Running

It’s not as weird as it sounds

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Running through my neighborhood, I will often gasp at the amount of garbage I see along my normal route. Bottles, cans, wrappers — it’s as if people just throw things on the ground or out of their car window when they are done with them. One day, I decided to bring a garbage bag and gloves on my run to clean up my neighborhood on a casual three-mile run.

Turns out, other people do this and it’s called “plogging.” The word is a combination of “jogging” and the Swedish phrase “plocka upp” which means “picking litter.” For the last few years, the phenomenon swept across Sweden where plogging clubs have assembled in many cities and villages. …


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I originally started Medium to write divisive articles about politics, social justice, and shamanism. As I matured as a writer, I found my voice in writing about myself and my hobbies. If I had 30 reads, I considered it a success. That was until one of my articles hit it big.

I decided last-minute to write an article about a running strategy called the “Maffetone Method”. It was something I played around with to try to become a better runner and didn't think much of it when publishing the article. I wrote it in about 20 minutes and hadn’t put that much thought into it. …


Fitness

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has boomed out of obscurity in the last few years. Once just another fringe brand of martial arts like Capoeira or Sambo, it gained popularity when exhibited through UFC bouts and now is practiced by celebrities like Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, as well as dozens of others. Millions around the world now practice the art and swear by it as the ultimate sport for building confidence, self-defense, and health. But what is it? And why is it important? I was determined to find out!

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, or BJJ, has its roots in Japan, stemming from judo. Judo is mainly a standing sport that involves wrestling with your opponent until you can flip, throw, or take them down to the ground. The Gracie and Machado families of Brazil, taking what they learned from judo, expanded the sport to a more complex system is not just taking down your opponent but moves to do once they are on the ground. This involved adding an endless new assortment of joint locks, chokes, and ground maneuvering. …


Running

Advice for any level

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Getting the right shoe may be one of the most overlooked obstacles for runners, especially new or struggling ones. It took a lot of trials and tribulations to find a great pair of shoes, and I still continue to learn. I was surprised that I had run years before discovering information that could help mitigate basic running problems. Unless you’re hanging out in running shops or scouring the forums, I find it’s a rarely discussed topic. I would like to share what I learned through my folly, so you can get the right shoe faster and focus more on running!

Shoe Type — There are generally 3 types of running shoe — neutral, stability, and motion control. Depending on how your feet land (pronation) and propel (supination) when running, you may need some extra support. You want the overall shape, sole, and contours of the shoe to match your running style. I was running in neutral shoes for some time before I got a gait analysis. …


HUMOR

The answer is simpler than you think

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Roger and Beverly O’Fallon, from Winnetka, Illinois, have been happily wed for almost 50 years. They are the picture-perfect couple. All their friends adore and use them as a prime example of a healthy marriage. When asked, they both attributed their success to Roger’s extreme willingness to say “sorry” to his wife. Roger, born with a rare condition called “Compulsive Apology Disorder”, leaves him constantly saying “sorry” to his wife, sometimes over 100 times a day. While extreme, the couple has flourished despite this chronic illness.

Beverly, when asked about their first date exclaimed, “Roger was so apologetic about everything. He apologized after picking me up a minute late, apologized after a great dinner, apologized about our first kiss. It made me feel very safe and very cared for. …


Psychology

It’s different than we thought

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For most of my life, I had a one-dimensional idea of what a narcissist is. I pictured a rich, arrogant, and privileged type that loves to hear themselves talk and loves to boast all of what they have. A person who is so used to getting their way that they’ve come to believe the Earth revolves around them with everyone else being just pawns in their pursuits. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve empathized with narcissism more as a genuine mental disorder now that I understand its origins. Narcissism does stem from entitlement, but not the way we previously thought.

It is my belief that narcissists are not created from an excess of self-admiration and confidence but from a lack thereof. The most victimized, disenfranchised, and downtrodden folks are more likely to be narcissists than the hyper-realized and self-important. People often encounter a clash with expectations as they navigate adulthood that leaves some feeling unimportant, discarded, and feeling isolated. This can continue throughout life as the circumstances of our life change. Life rarely works out the way we thought it would for most of us, but narcissism specifically targets those who are unable to let go and get a grip on their expectations. …


Life

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It’s October, and I’m watching so many horror movies in preparation for Halloween! Most of them are the old ones like Chucky, Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Final Destination. While many aren’t particularly scary or have high production value, I strive to gain insight from any experience, even if it is pretty cheesy. Turns out you don't have to watch Forrest Gump or Pursuit of Happyness to get inspired, horror movies are chock full of important life lessons that you can apply to your everyday life.

Trust the women- Before you think I’m pandering give me a chance to explain. In so many horror movies, the female character will usually feel something is wrong, hear something outside, or suspect someone before the guy does. She’ll freak out and tell the guy, but he'll usually blow it off and say she’s crazy. This is not so much that women have better hearing or intuition as it is toxic masculinity. Guys tend to fall into the contradictory role of a brave yet rational complement to their mercurial and sensitive counterpart, even though there might be some basis to the hysteria. Case in point, in the movie Orphan, Vera Farmiga’s character detects early on that something is evil about their new kid, the guy insists she’s just crazy or she’s been drinking, a decision he pays dearly for later. Point is, if my wife freaks about something, I tend to hear her out now instead of trying to neutralize it right away. Sometimes it pays to listen to other people because we all have blind spots. Stubbornly clinging to our own beliefs and senses can often leave one foolish instead of tapping into collective wisdom. …


A rift in the system

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If you’re a craft beer drinker like me, you know how expensive it can be. I am not afraid to spend the extra money on a product I feel is superior in quality, but that doesn't mean I don't also look for ways to save money. I recently found a full-fledged way to get some of my favorite craft beers for cheaper and without breaking the law!

Regional craft breweries and even small microbreweries are moving into bigger format single cans to drive sales. The 19.2 oz. can, or “stovepipe” can, is found anywhere from drugstores to large liquor stores and intended for the drinker “on-the-go”. It can be found in the cooler section and they usually go for about $2–3 each. …


RUNNING

A comeback story

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Many years ago, I was obese. In fact, I overate, rarely worked out, and was pretty sedentary for most of my life. With newly formed stressors like homeownership, a more difficult job, and thinning social network, I felt like it was just getting worse. Originally, I felt like I could just eat, drink alcohol, and work myself out of the hole I felt I was in, but it wasn’t really working. I didn’t feel very good a lot of the time. That was all going to change.

One day, I was invited to a running club by someone who said we’d run a few miles and then have beers after. The thought of traveling to the city to try some new craft beers enticed me, even if it meant having to join in on a few miles. Rarely ever running, I still had confidence that I could knock out three miles without much trouble. …


Politics

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Recently I received a “Cat Facts” email involuntarily that featured an interesting story about the Stubbs the Cat. Stubbs the Cat was mayor of an Alaskan town from 1997–2017. After some research, I discovered dozens of other animals who were voted into office as well. What does this have to do with the Trump election? I know Trump isn’t a cat, but I believe both Stubbs and Trump were elected because of what we call a “protest vote”.

What is a “protest vote”? Some voters, disenchanted and disillusioned with our political system, will purposefully vote for a ridiculously unqualified candidate or someone unlikely to win. Whether it be out of spite, sheer novelty, or feel there is no better option, they will vote for a cat if need be. The main draw appears to be rooted in the idea that the candidate is outside of the political norms and different from the “same-old”. …

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Bradley S.

A runner who has beers and writes

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