Alright boys and girls, here it is…..My 2014 Cool Impossible…

1. “5” as the first number in my 1 mile test….AND

2. Top 10 femal finish at Cayuga 50 mile USATF championships in June...AND

3. IF I am in the 6% that gets selected from the Western States Lottery, a top 5 age division finish, AND

4. Speedgoat finish-(not sure yet what I want that one to look like), AND

5. Tor Des Geants finish top 10 female if I get in, if not ..Tahoe 200 with a top 5 female finish.

Lori’s Grand Damn Slam! Ha!


How the hell did I come up with that?  And what the hell makes me think that it might even be possible? Some ego she’s got eh? Nope. The exact opposite will have to be true.. It will ONLY be possible if I lose the ego. I don’t exactly understand that concept myself... yet, but I’m gonna have to learn it this year. “let go of what you THINK you can do and grab hold of what you WANT to do”... I told Karen Blackert that as I read her thoughts considering her own cool impossible. I could hear myself in her writing thinking the same thoughts, following the same path.  The safe road when trying to formulate my cool impossible, “what’s the next step based on my performance last year?”, “What is the natural progression?”, “What SHOULD my next cool impossible be?”. and my response to her, I only realized today is my response to myself….let loose of what you THINK you can do and grab hold of what you WANT to do.  

Stand on that weaving 12 inch podium...remember the one Lori?  The one that’s 50 feet up? The one you climbed when you were 15 at summer camp, that one...swaying, you felt nauseated and scared. The tree tops rustling, you thought they were laughing at you, asking you what you thought you were doing up there with them. Your knuckles white as you grasped the clips and ropes tied to your waist...the ropes laughing at your fear. The trapeze just a little too far to reach out and grab..you have to JUMP to get it.  You have to let go of the ropes that are securely tied to your waist and jump. You were so caught up in the outcome...GETTING the bar. You didn’t want to jump because you didn’t KNOW if you could GET the bar. you jumped, but you never let go of the ropes to reach. Lori, you can’t know the outcome, but grab the bar or fall….it doesn’t matter, either way you will land safely. It’s all about what you do between the platform and the bar… so let go and jump!

Make shit happen ;)

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Comment by Chris Bonnemaison on December 10, 2013 at 3:09pm

2014 will be for me a year with one 50K per month. A year with zero DNF and zero injuries. Destroy every single PRs one 50K after another.

By age 50, I want to have 50 50ks under my belt.

Comment by Lori Enlow on December 9, 2013 at 5:10am
David...once you get it in your head post it!
Comment by David Emilsson on December 9, 2013 at 4:50am

That's an impressive list. Go get it! I'm still doing my list for 2014 in my head :) But it includes "make shit happen" Cheers!

Comment by Lori Enlow on December 8, 2013 at 8:43pm

Amazing talent Charlie, and great goal! Go after it.

Comment by Charlie on December 8, 2013 at 2:12pm

You asked what my goals are for 2014. I've been struggling as a runner. I began Track last Spring and quickly became the fastest freshman with a 4:43 mile. I had high hopes for cross-country and track next year; however, over summer the injuries began. First it was my toes, then my lower knees. I have been working hard to follow the plan in the book, but I can't rid myself of the knee pain. My goal for 2014 is to qualify for state in the mile (4:22). This would be a nice accomplishment, being only 15.

Comment by Laura Purbrick on December 8, 2013 at 2:51am
Well said! Rock on!
Comment by Eric Orton on December 7, 2013 at 5:21pm

Charlie - what does your 2014 look like?

Comment by Charlie on December 7, 2013 at 3:43pm

Nice Goals. If you don't know where you're headed, you don't get anywhere.

Comment by Eric Orton on December 6, 2013 at 12:54pm

This is so great you guys - keep going.  Fears are JUST thought and not real or true.  Go beyond this thought and amazing things will happen.  Don't look to NOT have the fearful thoughts, YOU WILL, but don't believe them, so keep moving and doing that represent action towards your Cool Impossible.

Thought is the ego having isn't nasty way, look beyond your thinking.

Comment by Rich Warne on December 6, 2013 at 12:13pm
Your right, to get these goals you've got to work hard and that means (as you say) letting go of any ego

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