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.

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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.

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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

nocodad:

Spot on.

Originally posted on DadScribe:

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.

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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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Homework – more of a harmful thing

“Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” – Winston Churchill

Unfortunately there is an overlooked yet harmful epidemic going on in school districts across the country practiced simply because it is accepted as “conventional wisdom”.  This, despite 40 years of documented research to the contrary, and validated by today’s most educational scholars not to mention the families experiencing it, proving it has no value.  I am speaking of course of the long standing practice of assigning homework.  As most parents will attest, homework is the great wrecker of family and personal time – never mind the psychological stress it creates in students and parental relationships.  “Here Johnny, I know you don’t like this, and it’s unpleasant, but I have to make you do it anyways.”  After putting 7 1/2 hours at “work”, students are expected to bring home more with the parents involuntarily being assigned as tutors and homework monitors.  Who is the better judge of what a student should be able to do in their personal time: the family or the school?  Does homework increase a student’s love of lifelong learning?  The research says no.  Does homework increase students’ academic success?  By weak correlation only and at what price? Does homework increase a student’s self-discipline and responsibility?  Examine the research: No! It is, however, a test of the parent’s self-discipline and responsibility.  So what is the value of homework?  It prepares kids for doing more homework.  The truth is that all current research shows there is ZERO benefit for any homework assigned from Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Even high-school homework is sketchy at best.  Again this is on correlation and not on causation. If you really want to reform the schools, step one is to begin with the elimination of most homework.  To learn more, you need to read the book “The Home Work Myth” by Alfie Kohn.  The research is the nail in the coffin on this outdated and harmful practice.

 

 

 

You have enemies ? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.

nocodad:

WC – a man of great wisdom and words.

Originally posted on Don Charisma:


«You have enemies ? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.»

– Winston Churchill


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How to Install an In Ground Trampoline – with or without margaritas

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Everything you never wanted to know about correcting an incorrectly installed in ground trampoline. Boing!

We inherited an in-ground trampoline when we bought our house earlier this year and its been a great activity for our kids.  And the grown-ups too.  And that brings us to our project today.  This grown-up caused about 4 springs to rip off into the air at about mach 5.   NORAD now tracks them in orbit.

Needless to say we ordered a new trampoline mat and springs to replace the ruined ones from www.funspot.com (let me know if you buy from these guys).  Highly recommended if you need replacement parts and I think the least expensive place on the web.  Something you will find out about this SAH dad is that I am frugal, or as my wife translates “cheap”.

After receiving the new mat and springs we went to install them only to realize the frame had torqued and was 4″ too wide in one direction across than the other.  The reason?  The original homeowners did not install a retaining wall in the trampoline pit and therefore over 4.5 years the sides slowly collapsed in on the frame bending it out of shape.  Lucky us, we had a surprise Home Depot project.  Yea!

Because I am so “frugal”, we decided on the following method for a retaining wall.  Its cheaper and less permanent if you ever want to lose the tramp and fill the hole in or convert it to a hot tub.  Here is how we did this thing:

First we dug the hole out wider and took the old frame out.  Once out, it pretty much self-adjusted back into shape.

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We fit the frame back in the hole to make sure it was round and everything was going to fit up.  Note the white spray paint where we marked the location for the 4×4 posts.  The hole had to be widened by 4″ all the way around to accommodate the posts that were going in.

Next we rented an auger from Home Depot with an 8″ bit and dug 12 holes for 12 48″ pressure treated 4×4’s to be cemented in to hold back the retaining wall.  This wall would be built of 36″ high welded wire fence wrapped on the outside with 36″ silt fence wrapped outside of that.  See below.

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my sweet wife pulling a string to make sure the posts across from each other are level

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The 4×4’s laying on an angle are just for support till the concrete cures.

After the 4×4’s cured, I cut two 2×4 horizontal supports to fit between each post.  Use a radial miter saw to cut the angles as it saves a lot of time.

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Next I bent the remaining top 4 or so inches of welded wire fence over the top and tacked both sides at the top with fence staples.  I then wrapped the loose silt fence over that and stapled it in place.

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Last, back fill the trench between the wall and the dirt.  Stomp it down and you’ll notice the wire bulge out some.  Acceptable give in my opinion.

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We smoothed out the bottom and lined it with the remaining silt fence sans attached sticks.

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Colorado is a very dry climate – the evaporation rate is higher than the precipitation rate so I didn’t worry too much about drainage other than grading the top away from the hole.

Next drop that frame in the hole, assemble, add springs, mat and voila!

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Lets see how cheap I really am!

Silt fence                       $30

Welded wire fence    $35

12 PT 2x4x8’s              $36

6 PT 4x4x8’s                 $48

box of screws               $5

box if fence staples     $3

auger rental                    $46

6 bags quickcrete          $27

Total Project Cost         $230.00

I am happy to respond if you have any questions.  Have fun!

Chuck Norris installs in-ground trampolines with a roundhouse kick to the kit to assemble it then he stares it down..literally, he stares at it till is sinks into the ground with fear.  It usually only takes about 3 seconds.