articles on this topic suggest and still be a lonely blogger in some dark corner of […]