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.

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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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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