How to Turn Your Next Run into Cold Hard Cash 🤑

Want to hear something interesting?

Recently, I was talking to my sister who told me about a new app called RunBet.

Here’s the deets:

RunBet is made up of players who commit to a specific running program while betting real money on themselves. If they complete all the requirements, they’re a winner and get their money back (and most likely make money funded by the players who didn’t finish the game).


You can run outdoors or on a treadmill.

If you choose to run outdoors, you need to have a GPS-enabled app like Garmin, Strava, or RunKeeper sync with the RunBet app.

If you prefer to run indoors you need to take a sweaty selfie and a picture of your treadmill’s readout after your run. You upload both photos, and the referees will look over your submission.


My sister bet $40 that she could run 4x a week for 4 weeks for a chance of sharing the jackpot of $90k with whoever remains in the game.

So far she’s still in the game and is excited about the chance of making some extra moola.


What about you?

Want to turn your next run into cold hard cash?

If so, give the app a try. And while you’re at it. Check out October’s ‘Runner’s High” newsletter. It includes an easy to implement morning routine that will gently nudge your butt out the door on those “I don’t want to” days. Subscribe in time here:


Get that dough,

Barefoot Alex

Beware of “The Beijing Cocktail” 🍹☠️

Ever see the movie Crank?

It’s the one where Jason Statham plays hitman Chev Chelios. Though he’s good at what he does. He wants to get out crime for good so he can spend more time with his lady. But things go south when he learns he has been injected with a poison called “The Beijing Cocktail”. Which will kill him if his heart rate drops.


Chev must keep his adrenaline levels elevated to stay alive.

To keep himself keyed up he picks fights with other gangsters, takes illegal drugs, and brawls with the police.


No matter how much he wants to sit down and relax. He can’t. Because if he does. He dies.

Ok, so what’s the point?

Before being injected with “The Beijing Cocktail” Chev was a relaxed crime fighter.

But after injection, his fight or flight response was set on overdrive.

Speaking of fight or flight…

In the modern world, many things can trigger the fight or flight response in the body. This include:

* Unanswered texts/emails
* Junk food
* Toxic relationships
* Poor sleep
* Rush hour traffic
* Missing a deadline
* Bouncing a check

When this response is stimulated too often it causes us to become aggressive, hypervigilant and overreactive. E.g. punch out your boss, middle finger road rage, etc.

Or worse…

Excessive stress can lead to disorders of our autonomic nervous system. E.g. rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and allergies

That’s the bad news.

The GOOD news is… In the next “Runner’s High” issue, I am going to show you 3 ways to handle this “problem” so you (1) don’t spazz out at your spouse and (2) fall into unnecessary depression. This baby goes to the printer soon. So there’s no time for dilly-dally. Subscribe in time here:


Barefoot Alex

Grandpa Ditches Nursing Home for a Heavy Metal Festival 🎸

Here’s a pretty little doozy to perk up your Saturday.

Check this out:

Recently, I read a news story about a couple of old men who went missing from a rural nursing home in Germany.

Bewildered by the disappearance of the two men, nursing home staff set up a search party. But despite enlisting law enforcement, the men were able to evade police for several days.


The men were spotted headbanging at the Wacken Open Air festival AKA the biggest metal festival in the world.
When they were finally nabbed (albeit dazed and confused)…

The senior citizens admitted to hitchhiking the 25 miles from the nursing home to the festival.

Digging the aging metalhead’s vigor, the Wacken Open Air festival Twitter account posted:

“There no discrimination against seniors …because you’re never too old to rock.”

The same can be said for running.

Sure…you may not be an escapee from a nursing home, but it goes to note that every day is an opportunity to rock your upcoming run like a gnarly guitar riff.

But, if you haven’t felt like a running rockstar for a while then here’s a simple solution…

Located in the pages of September’s “Runner’s High” newsletter is an electrifying morning routine that will have you leaping out of bed like Axel Rose in his hay day. No coffee needed. And all ages are welcome. To get your copy in time, go here:


Barefoot Alex

This is the Last Time I’m Answering this Question

“I thought you were from Brazil. Maybe the Carribean…but Ohio? Never would have expected that.”

I’ve fielded the “where you from” question for years. No joke at least 1,000 times.


To answer it for good. I’m Northeast Ohio from a small town called North Canton.

If you haven’t heard of it. It was a quick 10-minute drive from my doorstep to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. OSU and Cleveland Brown country.

Speaking of the Browns…

They lost again last night. In pure Browns fashion too. Here’s how it went down:

With the Browns trailing 21-18, the kicker, who had already missed two extra points and a field goal, missed wide right with 3 seconds left.

But you know what? I feel for the Brown’s kicker. I even read that angry fans attacked his sister on social media forcing her to delete her Twitter account.


I mean come on. I understand the frustration as a fan. But it’s life. We mess up. Even the pros. In fact, they probably have failed more time than anyone.

To quote Yoda:

“The greatest teacher, failure is.”

I think what Yoda means is without failure you cannot appreciate success.

Running is no different.

It’s the trials of miles. Miles of trials.

To get the most out of the journey. I encourage you to check out The Runner’s High Newsletter. It’s spring loaded with useful running tips and techniques that can transform “Brown kicker days” into reoccurring runner’s high experiences.

Get it here:


Barefoot Alex

One Wheel Down With the Axle Dragging

It was mile 283…and I was sulking in the pain cave.

The tendons around my knee caps were completely trashed. It was as if a tiny tornado had ripped them apart. And each step flayed them further from the cartilage.

I couldn’t take the suffering any longer. So I sat down on a bench that ran parallel to the course.

Was this what the halfway point of a 10 Day Race was supposed to feel like?

If it was. I was one wheel down with the axle dragging.

Sensing my grief, Ashprihanal Aalto, the race leader and the world’s best multiday long distance runner…

Sat down next to me, fished his pocket for a piece of paper and began to read out loud:

“Make yourself feel that you are not the runner, but that somebody else is running in and through you. You are only the witness, the spectator.”

When I asked if he had written the words. He said no. It was from Sri Chinmoy. The Indian spiritual teacher who the race paid homage to.

Aalto added that even though adversity feels like it will never end…

It is only temporary.

And when we focus on giving our best. We become lightning rods for transcendence.

We shared a fist and Aalto disappeared into the distance.

I pondered the experience for a few minutes. Got up. And started a slow shuffle. Dwelling on being the witness for the ride my body was taking.

Moral of the story:

If you’re in a running rut. There’s tremendous power in getting back on the horse. Even if you feel directionless and defeated.

That’s why…

When you subscribe to The Runner’s High Newsletter, I’ll ship you a free copy of my book “Endurance Secrets”. It covers everything from how to build a 12-month training plan from scratch to reframing your mind for race day success.

Reserve your copy here:


Barefoot Alex

The Annoying Lady at Starbucks ☕️

Earlier today, I was sipping a macha latte at Starbucks.  Editing “Endurance Secrets” like a madman when an annoying lady sits down next to me.

She unpacks her belongings.  (pencil case, laptop, 3 notebooks, and a 1-gallon jug of water).  Making enough noise to distract me from my work.

More…I can sense she’s staring at me.  So, I look up.  She has a power cord in hand and is glancing towards the wall.

This is Starbucks code for “can you please plug me in?”

She passes me the cord but it gets tangled in her mess of stuff.

But then something strange happens…

Before she has time to speak.  I hear the word “drape” echo in my mind.  It happens 2 seconds before she says:

“Try draping it along the chair.”

I sit there dumbfounded for 3 seconds and stammer…

“Before you spoke.  I heard in my head what you were about to say.”

For 45 seconds, we discuss the occurrence.  Coming to an agreement that it was a telepathic experience.

500 seconds later, I’m pouring over Google, trying to find information on telepathy.


Here are my findings…

Telepathy is the communication between two minds, separated over a distance, without the use of the five known senses.

It’s is also considered a form of premonition.  Aka the ability to know the future before it actually happens.

At some point or the other, you may have experienced this.  E.g. Maybe you pick up your cell phone only to have it ring in your hand.  And when you look to see who is.  It’s the person you were just thinking about.


Maybe you were in a race where the miles played out exactly as you envisioned them.

If the latter hasn’t happened to you…

Imagine if each time you toed the starting line you had this feeling of knowing.  No doubt you’d be nabbing PRs on a regular basis.

That’s the superhuman power of telepathy and premonition in action.

And it’s possible when you practice the easy 7-minute mental rehearsal routine found in the first issue of the Runner’s High Newsletter, to reserve your copy, go here:

Back to editing for now.


Barefoot Alex

Marathon Training Secrets of a Barefoot Hippie

I got this question from a friend from Mumbai today:


Hi Alex,

I am running one half marathon per month.  Now, I am planning to run a full marathon in 4 months.

I need guidance from you. Can you help me with a training plan?

Thanks in advance!


What I’m about to say WILL ruffle the feathers of many diehard running coaches.

How come?

Because my approach to marathon training flies in the face of popular opinion.

There’s no lifting involved.  Zippo speed work.  And zero need for 10 hour training weeks.


Because doing too much of these activities accelerates stress levels in the body.  And when the stress piles up.  You start experiencing symptoms such as these:

*Constantly cranky
*Seriously Sore; injury prone
*Goldendoodle-like attention span



Focus on building a rock solid aerobic base.

To accomplish this.  Keep 100% of your runs at an easy conversational pace.

Easy running accomplishes 3 things:

1) It sets the stage for introducing more intense works later down the road.

2) It allows you to run more.  (Which is one the best ways to improve)

3) You won’t be dead tired afterward.  So you can still have the energy to channel towards family responsibilities, a full-time work schedule, and other hobbies.


The biggest problem people face with easy running is that it feels too slow.  Realize this means that your aerobic conditioning needs some serious TLC.  And that more time must be spent building out this underdeveloped system.

The GOOD news is…

In my book “Endurance Secrets”, I am going to show you how to (1) calculate your most efficient easy running pace (2) how to structure a 12-month training plan that takes the guesswork out of what workouts to do and when.  Better yet, this book is free when you invest in a copy of the “Runner’s High” newsletter.

Speaking of the Runner’s High Newsletter…

This baby goes to the printer next Saturday.  So there’s no time for dilly-dally.  Subscribe in time here:


Barefoot Alex

Weird Way to Overcome Race Day Jitters 🏁

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was playing with action figures.

I had cardboard boxes filled with X-Men, Ninja Turtles, Street Sharks, and GI Joes.


I would sit in my room for hours devising intricate storylines.

Inventing worlds with pillows and discarded carpet pieces.  Not stopping until I crafted the perfect setting.

Here’s a sample scene:


Wolverine: Freeze!!

Spiderman: Logan, put down Donatello.  If you want a brawl.  Duke it out with me instead.

Wolverine: Take another step and I shred him to turtle bits.

Superman: Your bone claws are no match for my superhuman strength.  Put.  Him.  Down.

Professor X: Listen to them, Logan.  We mean you no harm.

(Superman and Spiderman inch towards Wolverine)



Donatello’s head goes rolling like a hippie at Bonnaroo.


Scenes like these were my bread and butter.  I’d imagine them all day long.  Only stopping when Mom called me down for dinner.

What’s this got do with you?

Probably nothing.

But it goes to note…

These fictitious episodes (albeit gruesome) where the cornerstone to developing active imagination.

The secret form of communication that works in tandem with the subconscious mind.  And when you practice active imagination often.  The sensations can get very vivid.

Especially when you apply it towards more mature themes.  Like envisioning yourself nabbing a PR on race day.

Speaking of…

Is it just me or do a lot of runners suffer from performance anxiety? (And who can blame them?) I’m not one to doom & gloom, but I AM one to be prepared.  And I believe it all starts before you toe the starting line.

If you want to take a look behind the curtain at the 7-minute mental toughness method I use to combat competition anxiety:

Go here:


Barefoot Alex

P.S. No Ninja Turtles were hurt during this reenactment.

It was all in my head (pun intended) 😉 

My Leadville 100 Horror Story 👻

Let me tell you a story.

But first…We have to fire up the flux capacitor


Ok, now it’s August 2015…

And I’m at mile 38 of the Leadville Trail 100 Run.  Floating along on a buttery single track trail.  Hydration pack on my back.  LUNA Sandals on my feet.

I’m making good time.  Far better than the year before. (where I barely sneaked in under the 30-hour cutoff)

Speaking of the previous year…

I can remember the course like the back of my hand.  But oddly, the trail I’m on looks different.  And I haven’t seen a course marking (or another racer) in close to an hour.

“OMG, WTF! I’m lost”

My runner’s high vanishes as quickly as Chumbawamba’s music career.

I have two choices at this point:

1. Launch myself into oncoming traffic.
2. Haul my arse up the way I came. Huffing it to the next aid station.

Even though I’m cotton-mouthed, starving, and lightheaded (we’re at 10,000 ft after all).  When I reach my crew several odd hours later.  Their signs of relief were evidence I made the right decision.

I placed the dreaded detour behind me.  And absorbed their encouragement for the rest of the race

Crossing the LT100 finish line was pure euphoria. (And a HUGE 100 mile PR)


Thinking back…There was never a doubt to call it quits.


My mindset was dead-set on finishing.

It was unbreakable.  Unshakeable.  Unwavering.

And I’ll show you how I developed this mental toughness in the first issue of the Runner’s High Newsletter.

A word to the wise.

Just because this mental method takes 7 minutes to master.  Doesn’t mean it’s not potent.  It’s a powerful subconscious tool.  Use it for good and NOT for evil.  Only serious inquires click the waitlist link below:


Barefoot Alex

Broken Beer Bottles Are No Match For Naked Feet 🍺

Behold… a cautionary tale.

Was 3 miles into my run commute.  When the sharp jaws of fate clenched their glassy teeth upon my soles.

I winced in pain for 30ft.  Hobbling along like a slug on Valium.  Finally, finding a curb to sit on.

Cradling my right foot, I inspected my big toe.  Where I found a shard of glass firmly mashed into my sole skin.  Most likely a discarded bottle of Bud Lite from the night before.

This puppy wasn’t big.  Maybe the size of a tiny pebble.  But…

Man o man, that sucker hurt worse than squeezed lemons in eye sockets 👀


After a few minutes, (my first attempts were dubs) I was able to extract the glass.

Here’s what it looked like:


Thankfully, the wound wasn’t too deep.  I was able to finish my jaunt.  With no hiccups to my gait.

Moral of the story:

Running isn’t always cupcakes and pixie dust.

Sometimes crappy things happen.  It’s how you respond to the pile of dung that matters most.

What’s the cure?

Entertain a positive outlook.  It is one of the simplest ways to deal with adversity.

But…simple doesn’t mean make it easy.

That’s where my Runner’s High Newsletter comes in. The first issue shows you…

How to bulletproof your mindset to best handle unexpected snags.  It’s broken down into 4 easy to follow steps.  Each one builds on itself.  So even if you are in a running rut.  You can get your head right in as little as 7 minutes of practice a day.

To learn more, get on the VIP waitlist here:

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Barefoot Alex

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