February 2014 Blog Posts (30)

Can I get to the starting line?

After some rough weeks dealing with winter and life I am pleased to say that I think I am coming out more focused. I have also somewhat respectably maintained my training mileage and aside from being tired I feel like I have a good base to build on. I would love to say that I lace up and breeze through my runs but…I am still a regular guy that runs and I accept that. Although I am looking at a pretty aggressive race schedule, for me, I will not be thinking about PR’s or finish times during…

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Added by Eric Welsh on February 27, 2014 at 11:12am — 5 Comments

World's highest hill

1,999 feet I believe... Cavanall hill

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Oklahoma's claim to the World's Highest Hill.  Today's plan was to fuel better, pre run and during to try and have better through run stamina and be able to get into zone 4b for most of the climbing.   I don't do particularly well with pre run fueling...thought I was going big with a serving or little…

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Added by Lori Enlow on February 26, 2014 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

In the middle

Well I won't say in the beginning as I've been running off and on for a long time... I run to keep up my fitness, keep outside, and purely because I enjoy it... I have now decided that I'd like to run longer distances and am aiming at doing a 100km trail run later in the year, I'm confident as I can plod along all day but then I read a book "born to run" it led me to coming across a couple of you tube clips of 'Erics' I decided to give to see on my next run if I could replicate the technique… Continue

Added by David Tepper on February 26, 2014 at 3:42am — 6 Comments

My Glutes Send A Message

On Saturday I was doing some work up at my son's primary school which involved driving metal wedges, known as "wizards" into the ground to support pole mounted signage. So as to drive the "wizards" into very dry and hard ground with the full face of the sledge hammer I had to squat and swing the sledge hammer.

If you can picture me bent at the knees, my butt approaching being parallel to the ground while leaning slightly forward to keep my balance and swinging a sledge hammer. Now the…

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Added by Robert Burpee on February 25, 2014 at 4:42am — No Comments

And my legs were like..."Hey!...I thought we were done!"

Got to get out for a group long run yesterday. Invited by friends for a 15 mile trail run a couple hours from home along the Buffalo River. With a sunrise like that, I knew it was going to be a good day!    

We left a vehicle at the start and finish, an 11 mile stretch. The plan was to go…

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Added by Lori Enlow on February 24, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

IT Band Pain and Run Form analysis

A query for Eric. I'm trying to stay positive about this knee pain that's stopped me running, and I'm trying to address it by figuring out what is wrong with my run form. In The CI, there's a list of Common Run Form Mistakes, and I'm wondering if my knee pain, tight IT band and tight hip flexors are the result of being a "bender". Just to clarify, is a "bender" someone who runs with excessively bent legs (that do straighten with take-off), or someone who never straightens their legs at…

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Added by Paul Weeks on February 22, 2014 at 11:00am — 15 Comments

1 mile test...You can breathe Paul..the race is still on!

Ok, Paul Weeks….you can breathe...I didn’t go sub 6:00 on this one, but it was a good test...I think. 

 The result today? 6:35. The game is still on brother! I was more satisfied with this test than any other i’ve done. I was definitely equally as nervous in the…

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Added by Lori Enlow on February 21, 2014 at 10:34am — 3 Comments

vintage car

I'm starting to feel that running at 47 is like being the owner of a vintage classic car. I'd like to think that I have an old MG, though it's closer to an Austin 7, but the analogy still holds. Basically, to keep this old banger on the road requires constant maintenance and attention. That's OK as far as it goes, but the problem is that no sooner have I fixed the gear box than the gaskets blow. I sort out the gaskets and the suspension goes. I invest time and effort mending the suspension,…

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Added by Paul Weeks on February 21, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

B2R trailshoes

First customer for the  new B2Rtrailshoes in Europe.

Just ordered them this evening, and waiting now for the delivery.

Let you know about the shoes in future.

Added by Albert Posthumus on February 18, 2014 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Just Started Phase 1!

I have been so psyched to start Eric's program. It felt like the time would never arrive. I have been doing the strengthing exercises and running 3-4 days a week for a little over a month, and now it's time. I did test #1 yesterday afternoon. I still need to become more consitient with my strength training and start working in some of the drills, but I am almost ready to go.

Added by Patrick Garrick on February 18, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments

Day One

Today I finished my first day of TCI based training, so I'll use that to spark my first blog post on the site.

This evening I ran 8 minutes wearing a pair of Xero Shoes huarache sandals (my first "almost barefoot" running).  A few hours afterwards I completed my first foot/leg/glute strength training circuit using a homemade slant board and poles.  (I also built a wobble disc for use later.)

Although I ran track and cross country in high school 18 years ago, my running never…

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Added by Jacob Cossairt on February 18, 2014 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

Anatomy lesson

In the French Foreign Legion, new recruits are expected to learn French. More to the point, when disassembling and reassembling a rifle, they are expected to know the French names of all the components. Recruits who cannot instantly recall the correct term, are hit with that part.

I was thinking of this today as I reflected on how much my knowledge of human leg anatomy has advanced in recent years. mainly as a result of particular muscles getting sore or hurt. A lazy…

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Added by Paul Weeks on February 18, 2014 at 6:57am — 1 Comment

A Cooler Impossible

So, let's ignore iffy one mile test objectives for the moment. After all, my main CI for this year, and every year, is to run injury free and as often as possible with my wife. But I'm not a miler, I would never run a mile race, it really isn't a major preoccupation of my running aims - apart from some curiosity in whether Lori or I will get there first. In any case, Eric's training programs are about speed and endurance over longer distances.

Which is great, because I do enjoy…

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Added by Paul Weeks on February 16, 2014 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

Challenging Couple of Weeks

To put it mildly, the last couple of weeks have been challenging.  I am about 10 weeks out from my 50 miler and 188 days (as of today) out from my 100 miler.  I have been sick and not been able to train with the exception of a run on Thursday that was excruciating.  I have missed three of my long runs, two due to illness, and the one today because there are 65 mile an hour winds going on outside and they are going to last until tomorrow.   I am feeling better, but maybe it is the type A in…

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Added by Richard McGaha on February 15, 2014 at 10:18am — 5 Comments

I'm thinking...I'm thinking...oh dear there she goes again.

Thinking about training after reading different posts and thinking back to my training and racing over the past couple years....A lot of people think "THE race...THE event" is the hardest part. One thing has always struck me at the end of the season. The training, was the ultimate ultra.  Whether you be training for a 5k PR or a 100 miler...the week after week, run after run…

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Added by Lori Enlow on February 14, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Mile Test

Thanks Lori and Jason for the encouraging words! I'm planning on taking ten days/2 weeks out to recuperate a bit, do some general running with Kath, my wife, and enjoy the freedom of running without the HRM and GPS keeping me under surveillance... and then I'll launch into Phase 2 when the days will be a bit longer and the trails, maybe, a bit drier. I'm limited to road running at the moment on this drowning island and I'd like some variety.

Anyway, the mile test. This wasn't at the…

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Added by Paul Weeks on February 13, 2014 at 2:30pm — 6 Comments

20 miles please, and I'll take a few hills on the side..oh and track work for desert

I hit the trails yesterday for my long run...20 miles. Energy level pre run was really good despite knowing my legs were likely to be a little tired, and should be for where I am at in training cycle. One of the things I am learning and need to learn is how to run on tired legs, how to manage my effort. It’s always easy to have a good mind set on long…

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Added by Lori Enlow on February 13, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

End of Phase 1

Made it. And that in itself is a first. I haven't completed a training program, including 3 of Eric's, in 2 years, as something always breaks down in the 7th or 8th week. The difference? It has to be the slant board. Slavish adherence to the leg strengthening exercises has not quite eliminated tweaks and niggles, but it's a zillion percent better and has kept me running.

And the final run was a joyous way to finish the 12 weeks of running. Setting out into a gale that nearly blew me…

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Added by Paul Weeks on February 11, 2014 at 3:16pm — 2 Comments

Eric's Philosopies

This afternoon my 9 year old son had a chiropractor appointment and as we walked into his rooms Aaron (our chiropractor) asked my son "so what have you been up to" in his usual caring and engaging manner. With that my son rolls of all that he's been up to and says at the very end "and Mum & Dad's been getting me to do the wobble, - er slant board. Now Aaron knows what my…

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Added by Robert Burpee on February 11, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

Trails of Öland, Sweden

So I was out the other day in day light and managed to snap some shots on my way in this no-snowing-winter-weather. Feel the fresh air? Doing an easy run so I my cell phone ready to take som pictures along the way.

Up, up the trail we…

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Added by David Emilsson on February 10, 2014 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

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