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How many years have you been running?
34 years
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Everyone of my athlete's
What is your greatest running accomplishment?
I run for a living!
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Global Running - one runner per household

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Coaches are always faced with choices. You can take the familiar route and do what you have always done, following the crowd and yielding to conventional wisdom. It’s easy, and there’s no risk involved—unless you consider long-term stagnation a risk.

My approach to endurance run training is a bit different. I use conventional wisdom as a starting point and proceed from there to develop innovative training programs for runners who want to turn their potential into desired results.

But my approach to training is more than just change for the sake of change. Being innovative keeps me alert and involved with the latest research and applications of scientific training principles.
For me, the goal is to develop complete athletes, ready to perform up to their potential and exceed their expectations. My approach to training has been featured in the New York Times best seller Born To Run, Men’s Health, Esquire, Men’s Journal and Ski Magazine; specific workouts have been featured on ESPN’s Cold Pizza.

As the former Director of Fitness at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, I’m a certified Functional Training Specialist, a Certified Sports Hypnotist, and hold coaching certifications from both USA Triathlon and USA Cycling.

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Home Grown Adventure: Cache Peak

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

With Teton National Park 30 minutes up the road from my house, this usually gets most of my attention for running.  But this Fall I decided to change things up and look to create some run projects that are even closer to home and focus on exploring more vertical gain, peaks, and off-trail ridge line link ups (…


Peak Fitness - Being Your Best

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 9:00am 4 Comments

If your run fitness was a one of these mountains, which one would you rather it be?  Either can have a good foundation, but one is very distinct - it draws you in.  You imagine what it is like at the top.  In some ways it looks impossible to climb, but if you look long and hard, you begin to see…


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At 11:26pm on July 29, 2014, Joe Cruz said…
Hello Mr Orton. My name is Joe Cruz from Albuquerque NM. I have read Born to run and now I've started your book The Cool Impossible. I've reached the start of your training regiment in the book. I purchased the board bundle pack today. I am excited to get started ! I truly believe in what you say about having your muscles work together. I have become more aware of my body considering my last year and half when I tore my meniscus and pcl. My recovery has forced me to listen to my body and pay close attention to what I can take. I have a couple of questions but I think I know the answer. First is , with my surgery in mind. My recovery has gone well but now the leg that didn't have the operation has been compensating for so long it is starting to give trouble. I am off balance and I believe I just need to build my base witch your program will help me ! I am excited:). Is there something you might add ? Also I have severe plantars fasciitis. I have not read the entire book witch I am sure you explain. So I am sorry if you do. I've tried everything to rid me of this problem. Will strengthening my feet with your program get rid of it all together ? Is their something else you might add to the program ?
Thank you so much for your knowledge of running and simplifying the run. Work smarter not harder !;) It is an honor to be writing you.
Joseph Cruz.
At 4:01am on May 29, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Thank You very much for the support Eric it means a lot.

At 9:19pm on May 19, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Hi Again Eric, I've tried another device and the web page is working fine, it's obviously this computer. Thanks again for your quick reply and I appologise for bothering you with this. Regards Robert

At 8:15pm on May 19, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Thanks Eric for the quick responce and feed back, I will try what you have suggested.

I forgot to tell you, you might remember that I gave a copy of the TCI to my Chiropractor as a gift a few months ago, anyway, he has now bought copies of the TCI for the waiting rooms of his 2 premises. 

Thanks again for the responce.

At 7:33pm on May 19, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Hi Eric I've tried to view this site several times to no avail, I refreshed the page, gone back to it later, changed my settings but I can't open it for the life of me. Any suggestions as I'm interested in the bundle. Thanks Robert

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At 5:13am on April 27, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Hi Eric, just wanted to wish you every success with the TCI launch into China.

At 12:39am on April 23, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Congratulations Eric on 12,000 members you must be very proud of what you have achieved here. Well Done!!

Thank you for this place, the advice, the encouragement and the comradery.

At 11:36pm on April 21, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Hi Eric hope you and your family had a peaceful and happy Easter.

My question pertains to posting a blog. Yesterday I posted a blog and when I signed off it was awaiting approval, however today I can not find it here anywhere. Does this mean it wasn't approved or have I or my computer not forwarded it correctly. This has also happened once before when I posted the mile speed zones that I have converted to Km's.

Any help or advice to stop this happening again would be great. I sent you a message using the message option your page, then realized you may not monitor that forum.

Cheers Robert

At 1:21pm on April 18, 2014, Rich Warne said…

Hi Eric - all good thanks & appreciate you asking. Been doing some decorating over the Easter Holiday so had some time to think through the last race. Now focusing on the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October. I put some thoughts about the last race on my blog 1:25@50 - mainly around tweaking and focusing on my speed zone 3 targets. But the mojo is back and am really excited about the October race. Once again many thanks for all the support and encouragment - it's really appreciated. Cheers - Rich

At 5:45pm on November 13, 2013, Amber Lindley said…

LOL. Eric I live in Northern BC so we are just getting our snow.  By Dec we will be looking at FEET of snow and usually -20.  Jan/Feb can get as cold as -40 with wind chill making it -50.  BUT we get lots of chinooks and sunshine;)  I hate the hampster wheel so when I can, I will be running on trails and dressing warm;)  It is beautiful but cold;)  I will have to experiment with layering and have lots of merino wool;)  Once I get going, you will have to come for a ice year my Tough Mudder team decided in Jan we would go for a hike through the trails, at a mere -20.  I couldnt feel my legs by the time we were done;)  Good times!!  Canadian Chicks are Crazy they say...I tend to agree.  I will get the slant boards and see where that takes me and proceed from there.  Thanks!


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