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WHY WE RUN by Bernd Heinrich

Right off the bat I have to say that I disagree with Eric and Rich's assessment of this book. They wrote here that they both found it "hard to get into and as a result did not like it very much". I on the other hand found it to be engrossing, engaging and a very enjoyable to read.…


Added by Robert Burpee on December 20, 2014 at 5:12am — 2 Comments

Progressive exercise

having now spent almost a month at level one I am impressed by the gains and changes to my strength and posture.

I haven't been able to spend as much time as I should on the fit-ball but have managed to dedicate time every day to the exercises and drills.

I am still not completely pain free in my gastroc/soleous and will attempt to run post a fitness test 24/12/14. 30 x pain free full extension calf raises and single leg hopping. Continuing with self massage/trigger point roller and… Continue

Added by Richard Walker on December 19, 2014 at 3:57am — 1 Comment

...It feels a little sloppier on the inside

“What I've written seems a little bit too neat, it feels a little sloppier on the inside”....Those were my words when I asked coach to look at my blog post before I posted it. And that really sums up how I feel about some awareness that’s coming around. I’ve never asked anyone to look at my blogs before I post them. I don’t want to change my words based on someone else’s opinion. I see blogs as thoughts, not right or wrong, but a demonstration of where one is at a given point…


Added by Lori Enlow on December 11, 2014 at 11:03pm — 5 Comments

It's been a while.....

Almost forgot about this brilliant community hub, not that  I have forgotten what I have learnt from the Cool impossible though..... still running, still watching the foot strike, leg stance etc......... I feel amazing. 

I am no ultra runner, nor am I fast or super fit.....I don't care......well I say that, I have my aspirations of running a 50 miler in 2016 if my plan works out. Until then, I am just enjoying the run with the dogs, out on the moors and the fields, along canal…


Added by Gary Tuck (Tuckiaki Running) on December 7, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Holy Galloping Middle-aged Ninja Tortioses, Bat Dude!

So there I was, my whole life hanging on my ability to shave 40-some seconds off of my 1.5 mile run in 7 days.  For me, this would be as easy as juggling bubbling lava while quoting The Bard in the "original" Cantonese.  Yeah, it's just like that.  My new shoes still felt new.  My new running watch had two runs saved to memory and I was seriously wondering if I had the mental capacity to walk and chew gum (or run and remember how to operate the watch) at the same time.  This was about the…


Added by Allen Rothery on December 5, 2014 at 9:15pm — 4 Comments

Thank You All For This Journey

A year ago today I joined the conversation, joined the Cool Impossible family that has crystallised & distilled my path & journey towards my own Cool Impossible. This wonderful place of support & ideas where genuine people give of themselves to support & help you achieve your own Cool Impossible what ever it maybe. The willingness of everyone to share their collective wisdom & journey is both staggering & beautiful where no matter your ability or knowledge you are an… Continue

Added by Robert Burpee on December 4, 2014 at 5:01pm — 1 Comment

Getting back to normal :-)

Hi All

Sorry haven't posted for a while, life work family (same for all) just wanted to share how the running is going!

Just getting back to normal after having a break from running

In the short time that I have been ruining I have quickly got back to running to half marathon distance within four weeks, but what I found exciting (it was not the time :-(

But how un-tired I felt having a better foot strike, lead to a better stance, lead to a more economical stride I hope I can… Continue

Added by Charlie Mullane on December 4, 2014 at 4:28am — No Comments

First in Reverse or Last Mule to the Barn

“It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse.”

~ Ann Trason ~


First in Reverse or Last Mule to the Barn…


Added by Eric Welsh on November 23, 2014 at 3:46pm — 9 Comments

Why I Run...

The greatest gift we can give to this world....and ultimately ourselves is....our self, the unfiltered, unshielded plain and simple, fully in the moment, in the person in front of us, self. Not the yeaterday, tomorrow or 5 minutes from now, but…


Added by Lori Enlow on November 22, 2014 at 9:30am — 9 Comments

Mid-November HRZ2 run

Ran 6.5 miles in HRZ2 the other night. Although I'm still pretty slow, my pace was 30 sec per mile faster than last January's half marathon race pace. The big difference though? My average heart rate was 40 bpm lower than during the half. Hopefully that translates to a much faster pace in next January's half.

Added by Jacob Cossairt on November 20, 2014 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

Onward and upward

I can breathe...I can breathe! My biopsy results show no evidence of cancer, and like that, I broke through the surface, my lungs filled with air, an I filled with inexplicable gratitude. I truly believe everything happens for a reason, so I look forward to the manifestation of those reasons, what this will develop in me and through me. Onward and upward.

Added by Lori Enlow on November 17, 2014 at 8:06pm — 5 Comments


The past few blogs have not been about mountain running, but mountain running has taught me how to approach this life climb. Yesterday I went under anesthesia to biopsy my bladder. I’ve had some post running blood in my urine, prompting the evaluation that led to finding a couple of spots on my bladder.

I think about how I would have approached and dealt with this 3 years ago, before running changed my whole way of thinking. The world is bigger and I am much smaller. Life and our…


Added by Lori Enlow on November 14, 2014 at 12:46pm — 7 Comments

My Cool Impossible Update

Well, it was a great end to my season. I crushed my previous HM by over 5 minutes! Thanks to Eric for the book and his replies to this forum over the year as well as to all of you who have participated here. I am sore in all the right places this morning (calves, glutes, and hip flexors), so I know that I transitioned well.

Aside from the increased weekly mileage and the form tweaks, the rolling hills long runs in phase 2 helped e the most I believe, since my race had about 4 miles of…


Added by Patrick Garrick on November 10, 2014 at 10:18am — 2 Comments

Finished Phase 1

It took an extra week but I've now finished Phase 1 of the Foundation program and I've been pleased with the improvements in my running.

A friend asked me if I thought I was running faster now than before I had my run of injuries and I'm not sure that I am (yet) but I definitely feel stronger and more confident with my running.

1 mile test

  5th August    3rd November

Added by Jill Brennan on November 8, 2014 at 7:24pm — 7 Comments

Turn and Burn Duathlon report

I've just recently started looking into duathlons. About a month ago I found one that was a sprint distance on mountain bike trails. I tentatively drove up this morning, not sure how I was going to do, especially nervous about how fast the times from last year were. I know I shouldn't care about my time but if I'm honest, there is a small part of that doesn't want to be dead last. But someone's gotta be right?

We had lots of rain yesterday and I thought they might cancel the race.…


Added by Karen Blackert on November 2, 2014 at 1:04pm — 4 Comments

Running siesta

On my way to our next race, World's Highest Hill 5 miler, no I am not driving and blogging!. I won't be running this one though. I won't be running for a few weeks. This is normally the time of year I take a little "running siesta", but a visit to the doctor this week dictated a little sooner than expected break. I experienced some, well actually a lot of blood in my urine after the past couple of races. This may be where you want to stop reading. I've debated blogging about this, since it… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on November 1, 2014 at 9:15am — 3 Comments

BEN ON FOOT by Ben Brewer

Hi everyone

A few days ago I finished reading Bens book, "Ben On Foot" and I wanted to let you all know how much I enjoyed reading it. The book flows, is easy to read and draws the reader in so that the reader is able to experience and be a part of Ben's journey. You, well I was any way, with him in my minds eye every step of the way, seeing what he saw and felt through his words. He lays out in front of you the genisis of his idea to run 130 miles, his doubts, fears, joys, elations…


Added by Robert Burpee on October 31, 2014 at 6:28am — 1 Comment

Tulsa Run 15k race report

Whelp, Tulsa Run 15k is goal was to negative split the course. I have a hard time with patience. I go out fast on shorter races. I have run this race several times now and always love the course, a nice flattish run from downtown along the Riverparks and back. This is a race we would have fun with. Coach set up pace parameters keep me reigned in early on.

The night before the race we drove to Tulsa and went out to dinner. We ate at a usual spot about 3 or 4 miles East of the race… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on October 30, 2014 at 12:17am — 3 Comments

Home Grown Adventure: Cache Peak

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 (…


Added by Eric Orton on October 26, 2014 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Go Daddy

No, not the Danica Patrick version! I'm talking about my father. He is a big part of the reason that I've been a runner for almost 23 years. He has been a runner since he was 13 years old- he's told me stories of taking a lawn mower to a field across the street from where he lived and mowing a personal track, hidden among the tall weeds. He says that he loved to go run and run after school, where no one could see him, the smell of the sweet hay filling his nose, and all his worries would…


Added by Karen Blackert on October 23, 2014 at 6:45am — 4 Comments

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