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The Trails Are Open. But How's Your IT Band?



The Trails Are Open. But how's your IT Band?



What goes up, must come down. And for the most part, run form should not change relative to speed, or in my case today, terrain. Especially footstrike.

It is fairly easy to have goog forefoot to heel strike going up, and challenging to have good foot placement coming down, as…

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Added by Eric Orton on May 3, 2019 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Downhills Are GOOD For You - Strength Running

Too many strength programs focus soley on building concentric strength, with full range of motion exercises.

These movements are loaded and usually too slow to be very functional for running. And target building muscle fiber MASS/DENSITY rather than utilizing MORE muscle fibers. More fiber mass just requires more oxygen and energy - not…

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Added by Eric Orton on April 18, 2019 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

How Sprinting Can Improve Your Endurance

Spring time. Sprint time.



Sprinting plays a tremendous roll in endurance development for ALL distances.

Here's how:

- improves isometric strength, one of the key strength factors in cadence and forward propeltion.

- trains precise and efficient use of the reflex muscle tension during eccentric landing. This helps your down…

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Added by Eric Orton on April 8, 2019 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Speed Up Your Race Pace

Spring is in my step.



The great Grete Waitz ran 19 marathons in her career, winning 13 of them.

She was the first woman to break the 2:30 barrier, eventually lowering the world record to 2:25:42.

She believed that speed training was imparative for all runners of all distances and abilities.

Her marathon training reflected…

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Added by Eric Orton on March 26, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Kick for Gold or Stumble to Fourth

Sometimes you have to HOLD YOURSELF BACK:

Today was a recovery run. After taking the day off yesterday to heal a mild cough in the lungs, my legs felt great!

I stayed patient, with my sights on the upcoming week.



Patience + Practice = Performance



At the 1972 Olympics, all of the pre-game buzz was on rock star USA…

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Added by Eric Orton on March 23, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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 January 31, 2019 at 1:46pm — 4 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 both shots.  Two ways of looking at the same thing - two different…

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Added by Eric Orton on January 31, 2019 at 1:39pm — 5 Comments

Time Chart for Improving your Marathon Potential

In this Vlog post, I discuss how to improve your marathon time and the importance of getting faster at a One Mile time trial.  Here is a simple chart to help you compare your One Mile test time with an equivalent marathon potential time.

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Added by Eric Orton on February 13, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

How Balanced Are You: Speed vs. Endurance

How Balanced Are You?

When I start working with a new athlete, I analyze how balanced they are between their speed and endurance. 

Just like the program in The Cool Impossible, at start up, I have my athletes perform two field…

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Added by Eric Orton on November 3, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Knee Pain and Hip Tightness: Leg Extension

If you are experiencing "runners Knee" with discomfort on top of knee, under knee, or on the medial side of the knee, you might be keeping your legs too bent.

If your legs remain too bent throughout the running gait, you are prone to stressing your quads too much and 'turning off' or not using crucial muscles very well - all leading to a vicious cycle of…

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Added by Eric Orton on October 17, 2017 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments

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”, they always say the same thing, “GREAT!” It’s actually kind of…

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Added by Eric Orton on February 9, 2017 at 1:10pm — 19 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 for a while.

This is a fairly hilly course and the…

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Added by Eric Orton on May 29, 2015 at 9:02am — 3 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 possible routes and a way to the top.

The other mountain can be much…

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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 after we think, being aware, and continuing to perform when things "seem" to be…

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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. “I’ve never even completed a marathon. How could I possibly cover more…

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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 achieve one’s highest possible level of performance on the…

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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, The Cool Impossible, was the culmination of a life long dream and a way for me…

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Added by Eric Orton on June 16, 2014 at 2:23pm — 12 Comments

The Mysterious Peak

Question:  How do I peak for my big race.

Answer:  This is a tricky question as I believe an effective “peak” in fitness first…

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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 rapid sunrise against the ridge line.  First his head, ear…

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

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