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I'm right behind you! Pumpkin Holler 50k race report

Pumpkin Holler 50k is a rolling gravel course that follows the Illinois river, farms and the hills of Cherokee County, Ok. That would be my race today. It’s the end of the season for me. It’s been a packed spring/summer with amazing…


Added by Lori Enlow on October 18, 2014 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

Is that a Sulcata drafting off me?!

(Sulcata: aka Spur Thigh Tortoise)

Ok, so it's now something like five weeks since I started to change things up to some type of approximation of proper form, function and an illusion of speed.  Time for another update. (as much for me to look back on as anything, I suppose)

I guess I should recap.  In the first five weeks of this "class" I'm in, I managed to over-strain my left lcl, flirt with shin splints (I'm told) and pull a hammy.  That was running my old way, and…


Added by Allen Rothery on October 17, 2014 at 9:19pm — 4 Comments

Race Report-2014 Melbourne Marathon, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Finish Line

Yesturday while competing in the Melbourne Marathon one could say I had both the worst of days and the best of days but I will choose the best of days. But let me start at the begining.

We arrived at the MCG, (Melbourne Cricket Ground) where the start and finish would be, placing our dry clothing bag in the bagging area by 6.15am and walked to the starting area which is about 10 minutes walk. It was about 10 Deg C for the start so though it was crisp it was not so cold you were…


Added by Robert Burpee on October 15, 2014 at 2:47am — 3 Comments

You've lost that burned out feelin', oh that burned out feelin'

You’ve lost that burned out feelin’, oh that burned out feelin’

"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how…


Added by Eric Welsh on October 13, 2014 at 10:51am — 5 Comments

Peak Fitness - Being Your Best

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…


Added by Eric Orton on October 10, 2014 at 9:00am — 3 Comments


For some reason today felt like the first run since The Rut. It wasn’t. I’ve been running most days since the race, but I don't remember feeling much when I ran after the Rut. Maybe circumstance, my mother-in-law dying, maybe fatigue, or likely both, but today was the first day I EXPERIENCED my run. I felt alive and aware again. And I felt a deep connection with nature. I don't know that you can experience it through my ramblings, but I wish you could feel it. ...It is…


Added by Lori Enlow on October 10, 2014 at 8:24am — No Comments

Nearing The End of TCI Plan/Race Day Appoaching

Just 5 weeks left until my HM following a season of the TCI training plan. I timed my training so that phase 2, week 9 would be my taper week. I repeated weeks 1-4 of phase 2, similar to suggestions I read from Eric in the forum. I am thinking about changing up my remaining long runs, however, since I have repeated those weeks and am approaching race day. Instead of running rolling hills, I am thinking about running relatively flat routes in HRZ 1-2 and finishing my runs  at half-marathon…


Added by Patrick Garrick on October 8, 2014 at 11:05am — 1 Comment

Getting back in the game

Well ... my summer didn't really turn out the way I had hoped it would. I had planned for a local "extreme" race and two half-marathons and I had to cancel all of them. And rather than spending my summer running, the pain I've been experiencing in my right foot got worse and I eventually had to withdraw from running for 6 weeks :(

On a brighter side, I've been allowed to start running again and have been able to go up to 6.5 km so far without any problems. My physiotherapist…


Added by Mikael Evander on October 6, 2014 at 1:14pm — 3 Comments

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"Flagstaff Skyrace final is in 4 days. I won't be there. I will be here with my family as we help my mother-in-law pass this life. I made the final decision this morning, and I have a sense of relief"...I started that entry on 9/30/14, I didn't know how much time she had left. We lost her that night. I can't really put my feelings into words. Everything kinda came to a screeching halt.  We knew it was coming,  but it still felt sudden. It's also hard for me to realize the race series is over…


Added by Lori Enlow on October 2, 2014 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

Week 130 - Ben on Foot release!

Ok, so if you'll forgive me, this is the pretty much obligatory post to let you all know that my book, Ben on Foot, is out now! For you guys who pre-ordered the limited edition first print, they're on their way :)

It's about how I went from a complete non-runner, to running ultra distances in about a year, culminating in my showdown with a self-planned 130-mile jaunt across south-west England. It's not a training guide, more of a personal account with a few lessons sprinkled…


Added by Ben Brewer on September 29, 2014 at 6:02am — 3 Comments

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 — 3 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 — 11 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

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Phase 1 Complete. On to Phase 2! Plus a marathon question

Started by Mike Capka in Run Training. Last reply by Mike Capka yesterday. 12 Replies

I just completed my 20 minute test run to complete phase 1. I will say that I am very impressed by how the program has helped. It is hard to see the changes day by day and these tests help show the…Continue

Strategic Running Foundation App?

Started by Ben Brewer in Run Training. Last reply by Robert Burpee Oct 13. 1 Reply

A while ago, there was a bit of discussion about ways to encourage the Cool Impossible community and a random thought I had a few days ago brought a possible idea to mind - what about an app to…Continue

Phase 2 question

Started by Scott in Training Plan Questions. Last reply by Eric Orton Oct 7. 1 Reply

0Lateral foot painby ScottyesterdayThe good news is that I just finished phase 1 (except for the re-test week) and ran just over 13.1mi on Saturday (building up to 145min as per the training…Continue

Knee Drive Forward or Knee Drive Up?

Started by john hudak in The Cool Impossible. Last reply by Eric Orton Oct 7. 1 Reply

Hello folks!  The idea of knee drive has become a thing of curiosity for me.  Eric talks a lot about forward knee drive, and when I see someone's knees go forward, I also see them go up.  So what I…Continue

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