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You Will Never Know If You Don't Go

Hi everyone, I thought I'd share this as it underlines everything Eric tries to teach us about embracing the unknown.

I've been getting sore feet and ankles for the past few weeks, nothing I havn't been able to cope with but all the same my left foot in particular has been giving me some grief. I think it's because I've transitioned out of my orthotics altogether while I'm running, I haven't been wearing them at all no matter what the run might be. 

Last Sunday 22km into a 30km…


Added by Robert Burpee on September 20, 2014 at 9:59pm — 2 Comments

Madagascar Stage Race Report 2014

I boarded a plane on Tuesday August 26th to travel across the world to race for 7 days in Madagascar.  It took 2 days to get there.  Over 25 hours sitting on planes!!!  Once I arrived I began to meet and bond with other racers.  Traveling in a developing country adds to the challenge.  Transportation, food, language .... are very different in Madagascar.  There is no organization, it is basically a free for all.  Many racers had to pay a bribe to get their race gear on the plane.…


Added by Margot W on September 15, 2014 at 9:50am — 3 Comments

TCI - Week 1 Phase 1 done

Week 1 Phase 1


Yesterday I did the long run concluding week 1 of my TCI-journey. Quite fun to follow a specific and professional training plan for the first time of my life. Since I did a short 9,3 km trail-race on wednesday (finished 9th out of 60!) I had to alter this weeks program a little. Had an average bpm of 191 during the race, and legs felt heavy the next 3 days. Therefor I spent a total of 9 days to complete week 1,…


Added by Eivind Hegnar on September 15, 2014 at 1:26am — No Comments

The Rut 50k Race Report

as usual, it is 3:30 am post race and after several hours of trying to sleep I have given up. Small fits of sleep interrupted by dreams of rocks, roots, amazing views, the sudden catch of a toe and the sense of falling, then jerking wide awake. These post race dreams used to frighten and frustrate me, now they simply cause a sigh and sometimes a giggle reminding me of the crazy adventure I just laid out. I saw views from places that most never dare venture, and even fewer do on…


Added by Lori Enlow on September 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Getting passed by turtles.

I'm a big'un. 6 foot, 270#. (Yeah, I'm seriously built for this). I've always been athletic. I was the catcher for my baseball teams and offensive guard and defensive tackle on my football teams. I could get up a head of steam and clobber somebody into next week as long as it was within twenty or thirty yards of where I launched from. At 46, I can still swim for miles and usually only leave the water because I'm out of time, not out of breath/energy. What I have never been able to do is run. If… Continue

Added by Allen Rothery on September 14, 2014 at 7:56am — 5 Comments

A little Rez runnin'....

I got the opportunity to visit Tuba City, Arizona this week. Met some wonderful folks at the Tuba City Hospital. Tuba city is on the Navajo reservation, about 70 miles northeast of Flagstaff. After visiting the hospital, I drove around town, trying to plot out the next morning's run. Not much to the…


Added by Lori Enlow on September 6, 2014 at 5:01pm — 3 Comments

Two weeks into transition - and I have the sore calves to prove it!

Well, after a couple of days off in agony following my total failure to read TCI properly (see previous blog) I have now completed the first two weeks of my transition to performance running.…


Added by Richard Buckley on September 3, 2014 at 2:55pm — 3 Comments

My 'Cool Impossible' journey towards Transgrancanaria 2015 - Pt. 0

Preliminary tests:

5 km:

Max bpm: 200

Avr. bpm: 190

1 mile:

Time: 5:51

My Movescount


1 year ago, on the 7th of September 2013 I ran my first ultramarathon here in Denmark. It was "only" 54 km long, and with a positive altitude gain of…


Added by Eivind Hegnar on September 3, 2014 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Just finished TCI Phase 1 Week 1

Today marks the end of my first week of the Strategic Running Foundation program's phase 1.

My initial test results (last week) were:

One-Mile Run

Average HR = 171 bpm

Max HR = 180 bpm

Total Time =  8:42

20-Minute Run

Average HR = 163 bpm

Max HR = 173 bpm

Average Min / Mile =  10:10 min / mi



Added by Jacob Cossairt on August 30, 2014 at 11:26pm — 1 Comment

Progressing Slowly

Three - four weeks ago I  bought a new pair of NB 1090-V4 which have an 8mm drop and ever since then I have been running without any orthotics at all. Before then, I have for some time, not used orthotics in my day to day shoes but in my runners which were NB 1080-V3, I was still wearing them.

Since early April when I received my B2R Trail shoes I have been slowly transitioning into them while still using the NB 1080 with my orthotics. Most weeks I run at…


Added by Robert Burpee on August 30, 2014 at 5:17am — No Comments

My Experience at La Ultra 2014; My CI

Hi Folks! I am back after an amazing fortnight in the Himalayas (Ladakh area of Jammu and Kashmir in India). The La Ultra 2014 was everything that it was touted to be. It was a brutal race because of the many variables - altitude, distance, gradients, temperature changes etc. 15 runners from 10 countries showed up at the Start Line and one finished. 

My CI did not pan out as well as I hoped because my runner Allen had to drop out for medical reasons about 7 hours into the…


Added by Double A on August 26, 2014 at 4:59am — 2 Comments

Finally Started Foundation Program

It's taken 8 months of strength training and limiting myself to 4 x 30 minute runs per week when injury pain would allow to actually start on the Foundation Program.  I suppose I could have started sooner but each time I tried to push myself during that period with hill sprints or strides I'd experience another injury flare up and knew that something just wasn't right with my technique. I wanted to start when I knew that I'd be able to see it through.

I still have some…


Added by Jill Brennan on August 23, 2014 at 8:12pm — 3 Comments

A Compromise, A Revelation, and my First Mistake

So, time to make a start on the Cool Impossible journey

Essential equipment:

  • GPS watch and heart rate monitor - Got
  • The Cool Impossible - Got
  • Ski poles - Got
  • Swiss ball - Borrowed
  • Slant board - Need
  • Stability board - Need
  • Minimal running shoes - Need

A Compromise:

Checking on the B2R website, I couldn’t source (for UK delivery) the slant board and stability board without…


Added by Richard Buckley on August 21, 2014 at 3:36am — 1 Comment

Week 124

How do you help someone who doesn't want any help?

Possibly an unusual question to ask in a blog about running, but bear with me - I've been thinking some about a run last weekend and I reckon it's a question I'd like to open up to you guys.

Sunday morning, around 4am, was the start of my latest run to a nearby(ish) local beach, at Saunton. This is the same route that I wrote about here,…


Added by Ben Brewer on August 19, 2014 at 1:46pm — 3 Comments

Halfway there...the weird and unlikely

Well, I’m halfway there….2 races down in the US Skyrunning Ultra Series and 2 to go. I am amazed at how far I’ve come physically, mentally, spiritually... and how much further I am going to get the opportunity to go in just one summer. Besides running, life has taken a few twists and turns as well, as it does. Right now a little summer cold has me slowed down, giving me a moment or two to either get really irritated about it...or instead, eat some chicken soup in front of the…


Added by Lori Enlow on August 19, 2014 at 11:45am — 7 Comments

Inspirational, Scary, Make or Break time

I was at my cousin’s house last weekend and flicked through a copy of "The Cool Impossible", her husband said he’d briefly read it, there were some interesting running philosophies and that I should I take it home with me and read it.

I brought it home with me, read it over the course of the next two days and genuinely thought I’d found the answer to my recurring running injuries and problems (more of these later). For the first time in a very long time, I feel genuinely…


Added by Richard Buckley on August 15, 2014 at 3:19pm — 6 Comments

Week 123

I'm feeling a lot better.

Not that I've been feeling ill, or anything like that necessarily - just that now I'm feeling better.

I mentioned in my last blog post that once worrying about the b-word is all done and out of the way, I'll be able to relax and actually think about just running again and you know what? I think it's starting to happen. As far as the whole literary thing goes, I've set all of those wheels in motion and aside from occasionally lubing them over…


Added by Ben Brewer on August 11, 2014 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments

Training for Madagascar Stage Race

I have been away for awhile because of family stuff.  It looks like a lot of great things are happening here.

 I thought I would give an update on my training for Madagascar.  This is a self supported 6 stage 7 day race in northern Madagascar.  The 1st 4 stages are 25 mile days, the 5th stage is 50 miles, and the last stage is 6 miles.  I carry everything I need for 7 days (toilet paper, food, sleeping bag, extra cloths, emergency stuff...). I have gotten my pack down to about 15 lbs.…


Added by Margot W on August 7, 2014 at 7:23pm — 5 Comments

Today's Thoughts: Real Performance

Today's Thoughts: Running Ultras is all about performing when everything goes wrong.

It is easy to perform when things are going well, but just like in life, 'real' performance is about how we act…


Added by Eric Orton on August 7, 2014 at 10:03am — 12 Comments

Foundation Program - Week 7-10

Hello again! My apologies for the long delay in sharing my continued experiences with the Foundation Program. 

Like I mentioned in the previous post, I took a 4 day break from the program and revisited Week 7 again. I am happy to report that I managed to stick to the recommended program for Weeks 7-10 without much difficulty. I did experience a little calf soreness in Week 9 and 10 after my long run on Sunday. So I did not do the first optional run of the week; basically took…


Added by Double A on August 5, 2014 at 4:51am — 2 Comments

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