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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

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

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

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 (…

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

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Added by Eric Orton on October 10, 2014 at 9:00am — 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…

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Added by Eric Orton on August 7, 2014 at 10:03am — 12 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.…

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

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…

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Added by Eric Orton on July 11, 2014 at 8:29am — 4 Comments

The Way of the Cool Impossible

I coach because I love to help athletes explore their own potential and the rewarding part of this for me is witnessing the self-discovery that my athletes experience throughout the process.  Writing my book, …

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Added by Eric Orton on June 16, 2014 at 2:23pm — 13 Comments

The Mysterious Peak

Question:  How do I peak for my big race.

Answer:  This is a tricky…

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Added by Eric Orton on June 5, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Peace and Hang Loose

I had heard him coming before I saw him.  Huffing and puffing, rhythmically out of breath and out of sight, but nearing me as he ran to the top of the ridge.  It was hard to tell what kind of runner he was, as his breathing provided no clue. The trail was so steep that his slow speed presented his silhouette like a…

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Added by Eric Orton on May 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Winter Miles Bring Spring Smiles

Wow it was nice to sweat today.  Got in the first 'dry' trail run of the year and boy did it feel great.  My early Spring strength running really paid off as I put in 2,000 feet of climbing in 6.5 miles.  I really was curious to see how I would feel on this climbs and felt in mid-summer form, which is…

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Added by Eric Orton on May 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Cool Impossible - Preface

I am tucked in between Scott Jurek and Chris McDougall.  The pace is not so hard that we can’t talk, but there was no conversing.  As the trail weaved, curved, and turned back on itself, I tried to get a peak and glance at the Tarahumara Indian ultrarunners positioned single file ahead of Scott and I.  For so long,…

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Added by Eric Orton on April 28, 2014 at 7:14pm — 3 Comments

Eric's Cold Weather Run Kit

Winter running in Jackson Hole and the Teton's is amazing, beautiful, and just as spectacular as hitting the trails in the Summer.  The BIG difference is the temperatures, often hitting minus 10, minus 15 degrees F during some of my runs.  Cold weather brings bright sunshine and perfect snow…

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Added by Eric Orton on January 28, 2014 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Running With Eric - Satisfaction Over Desire

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reported a foot of new snow this morning.  With fresh snow brings warmer temps, humidity…..and wind.  This means its time to get out of town and head North to find colder temps and good snow.  But first, I needed to fire off a few coaching emails, so I drained my double espresso and…

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Added by Eric Orton on January 10, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Running With Eric - Snow Strength and Scorpions

Well, I finally had to shovel twice today, oops make that now three times.  Our first snow fall in a week and it is still coming down. Should be good skiing tomorrow, the mountain needs it.  And, could be a good snowshoe run tomorrow.  The snow was good timing also because today is my recovery day from running.  This…

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Added by Eric Orton on January 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Running With Eric - Cool Impossible Wednesday

With three great training days behind me, I was looking forward to today, my Cool Impossible Wednesday.  I like to devote Wednesdays to getting out for a long run and using this as a creative…

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Added by Eric Orton on January 8, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Running With Eric - January 7, 2014

Well, the media is using the phrase, 'polar vortex' to describe the cold front hitting the USA today.  Here in Jackson, this is everyday weather and the best gauge of temps is normally dictated by what the moose are up to.  If it is cold, they tend to relax for breakfast in the backyard.…

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Added by Eric Orton on January 7, 2014 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Running With Eric: January 6, 2014

I am in the second day of my 2014 season of training.  Not because it is the New Year, but this start date sequences right with my Summer and Fall run projects.  During the holidays we had warm temps and some snow (never enough), but today I welcomed back cold, arctic air which brings great snow running conditions and blue skies.

I decided to hit Game Creek trail today, just 3 miles South of home, for a nice 3 mile gradual climb and gives way for some faster running back down.  I was…

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Added by Eric Orton on January 6, 2014 at 3:47pm — 8 Comments

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