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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 — 5 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

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 — 3 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 — 7 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 — 4 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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