My journey raising daughters in the age of cell phones and social media...

A little about @irunformygirls...

Hi there.  I am Barry also known as @irunformygirls on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  Thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my family.  I hope you find something of value through reading about my experiences as a husband, father, step-father, and ultra-marathoner.  

This blog is about many things.  For starters it is about the struggles I have faced and continue to face as a father of five beautiful girls who are growing up in the age of cell phones and social media.  It is also about how the change to the “social media" society has affected our ability to parent our children “through“ the tough situations they encounter.  It is about how the cumulative result of all of this is in some cases has resulted in an increased number of teenage suicides.  It is about how all of this has affected our "blended" family.  It is about how all of this "stuff" pushed me to run an ultra-marathon, and how in that I found a different and wonderfully accepting community which was unexpected.  


MOST IMPORTANTLY, this blog is about my "WHY".  They say that to run a 100 miles you need to have a reason "why".  Ultra-runner and filmmaker Billy Yang created a wonderful movie about his 2017 Leadville 100 Trail-race experience.  In his movie, "THE WHY | Running 100 Miles" Billy talks about why "we" do it.  As you read through these blog posts you will understand more about my "why", and how this relates to my family as a whole and my girls.  Why, #irunformygirls.  

DISCLAIMER:  As you read through my posts please keep in mind that I am sharing my emotions, opinions, and experiences that I have had to walk through.  I'm not an expert on any of the topics on which I write.  I'm just an average husband and dad who loves his wife and kids.  Please only take the good from this, and none of the bad.  

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story.  I hope and pray that my experiences have a positive impact on your life, and if they don't, then you can always go for a run.  


I look forward to seeing you on the trails.  @irunformygirls

Running at the Javelina Jundred 100K on October 26, 2019.  This was my first 100K ultra-marathon.

Running at the Javelina Jundred 100K on October 26, 2019.  This was my first 100K ultra-marathon.

About Us...

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Our Family...

Our Running...

Our Family...

More about my beautiful wife JenJen, my girls, my step-son, and our pets...(we have no family picture with Thorn included-ask his mother about this)...

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The Girls...

Our Running...

Our Family...

Even more detail about my FIVE wonderful daughters...I'm sorry, but I do brag about them...

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Our Running...

Our Running...

Our Running...

A little about mine and JenJen's training, our races, and running ultramarathons...