Barefoot running – Rugged Maniac

Thinking of running one of those confidence building, injury inducing mud obstacle courses? Thinking of doing it barefoot? You animal!  I was crazy enough to try it at the Rugged Maniac Colorado 2014. Yes it hurt,  but it was worth it.


If you choose to do it,  try to research the track.  My assumption was that there would be minimal rocks because it was run on an existing motorcross track.  Apparently motorcross tracks will vary based on the surrounding geology . So a track on the plains will probably have softer,  dusty dirt whereas a track on the side of a mountain (where this one took place) will have plenty of rocks and other foot exfoliators.


The interesting thing about running un-shod is that your feet do not callus,  rather they get softer as they internally strengthen to the uneven or hard terrain.

  My feet were sore the next couple days because of my miscalculation.  Will I run it barefoot again? Only if I have adequately conditioned them before hand on similar terrain. Half of the track was the dustier,  flat and hard surface I was accustomed to and in that I excelled.  It was the second half that had me questioning my intelligence.

Whatever you do, try barefoot running.  Research it and learn proper foot strike and technique.  YouTube is great for this.  Barefoot Kenbob is the goto guy. Like any sport/physical activity,  there is proper form and execution.  Running is no exception.

Stay healthy and never quit!
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9 Things Han Solo Taught Me About Being a Dad

Spot on.

Carter Gaddis

As a child of the ’70s, I considered Han Solo the epitome of manhood.

Fiercely independent, yet secretly sentimental. Skeptical, but willing to believe in magic if he sees it with his own eyes.

Secure enough in his own skin to pursue a princess, but not above taking a wide-eyed farm boy under his wing. Best friends with a Wookiee.

A lovable scoundrel who poses as a mercenary, but who deep down recognizes the best things in life are free.

In short — the ideal dad.

I readily acknowledge that my exposure to Star Wars at a young age shaped the adult I have become. And while Obi Wan was a superb mentor and Vader achieved redemption in the end, it was Han Solo who taught me the most about how to be a good dad.

Here are just a few examples of why I believe General Solo, who had not fathered children…

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How do you pray?

Everyone struggles with something at sometime.  Relationships, career, children, parents, tasks, health etc.  Mine are many and diverse.  What’s in front of me right now is prayer.  As a follower of Christ,  I’m ashamed to say my prayer life had been drier than the Sahara, narrower than a mouse trail and about as consistent as a politician’s truths.  As I read over Proverbs 3 this morning I am struck with how I have not been trusting in the Lord with “all”  of my heart and how I have been leaning on “my own” understanding. This prompted me to ask for help through prayer.  Hence my stall.  I’m tired of the shallowness and repetitiveness of my prayers.  How do you pray? Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Proverbs 3:1-2
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

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