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How many years have you been running?
34 years
What is your goal race for the year?
Everyone of my athlete's
What is your greatest running accomplishment?
I run for a living!
What is your "ultimate dream" running goal?
Global Running - one runner per household

E's Dirt

Coaches are always faced with choices. You can take the familiar route and do what you have always done, following the crowd and yielding to conventional wisdom. It’s easy, and there’s no risk involved—unless you consider long-term stagnation a risk.

My approach to endurance run training is a bit different. I use conventional wisdom as a starting point and proceed from there to develop innovative training programs for runners who want to turn their potential into desired results.

But my approach to training is more than just change for the sake of change. Being innovative keeps me alert and involved with the latest research and applications of scientific training principles.
For me, the goal is to develop complete athletes, ready to perform up to their potential and exceed their expectations. My approach to training has been featured in the New York Times best seller Born To Run, Men’s Health, Esquire, Men’s Journal and Ski Magazine; specific workouts have been featured on ESPN’s Cold Pizza.

As the former Director of Fitness at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, I’m a certified Functional Training Specialist, a Certified Sports Hypnotist, and hold coaching certifications from both USA Triathlon and USA Cycling.

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

Posted on May 3, 2019 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

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…


Downhills Are GOOD For You - Strength Running

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

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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At 11:31pm on January 29, 2019, Claire Duffield said…

Thank you so much for letting me join you!

Joss Naylor is a real inspiration. Still extremely active at 82 years old. Last year he did a 30 mile challenge with 6000ft of climbing in the Lake District. He's always out and about supporting fell runners of all abilities taking on their own challenges. 

At 7:34pm on October 26, 2017, Jacob Cossairt said…

Added some photos from the trail that show what I saw on race day (although the photos weren't taken race day).

At 6:46pm on October 26, 2017, Jacob Cossairt said…

Thanks!  There haven't been any official race photos posted yet (and I didn't take any), but I'll see if I can find some from other runners on Strava to add to the blog post.

At 4:57pm on October 17, 2017, Michael Baczkowski said…
I'll give it a whirl, tty tomorrow.
At 8:45pm on January 6, 2016, Tammy Huguet said…

Thank you! I am in the final chapters of the book...I am learning so much and am loving it! Time to finish up with "Eating Well"!

Always my big challenge with the endurance racing...looking forward to learning how to tap into more efficient use of fat burning!

At 10:22am on October 23, 2015, Dave Riter said…
Just started reading your book and can't wait to begin training!
At 1:15am on January 23, 2015, Nick Atkinson said…

Thanks Eric, so stoked that ive found your book and website!! ..Yes was a really awesome race, looking forward to the 90th Anniversary edition this year! Not sure if I have time though to change my form before the race (race date 29th May 2015) but cant wait to fully convert to Forefoot striking (was thinking about starting on the exercises in the mean time though and then focusing on converting to forefoot striking after Comrades...good idea/bad idea? any advise you can offer would be awesome!!)

At 11:26pm on July 29, 2014, Joe Cruz said…
Hello Mr Orton. My name is Joe Cruz from Albuquerque NM. I have read Born to run and now I've started your book The Cool Impossible. I've reached the start of your training regiment in the book. I purchased the board bundle pack today. I am excited to get started ! I truly believe in what you say about having your muscles work together. I have become more aware of my body considering my last year and half when I tore my meniscus and pcl. My recovery has forced me to listen to my body and pay close attention to what I can take. I have a couple of questions but I think I know the answer. First is , with my surgery in mind. My recovery has gone well but now the leg that didn't have the operation has been compensating for so long it is starting to give trouble. I am off balance and I believe I just need to build my base witch your program will help me ! I am excited:). Is there something you might add ? Also I have severe plantars fasciitis. I have not read the entire book witch I am sure you explain. So I am sorry if you do. I've tried everything to rid me of this problem. Will strengthening my feet with your program get rid of it all together ? Is their something else you might add to the program ?
Thank you so much for your knowledge of running and simplifying the run. Work smarter not harder !;) It is an honor to be writing you.
Joseph Cruz.
At 4:01am on May 29, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Thank You very much for the support Eric it means a lot.

At 9:19pm on May 19, 2014, Robert Burpee said…

Hi Again Eric, I've tried another device and the web page is working fine, it's obviously this computer. Thanks again for your quick reply and I appologise for bothering you with this. Regards Robert



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