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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

We Are All Ultra Runners

By Katie Rosenbrock for The Active Times

What if someone dared you to sign up for a 100K ultra marathon right now? Would you take on the challenge or completely dismiss the idea?

I would tell that someone they were crazy.…


Added by Eric Orton on August 3, 2014 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

Proud Parents On An Amazing day

The weekend just past saw my 10 year old son Jason compete in his first fun run. It was a 3km run as part of the Run Melbourne festival with my wife also running the 10km the next day. The kids event is a family event where parents and guardians can run with the kids. There were kids of all ages being pushed, carried, walking and running, it was fantastic to see such fun being had around a healthy activity. The only danger was being accidently tripped by parents stopping abruptly or walking…


Added by Robert Burpee on July 30, 2014 at 7:31pm — 1 Comment

La Maratona Verticale race report

I was nervous about how this race would go. I’ve been at altitude for over a week now, but am only 1 week post Speedgoat...32 miles with 11,500 feet of climbing...and descending. I was actually surprised at how good my legs were feeling within a few days. Tuesday, I summited Mt Elbert, adding another 4500ft of climbing in 4.5 miles.

Climbing and summiting Mt. Elbert, at 14,500ft solo was a deeply personal experience. I don’t even know if I could…


Added by Lori Enlow on July 30, 2014 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

Week 121

Now, before I start this post at all, I really want it to be more 'telling about', rather than 'advertising' - I hope that it ends up coming across as such. On the one hand, I hate (in other forums and sites, thankfully) spammy, adverty posts... on the other hand, a lot of you guys here have asked me about the progress on my book, about my journey from non-runner to fledgling ultra-runner.

I'm hoping that this will be interesting to at least the guys who've…


Added by Ben Brewer on July 28, 2014 at 5:28am — 7 Comments

Speedgoat 50k Race Report

Wow, what an amazing race! I arrived in Snowbird Utah on Wednesday, 7/16/14. The race was Saturday 7/19/14. I arrived with a bit of illness, but seemed to come around in time to race. I ran into some superstars of the ultra world including Ellie Greenwood and  race director and speedgoat Karl Meltzer the day before the race.


I came to Snowbird solo, knowing no one. I met up with a wonderful group of individuals…


Added by Lori Enlow on July 22, 2014 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Running In The Sunshine State

I am again on the Road with work & will be until about the end of November. I'll be away for 10 days then home again for 2 weeks before going away again as I complete a maintenance project for Kmart at all their stores in Queensland Australia.

The work will take me all over the state from the Gold Coast where we are now to Cairns  which is 1,900km North and across to Mt. Isa in the West some 1,300 km from Cairns. This trip gives me the opportunity to run in some amazing places,…


Added by Robert Burpee on July 16, 2014 at 6:48pm — 2 Comments

Fear and Pain

I wrote this in reply to a runner that had been struggling with injury and now dealing with fear of re-injury limiting her. I thought I'd share it with you to generate some thought and discussion. We all struggle with fear and injury.....

Fear is normal....embrace it, it is supposed to be there when you are stepping out of your comfort zone. I have had intermittent trouble with IT pain and plantar fasciitis and have still been able to accomplish some amazing things over the…


Added by Lori Enlow on July 16, 2014 at 5:43am — 3 Comments

The battle of Wyco continues. This race was dedicated to stopping bullying.

“Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.”

~ Friedrich Schiller ~



Wyco is making me Psycho!


This is going to be a tough one to write so where do I start? Like so many previous plans; yesterday began with confidence and good intentions and leaving my watch at home so I could take the day as it came. I…


Added by Eric Welsh on July 14, 2014 at 7:23am — No Comments

Stowe 8 Miler

Hello All,

I completed the Stowe 8 Miler this morning in 1:10:02. I thought I was using good form through-out the race (good foot strike).  After looking at the pictures my wife took toward the finish line, I was heel striking!!!  Arghhh!!!  

I just received the slant and wobble board last week.  I look forward to working to success!!


Added by Patrick Phillips on July 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

On finishing my first race

A little while back, I wrote a blog post about how I got started running earlier this year — about how it all began with getting my dog more exercise, and how I fell in love with our sunrise trail runs together, building up to longer distances with faster times.

It was a blog post filled with…


Added by Jaymi Heimbuch on July 12, 2014 at 2:30pm — 9 Comments

Peaking For Your Peak Race

I believe an effective “peak” in fitness first starts with a well thought out training plan and more importantly, a prioritized race schedule.  This all sets the stage for the peak process, making your run fitness as race specific as possible. Peaking is a mysterious art and for many reasons, it is just not easy to…


Added by Eric Orton on July 11, 2014 at 8:29am — 3 Comments

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