All Blog Posts (708)

Have a goal - stay on track

Back in September 2015 I spent a few days in Jackson Hole with Eric on one of his run camps

I’d been hatching a Cool Impossible to run (solo) one of the long distance footpaths in the UK. I challenge not only of running ability but also navigation and logistical support.

The run camp provided a…

Continue

Added by Rich Warne on November 13, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

How Balanced Are You: Speed vs. Endurance

How Balanced Are You?

When I start working with a new athlete, I analyze how balanced they are between their speed and endurance. 

Just like the program in The…

Continue

Added by Eric Orton on November 3, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Race Report - Jack's 50k (2017)

My first ultra-marathon is now in the books.  Wasn't a fabulous finishing time, but I finished.

This year's Jack's 50k in Palm Coast, FL was six laps of the 5-ish mile Male Compra Greenway Trail and mountain bike course, plus a half mile to/from the…

Continue

Added by Jacob Cossairt on October 25, 2017 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Knee Pain and Hip Tightness: Leg Extension

If you are experiencing "runners Knee" with discomfort on top of knee, under knee, or on the medial side of the knee, you might be keeping your legs too bent.

If your legs remain too bent throughout the running gait, you are prone to stressing your quads too much and 'turning off' or not using crucial…

Continue

Added by Eric Orton on October 17, 2017 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Change Your Perspective - Elevate Your Performance

I stood high on this peak during the Fall season in the Tetons, enjoying the reward of magnificent views that come from 6,000+ feet of running and climbing.  I took the below winter photo during a ten mile run.  These two photos grasp the beauty of the Tetons in different ways, BUT also show the SAME peak in…

Continue

Added by Eric Orton on October 16, 2017 at 4:37pm — 4 Comments

Bighorn 100 2017 Race Report

Warning, this is almost longer than the race itself.....above PC @ Charles Danforth.

After 14 hours of driving, I arrived in Sheridan WY on Wednesday evening before the race. My two pacers/crew, David…

Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on July 2, 2017 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Jemez 50 mile race report

 

This was a “training through” race. My big race is Bighorn 100 in 4 weeks. The goal was to have really good focus in this race, to do well, but not go out too hard and have to recover much in the days following the race. I need to be able to put…

Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 21, 2017 at 4:56pm — 1 Comment

Cool Impossible goals and self doubt

 

When I first read Cool Impossible back in 2013 my original “Cool Impossible” running goals were all time based, and essentially based around achieving ever better half marathon PBs

A disappointing half marathon result in October 2014 followed by a period of reflection after my 2nd London Marathon in April 2015 led me to revise my goals – a never ending quest to continually shave seconds off race times not only seemed ultimately futile (I’d naturally hit a limit –…

Continue

Added by Rich Warne on April 3, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments

Snake Run Race and Inner Demons

Tulsa Area Trail and Ultra Runner’s (TATUR) Snake Run is timed event. There is a 3 hour and 6 hour division. The goals is to run as many miles, all on single track trail, as you can in the time allowed. The course is a 3.75ish loop, with 1 smaller 0.5…

Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on March 28, 2017 at 12:43pm — 1 Comment

Fall in Love With Digging Dirt

There is this misconception out there that if you want to pursue your dreams and cool impossibles, you have to know exactly what you’re doing. Just look around at all those other, more successful people out there. They move through life with a crisp smile and no body fat, and you ask them, “how’s it going”,…

Continue

Added by Eric Orton on February 9, 2017 at 1:10pm — 19 Comments

2016 The North Face Endurance Challenge Championships San Francisco!!!

A whole different experience this year and a nice platform for next year’s training….

I checked in with friends and hosts Ashley and Michael on Thursday evening after arriving in San Francisco. We headed to the pre-race…

Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on December 14, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Thrasher Night Run 30k desert Mountain trails

This race takes place in the North Phoenix community of Cave Creek. Flagstaff has already cooled down to evening temps in the 40s, so the car’s outside temperature reading of 90 as we rolled into the area made me a bit nervous. I had also downed a yummy frozen custard treat about an hour before that was now making me a bit nauseated.



We arrived a bit early, so I took off to do a little pre race warm up. My goal race is now The North Face Endurance…

Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on October 20, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Born To Run - 10 Years On

Hi Everyone,

I hope your running is going strong and well.  This year marked the 10 year anniversary of my Born To Run adventure to the Copper Canyon.  In honor of this, I was invited to visit Oaxaca Mexico this past August for a 3 day run adventure.  The purpose of this was to explore the Oaxaca region, running from town to town.  This is a lawless state that operates independent of the Mexican government, with a focus on eco-tourism and harmony.

We ran 100k within the 3 day…

Continue

Added by Eric Orton on October 10, 2016 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

Home Grown Adventures

Home Grown Adventures! When I was with Eric last September at his run camp we talked about a new direction for my running, at the time I was tired of…

Continue

Added by Rich Warne on May 17, 2016 at 5:46am — 5 Comments

1 mile and 20 min Test

Just finished my reassessment of my 1 mile and 20 min tests after doing the 11 week program out of the Born to Run book. The 20 min average HR went from 141 to 157. My 1 mile went from 8:18 to 7:15. That was done the day after riding my single speed for 50 miles. I definitely believe in the program.

Robert

Added by Robert Huizenga on April 10, 2016 at 3:01pm — 4 Comments

Year Number 5

I just caught Eric's interview on the Connect Run Podcast while on my 8-miler yesterday. Excellent interview, Eric! While listening, it reminded me of how far I had come as a runner since I started 5 years ago and how The Cool Impossible had helped become a better runner.

I was diagnosed with hypertension about 7 years ago at age 36. At the time, I was a smoker of 17 years, sitting around much of the day, and eating fast food regularly. Somehow, I had deluded myself…

Continue

Added by Patrick Garrick on April 3, 2016 at 8:40am — 2 Comments

It's going to be a Giant year!

Yup, I'm gonna do it. I'm going to Giants. Tor Des Geants, that is. It's a 200+ mile race following the Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 around the Italian Alps. There will be 24,000 meters/78,000 ft of climbing...and descending. It is a single stage race, meaning there is no designated down time for rest. You rest as much or as little as you need, but the race goes on. We have 150 hours to complete the course. There will be "life bases" every 30 ish miles with cots and showers and hot food.…

Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on March 15, 2016 at 8:46am — 3 Comments

for the love....

I’ve been running for years, (like 23 of them), but only started my true love affair with running 4-5 years ago when I sought Eric Orton to coach me to my first ultra marathon. At that time I didn’t “love” running. I ran for years for fitness and to…

Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on February 18, 2016 at 6:16pm — 2 Comments

Run slow to go faster?

After my time with Eric last September his plan was for me to run as much as possible in HRZ2 which for me is 134 to 144 BPM, Aiming to build endurance. At first it felt weird because its so 'slow'. But after several months I can feel my endurance building. And my pace and heart rates are interesting as well! Based on 10 mile and more runs, Averages are

November 13:15 min mile with HR 145

January 12:47 min mile HR 139

February 11:12 min mile HR 140

Want to go faster for…

Continue

Added by Rich Warne on February 15, 2016 at 12:27pm — 6 Comments

Phase I week 11

Yea.....I'm not a consistent journal writer or blogger.   I have been working on the 'Cool Impossible' book training program  for the past 11 weeks.  I thought I would update in case someone was interested. The workouts have been very motivating and challenging at the same time.  Its nice that you can read a chapter in the book about the 'why' you are doing a particular run.  Some of the speed hill days have taken me back to childhood cross country days.   The coaches never…

Continue

Added by Paul J. Russell on February 11, 2016 at 12:55pm — 4 Comments

Monthly Archives

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

1999

Connect

Partners

The Cool Impossible by Eric Orton

The Cool Impossible: Run Beyond Limits

 
“this is by far one of the best training books of the past decade.” - Competitor Magazine

Order links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Penguin | Indie Bound

 

EO Mountain Running Academy

Forum

Cross Training

Started by Douglas Berlin in Eric's Training (Tips Included). Last reply by Douglas Berlin Nov 16. 2 Replies

Plantar Faciitis

Started by Emily Canning in Strength Training. Last reply by Eric Orton Oct 30. 3 Replies

Shoes choice?

Started by Tom Romaniuk in Eric's Training (Tips Included). Last reply by Eric Orton Oct 26. 9 Replies

Don't buy the B2R Trail Shoes!!

Started by Martin Stewart in Born to Run. Last reply by Eric Orton Oct 24. 1 Reply

Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Badge

Loading…

© 2017   Created by Eric Orton.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Offline

Live Video