Featured Blog Posts – February 2014 Archive (16)

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…


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

World's highest hill

1,999 feet I believe... Cavanall hill


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…


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

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…


Added by Robert Burpee on February 25, 2014 at 4:42am — 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…


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


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…


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…


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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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


Boy this morning tested me. 4: 45 am run. 7 mi with 8x400 speed intervals followed by 2X 200 speedier intervals in -3 windchill blowing snow. It was tough and I wanted it to be easier, but very pleased with results #feelinglikeachamp

Added by Lori Enlow on February 6, 2014 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

What are we teaching

Watching evening TV for the first time in a long while, I was struck by the plethora of junk food adds and the number of diet plans, diet companies & prepackaged, home delivered food outlets that grace our screens. All purporting to be convenient, healthy, cost effective and life changing. As a society we have never been more educated or had greater access to information pertaining to our health and well being, yet everyday we see parents taking kids of all ages…


Added by Robert Burpee on February 6, 2014 at 5:35am — 2 Comments



Thought I'd start by re-posting (from the 2014 Cool Impossible thread) my Cool Impossible for 2014...


My original post....

"Bit of background first! I was forced to run in PE when I was at school and generally hated it because I thought I was no good and the teachers didn'r care. I left school in 1982 and didn't run again until about 1991 when I joined the army reserves, when I left them in 1993 I dindn't run until 2010! My first run in 2010 took me…


Added by Rich Warne on February 6, 2014 at 5:30am — 90 Comments


First up this year is Cruel Jewel. Questions floating in my brain...are my legs REALLY gonna be able to do this whole series? I've never climbed 17,000ft in one race...in 56 miles to be exact. Am I gonna be crying with my tail between my legs after the very first race? I am terrified and excited....and terrified!  I don't feel like I need any answers. They won't come anyway, so why spend the energy trying to figure  what the outcome will be. There's no way to tell.  And I love that. So, like…


Added by Lori Enlow on February 2, 2014 at 2:40pm — 7 Comments

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