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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…

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Added by Lori Enlow on July 2, 2017 at 7:10pm — No Comments

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…

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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 –…

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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…

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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”,…

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

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Added by Eric Orton on January 10, 2017 at 1:03pm — 4 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Becoming she

I’ve always admired adventurous women. Women who were out there, doing what they love with passion and grit, seeking to inspire other women to do the same. I also use “she” to 

motivate me…

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Added by Lori Enlow on January 9, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Year...still at it

Starting week 6 Phase I.   Recovery run today.  Was stiff at the start.  Loosened up in middle, but some muscles got sore at the end.  I may have gone a bit far.   Weather has changed to cold, but got a good running jacket for Christmas.  Dormant muscles keep firing and getting sore and then recover.

I'm not much of a blogger, but still am working at the program.   Got the puppy on a leash...not so distracting anymore.  I think the fat burning is working more on the dogs then…

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Added by Paul J. Russell on January 4, 2016 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Life is a Hill

Lots has gone down hill for me lately. but I did run my first marathon about 5 months ago, after reading The Cool Impossible about 4 months before that. 3 days later I crashed my motorcycle and wound up in a wheelchair for a month and almost had 2 twos amputated, lost the girl I thought I was gong to marry, my company is in the red, and I can't find a job in my field my field or with any real responsibility or pressure. That being said, today is the first day I put on my full running gear…

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Added by Preston Beck on December 20, 2015 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

week 2 phase I day 4

I am really enjoying the mild seasonal weather.   Running in shorts in December in the Midwest is awesome. 

Been working on some strength exercises on hard running days.  My muscles started to relax this week. I took two extra days off from week one.  Over did some basketball coaching and was wiped out.  Much better week.  Quads are sore on todays recovery run from hill runs yesterday.   Checked my mileage and I am up to 22 so far this week.  Will see what the end of Phase I week 2…

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Added by Paul J. Russell on December 10, 2015 at 2:24pm — No Comments

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Snake Run Race and Inner Demons

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Fall in Love With Digging Dirt

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