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Next up...The Monster

Next race is 9/26/15….Mogollan Monster 100 miler. Until going to Eric’s Mountain Running Academy in July, I had not planned to do (or trained for) a 100 mile race this year. One of my dream races is the Hardrock 100, and watching the race unfold this year just made that desire burn deeper. You have to qualify to get into Hardrock, and there are only a few races left this year that qualify. Not only that, but applicants are chosen by lottery, meaning that even if you have a qualifying race you… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on August 28, 2015 at 7:58am — No Comments

Bear Creek Half Marathon

This was the fifth running of Brazen Racing's Bear Creek Half Marathon and my third time to tackle it.  Though this year was unlike the past two years in that my Suunto recorded a max temperature of 97 F / 36 C at one point.

The race starts off at the entrance to Briones Regional Park and meanders through the park for about 13.5 miles / 22km and climbs approximately 3000ft / 986m.  We were all smiles, but the temps were already uncomfortable at the 8am start for the half marathon.…

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Added by Jay Mijares on August 16, 2015 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Tushar 93k Skyrace report

This race takes place North of Utah’s Zion and Bryce canyons, in the seemingly remote and beautiful Tushar Mts. I had never heard of this range prior to signing up. I completed most of the US Skyrunning ultra races last year and fell in love with racing these types of courses. I have had the opportunity to see more and cover more terrain in 1 day than most will see in a lifetime. I am blessed. Because of the love and support of my husband and children I made it to this…

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Added by Lori Enlow on August 3, 2015 at 9:10pm — 4 Comments

A Cool Impossible ride....

Big race on the horizon! Tushars 93k in Utah. 93k of mountain running. 16,800 ft of climbing and the same amount of descending, the most I’ve ever done at that distance at altitude-- mostly around 10,000-12,000ft. It is still hard to believe a little over 4 years

ago I ran my first half marathon at age 39. I signed up for coaching with Eric Orton to train for a 50 mile race soon after, a friend suckered me into it! During training for that 50 mile flat, urban trail run I ran my first “real… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on July 9, 2015 at 3:40pm — 11 Comments

Double Dipsea 2015 Race Report

This was the 46th running of the Double Dipsea, and the second time for me.  I ran it last year when Brazen Racing co-hosted the event with founding organization, the Dolphin South End Runners.  The actual course is 14.2 miles / 23 km and involves a climb of 4500ft / 1372m.   It’s an age handicapped race, so the 80 year olds start at 8am and the rest of the runners go out in waves, with men age 39 and under taking off at 9:01am.  I’m not a fast runner, so my time last year was 4hr…

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Added by Jay Mijares on June 22, 2015 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

Preparing for the Mountains: Running Efficiency

I put in a nice and easy 10 miles today.  The trails and mountain canyons are still packed with snow, so this time of year we get days like today, snow, rain, hail, sleet, sunshine, calm, wind, etc.  So I used the radar to pick the best weather window and hit the bike path south of town and ran along the snake river…

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Added by Eric Orton on May 29, 2015 at 9:02am — 3 Comments

Jemez 50k Race report

I was feeling really good going into this race. Very nervous, but good. This would be my first race of the year, my first race after a few months of living and training at higher elevation. I was anxious to see how my racing would change, if I would feel different. I remember thinking when I ran Leadville in 2012, “someday I want to be able to run UP mountains” I was frustrated because all of my uphill “running” in the mountains reduced me to a slow hike. I could not…

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Added by Lori Enlow on May 24, 2015 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Started Running In February - Now Addicted :)

In February of this year, my treadmill broke.  I felt I had no option but to begin outdoor running.



The day before my 62nd birthday, I ran my first 10K (April 7, 2015) with my running group at Elk Lake Park (I'm in the back). And I've entered in my first 5K event in May.

I am very grateful to Eric Orten for his book!  I'm working out now of the slant board and just started with the Fitball.

Mara :)…

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Added by Mara Summers on April 30, 2015 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

I finished my first trail marathon with Eric's marathon plan

It's been six days since finishing my first trail marathon and I'm starting to come out of the fog of recovery.

I ran the Free State Trail marathon in Lawrence, Kansas. It rained from the moment the RD shouted "Go!". The trail was slop by halfway through.

But that's not the point of this little post. I'll have a race write up sometime soon and post the link to it.

What I wanted to share is that I finally completed Eric's marathon plan. I purchased it about 2 years ago…

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Added by Mindy Ward on April 24, 2015 at 7:16pm — 1 Comment

when I can no longer run...

I read another article on a former Olympic elite runner,young, in her early 50s I believe, hanging up her racing shoes because she is no longer the fastest. Still running splits most women...and men will never see on the time clock. Her body to some extent, but more evident, her spirit broken. The joy of running and racing gone Because the results were no longer there. I hope to run in a way that I never lose the joy of running AND racing. When I can no longer run, I will walk. When I can no… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on April 24, 2015 at 5:42pm — 3 Comments

Run your heart out.....once in a while

Running your heart out just does something to the spirit. Life is funnier, the heart is lighter and more loving and understanding and waaaay less serious. It strips everything away...for a time...but the cool impossible thing is the more I do it, the more stripped away I stay. The lighter I am, the more loving I am.

Added by Lori Enlow on April 24, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My next cool impossible !

-->Drop 5 minutes on my next 5K in September 2015.

After running my first SM this month, I realize that running long distances (for me 20K+ are long distances!) is way less scary than trying to become a faster runner. I know I have the will-power to handle long trecks in the mountains (12 hour+ days over a week, for example), but I've never attempted to develop power, focusing only on endurance.

My shame-gremlins are grumbling really loud at the moment : "What can…

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Added by Carolynn on April 23, 2015 at 2:18am — 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”,…

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Added by Eric Orton on April 21, 2015 at 4:30pm — 17 Comments

My first Half-Marathon

First of all, let me say that I only got the nerve to sign up to this race because Eric wrote on page 130 of TCI that after going through the foundation program, I would be ready! I don't think I would have dared to attempt this on my own.

But ever since I first heard about this race, it had me mesmerized. This 22 km "half" marathon leaves downtown Grenoble and heads South for the first 5 km. Then there is a 5 km, 280 meters vertical ascent up one of the hills (pre-Alps actually) that…

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Added by Carolynn on April 7, 2015 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Reaping the Benefits of TCI

This is my second time through the TCI program. Last year, I focused mainly on transitioning to the forefoot strike and my form in general. I find that I am benefiting even more this season having already gone through the program once before.

I completed my 1-mile retest yesterday and was 55 seconds faster than I was when I tested at the beginning of this training period! That was in 20 mph winds also. When I started my training I wasn't sure how feasible my personal 5K goal was, but…

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Added by Patrick Garrick on April 2, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

1 mile test...round and round she goes

Inspiration….we all look for it. As runners, I think it is safe to say we not only need it, but desire to inspire others as well. Social media is a great avenue to inspire, but it often paints only a partial picture...mostly of the successes, the most beautiful of all the

pictures, the highlights, the high points, the PRs. That’s one reason I think this website is so valuable. Through this venue runners are able to find advice and confide in the not so pretty struggles we all… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on March 25, 2015 at 10:48am — 10 Comments

Your knees

Rule 1: Drive your knees forward.
Rule 2: Balance board exercises will help get better.
Rule 3: Consistency is key.

I had a big breakthrough this week end. I was more shuffling than anything else. Well, not anymore.

Added by Chris Bonnemaison on February 25, 2015 at 12:37pm — 3 Comments

Antelope Canyon 20k race report

I debated whether or not to do a “race report”. I signed up for this one last minute. My husband was already going and it would take the place of my scheduled longer run. The trick was to NOT race. Training trumps racing right now and if I raced it would leave me needing to recover instead of train. My goal races this year are a ways off. Currently, I am working on building strength and stamina at altitude. My passion is to gain strength and experience, and have the ability and confidence to be… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on February 24, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The mind makes the athlete.

This morning, I went to a trail race in the Cleveland National Forest.

I had an epiphany. Physical fitness notwithstanding, my mind is always going to be my biggest obstacle.

During the last two miles, we had to take on steep hills. My mind kept fighting me "you're done, you're out of breath, start walking" and I kept pushing, Running. The more I pushed, the louder the voice in my head got. Until one point where the voice was gone. And I kept…

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Added by Chris Bonnemaison on January 31, 2015 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

Change Your Perspective - Elevate Your Performance

Four months ago today, I stood high on this peak in the Tetons enjoying the reward of magnificent views that come from 6,000+ feet of running and climbing.  Yesterday, 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…

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Added by Eric Orton on January 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

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