Jun
16
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by BFwillie_g at 3:59 AM
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Bow Hunt
By Nyal

One November day, several years ago, I found myself with some surprise creeping through some bushes deep in the Arkansas wilderness. I was forced to be cautious of branches that whipped backwards, scratching my exposed skin, and dousing my already wet clothing with more moisture. It was early and it was cold, and I remember seriously questioning my judgment as I gingerly stepped in the muddy impressions left by my host who was largely responsible for this trip.

I had met and talked with a man who was an avid hunter, who invited me out to observe the wildlife and his efforts to dominate it. Well, that, and he needed help hauling a carcass out of the brush. I consented on account of the fact that I loved the taste of venison and had no interest in hunting generally and gleefully relished the prospect of attaining fresh meat while possessing none of the skills required for obtaining it.

Essentially, this is the whole story: we caught nothing. My...
Jun
14
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by Todd at 12:26 PM
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BRS Member Profile of the Week -Bruno RunsThe Barefoot Musician
BRS member, Bruno Runs, is 28 years old and has resided in Bethesda, Maryland, for the past 7 years. He attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he attained a BA in Music Industry& Recordingand Technical &Scientific Communication. He is a National Recording Artist for Imagen Records, a musician and a songwriter, and is in the Lloyd Dobler Effect band. He and his band have entertained the troops with 3 USO tours to Afghanistan, Japan, Qatar, Bahrain, and about 10 other countries. He enjoys hiking, rock climbing, traveling, recording, and playing music. It’s nice to have a job that’s your hobby as well!

An interesting fact about Bruno, “I love maps. I love knowing where I am. I travel around the country and the world so much that I have maps with color coded pins of where I’ve been: white for cities I’ve performed in, blue for places...
Jun
12
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102 Mile Barefoot Ultra - No Simple Feat
A BRS interview

Todd Ragsdale, 41, of Oregon set a Guiness World Record for the Longest Barefoot Run by running 102.65 miles completely barefoot in a 24-hour period this past Sunday. He broke the previous record barefoot run by 12 miles. His record was set on a rubberized track at South Medford High School in Medford, Oregon, with 413 laps. Here's his incredible story...

How long have you been running? I flirted with jogging a bit in my twenties, but just after my 30th birthday in early April of 1999, I went out to the track at Southern Oregon University and did a run to see what kind of shape I was in. Four laps left me exhausted and sick. I felt pathetic and decided that by the end of the summer I would run 10 miles. That goal came quicker than I thought, and my goal was raised to...
Jun
09
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Why I Do Not Stretch Before Running
By NakedSoleNate

Before I go into my diatribe against pre-run stretching, it will be helpful to understand some major reasons and purposes of a stretching routine. Many fitness and health-care professionals recognize at least five reasons stretching is advisable as part of any wellness program. Anyone can find these reasons with a quick web-search. I will focus on two.

The first reason you want to incorporate stretching into your routine is that it actually helps to build strength, not just flexibility. Flexibility (range of motion) combined with greater muscular strength, aides in an increase in performance and a decrease of injury. The second reason is that stretching increases circulation, allowing the natural healing process of the body to become more efficient. Because, let’s face it, as barefoot runners—athletes who like to push the envelope of convention and the limits of our physical capacities—we need all the efficient...