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Welcome to Tuba City Arizona. Just settling in with fam and dogs and getting going with running again. It’s been a long 8 week or so break from running due to health issues and a huge family move from Northeast  Oklahoma (green country) to the high desert about 5,000ft or 1500m.


First thoughts running?  “Wow, I am slow” followed by “wow, my heart rate is really high” followed by, “wow, I am really slow!”.  


It’s been a little new new world really. I led this expedition for my family, so I feel a huge responsibility for their adjustments (which fortunately kids and hubby are settling in well). I did not expect my own need for adaptation though. I just thought I would walk right in and set up camp and on I go like nothing really happened. The first couple weeks I felt a little lost. As week 3 comes to a close I am starting to get my bearings, but still feel unsettled at times.  My running feels this way too.  The word “discovery” seems to be my mantra I am discovering new sights and views, new emotions, new house, new running, new everything... no familiarity which is a little unnerving. Familiarity feels safe. I feel almost as exposed as the landscape.


I am amazed at the views of the desert, canyons, and Navajo and Hopi villages and Mesas. Flagstaff has the mountain running I love as well. It is foreign though, and my running feels so slow, which is a little frustrating. Even though I know it is normal, I feel like I shouldn’t be THAT slow. So, a mixed bag of excitement, surreal, frustration, unknowns and discovery.  I feel much like a mixed bag!  So, right now I’m just staying mostly in the right now...which is against my grain. Learning to be fine with all of the unknowns and navigating without trying to control the future or outcomes. This is bringing at the same time peace and uneasiness, even though “control” is an illusion, it is difficult to let go of that desire to achieve it or chase after it.  I can tell I am learning, because of how I feel about my 2015 Cool Impossible.


This is the 5th year I will be chasing a “Cool Impossible”. I am delighted to say, this is the first year I have had no hesitation or anxiety in putting it out there. I am shooting high, waaaay over my head even. My CI is to get in to The North Face 50 mile endurance challenge championships in December 2015…. and place top 10 female. It excites me and is funny and awesome all in one. A year ago I would’ve thought, “I should really think of something that is more possible”, “What will people think if I put that out there?”, “They will laugh”, “There is no way I can achieve that”, “What will my coach think?”, “what if I don’t achieve it?”. Who cares!  Really...who cares? So what if I don’t get top 10 or 20 or 40?  What if I come in dead last?  It is the going for it that matters. It is the fun of chasing after the impossible. Learning what the human spirit can achieve in the process and the experience is the real cool impossible.

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Comment by Jay Mijares on January 26, 2015 at 6:31pm

Wow, Lori, that's a great way to serve others!  And a great way to experience the culture.  And I'm sure there are endless trails in the area to explore!

Comment by Lori Enlow on January 26, 2015 at 6:14am
Yes, I am a family nurse practitioner. I am working for the Navajo Nation, but the facility treats all tribes, Navajo and Hopi are the largest. I will be providing primary care to patients and also treating patients with complex chronic health problems, primarily diabetes, kidney, and heart disease.
Comment by Robert Burpee on January 26, 2015 at 4:09am
Lori is your new job working for Navajo and Hopi nations, if so what are you doing. Great & amazing CI by the way, like Margot you are an inspiration to us all. Go get it champ!!
Comment by Rich Warne on January 25, 2015 at 8:50am
Excellent reason Lori. Always fancied New Mexico or Northern California myself. ..not that I even live in the US..
Comment by Lori Enlow on January 25, 2015 at 8:44am
Combination of things, but mostly to experience different scenery, cultures, and people. To give ourselves and our children the ability to explore new frontiers!
Comment by Rich Warne on January 25, 2015 at 2:09am
Good luck with the CI!
Comment by Rich Warne on January 25, 2015 at 2:08am
Just curious; tell me to butt out if it's personal. What brought on the move? Change of job, or did you want a change of scenery or were you fed up of tornadoes?
Comment by Jay Mijares on January 24, 2015 at 2:40pm

Lori, TNF 50 is a huge challenge. I've never run it myself, despite living in the area, but know people who have. Just get in, be there, and enjoy every grueling moment of it!  Good luck as you pursue your 2015 CI!

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