Featured Blog Posts – April 2014 Archive (20)

Introducing Tommy Hafey

Let me introduce you to Mr. Tommy Hafey, here in Australia he's a living legend for many reasons. 50 years ago he was a professional footballer, playing Australian Rules Football (AFL) in an era when the rules, though basically the same as today, could be manipulated far more easily given the grounds were not flooded with TV camera's. There also was no video review, only one…


Added by Robert Burpee on April 30, 2014 at 7:14am — 2 Comments

30 miles in the bag!

Yesterday called for the last, longest training run before the first US Skyrunning Series Ultra event - Cruel Jewel 50 (really 56 miles...ahem!).  I’ve been racing now coming up on 3 years and these are the runs that seem to be a defining point for me in my training. I know it’s coming and I really look forward…


Added by Lori Enlow on April 29, 2014 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

The Cool Impossible - Preface

I am tucked in between Scott Jurek and Chris McDougall.  The pace is not so hard that we can’t talk, but there was no conversing.  As the trail weaved, curved, and turned back on itself, I tried to get a peak and glance at the Tarahumara Indian ultrarunners positioned single file ahead of Scott and I.  For so long, they were mythical runners to me, and now I was running with…


Added by Eric Orton on April 28, 2014 at 7:14pm — 3 Comments

Just starting!!

Being a newbie! I just have a few que

as I am training to run a marathon in Oct and doing the BBMC an 18mile trail over the Brecon Beacons in Wales UK.

1) I find it very hard to run short (3-4 miles) distances, i.e I don't relax until mile 4-5, I still enjoy getting out, so will it still help in my training

2) do we have our own built in speed that we run at?…


Added by Charlie Mullane on April 27, 2014 at 4:30am — 13 Comments

Ya gotta be willing to fail!

I am struggling a bit

 with speedwork. I have developed a little “track anxiety”. Speedwork is fun when it’s easy and you hit the times you want. That hasn’t happened for me lately, I have struggled a bit on the track and now I have some sheer anxiety at the thought of speedwork. I finally broke down and reached out to coach. He encouraged me to visualize my track workout for the next day. I…


Added by Lori Enlow on April 24, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Free State Trail Half Marathon

Free State Trail Half Marathon – Lawrence, KS


Saturday April 19th I ran the Free State Half for the first time. Keeping pace with every other Trail Nerds event I have been involved with this was a challenging and exciting day. At start time the temperature was about 48 degrees but it was going to warm up quickly. I was not focusing on a specific pace or finish time but I still wanted it to be respectable. Typical to my habits, I…


Added by Eric Welsh on April 23, 2014 at 3:37pm — 2 Comments

Week 107.5

In a bit of a break from the norm, sort of, I want to post up what is technically, I guess, an old running story. I thought I'd share as it's a chapter from the book I've written about how I went from not-running to running pretty far - I'm virtually ready to publish now, so I guess if anyone is interested in reading the whole thing, then it'll be around soon enough :)

I hope it's ok posting it here as a kind of toe-in-the-water to see if you guys like it. Anyway, here…


Added by Ben Brewer on April 23, 2014 at 8:21am — 7 Comments

Phase 1, Week 6


On Thursday my family and I flew to Adelaide, spending Easter with my sister's and their families and as always the first thing I packed was my running gear. The weather in Adelaide was fantastic, warm and sunny, so it was great to be outside let alone be outside and running on such beautiful days.

On the Thursday before Easter and Good Friday I completed day's 4 and 5 of Phase 1, Week 6 on grass at a…


Added by Robert Burpee on April 21, 2014 at 6:10am — No Comments

Slip sliding away

Well, there's another day that just drifted away. They slip past almost unnoticed, one by one by one. And they're busy days, full of work and family and everything else that matters. Until you suddenly sit up and think, hey, it's nearly the end of April, that's another month lost by stealth, another month without running. And you start to realize what it means, that yet another season is just going to pass you by. It's a cold feeling in the pit of your gut, to face up to the fact that all…


Added by Paul Weeks on April 20, 2014 at 3:19pm — 5 Comments

Military time...Hooah!

I've been working with Northeastern State University Army ROTC, doing a running clinic with them monthly since August. Today I had the opportunity to test out the obstacle course with them at Camp Gruber. Here are a few pics!

Eeeeaaaaallllllmooooost...  I did finally get it!…


Added by Lori Enlow on April 17, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

trail runner and utsa'nätï

Trail runner looked forward to her first spring run on the trails in Arkansas. As she stepped onto the trail she remembered the last time she was out there, snow on the ground, animal tracks everywhere to be found. Although a cold morning, spring was in the air and evident in the woods.  The redwood and dogwood blooming, green patches of grass rising up, pushing aside the leaves of winter. Trail runner is training for several…


Added by Lori Enlow on April 16, 2014 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Here I Go - Update!

Well, I haven't posted anything since deciding to try running again.  As I said, I felt particularly unfit and still had the chronic remnants of many injuries received over the years.  Reading Eric's book really inspired me but I realised my feet were in a terrible state from many, many years of wrong shoes and NEVER walking barefoot!  The answer came in the form of Eric's 6 week beginners course.  I am now 4 weeks into it......and LOVING running!  This is a completely new experience for…


Added by Karen Savage on April 15, 2014 at 7:16pm — 2 Comments

Lake McMurty 25k race report

Since December we’ve been focusing on training, intentionally avoiding racing early so I can be as ready as possible for my Cool Impossible, the US Skyrunning Series - Ultra. This was my first opportunity to hit the trails racing. I entered the 25k distance so I wouldn’t need much if any recovery following the race and be able to jump right back into training. It was somewhat of a last minute decision to…


Added by Lori Enlow on April 13, 2014 at 7:16pm — 4 Comments

Lookey Lookey...got some pretty pics to share!

Have to share my new favorite place to run. It sucks actually...in a really awesome way! I've posted a few pics in the past. It's the World's Highest Hill, Poteau Oklahoma. I have a good friend who lives at the base of Cavanall hill. He has etched trails all over the hill.

Some are…


Added by Lori Enlow on April 8, 2014 at 9:08am — 2 Comments

B2R Trail Shoes

Hi Everyone

Yesterday my B2R Trail shoes arrived along with a pair for my wife and a pair of the road shoes for my running partner Jeff. All in all it took 3 weeks for them to arrive which is very good given the distance they had to travel and having to clear customs before being delivered. As Jeff is also the local Post Master we opened our shoe boxes in the…


Added by Robert Burpee on April 8, 2014 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

Week 104.5

Two years. Two years.

104 weeks since I decided I'd make a bit more of an effort with what used to be a very alien pursuit for me. I've gone from being a panting mess that struggled to make it a couple of times around the local park to running literally thousands of kilometres over the last twenty-four months. I've run through the night, I've run for hours to see the sun rise, I've headed out to find peace and time to think. Sometimes, I've done it with hundreds of…


Added by Ben Brewer on April 4, 2014 at 6:26am — 6 Comments

prarie spirit 100 and 50 mi ultra

Pics of ultrarunners from the Prairie Spirit 100 and 50mi ultra this weekend.  Such an amazing day and change, with amazing people, well, family really. Saw true grit, shameless whining;), and the true spirit of humanity. You cannot look in the eyes of an ultrarunner during a race and not see amazing depth of character and emotion, you can truly see their soul, and it is always beautiful and humbling.…


Added by Lori Enlow on April 2, 2014 at 8:59am — No Comments

speedwork...Ultrarunner under construction

Speedwork and brainwork today! track work with 2x400 and 4x1000 at near max effort...well, I was hoping they'd be more "near" max effort as opposed to just plain "max effort!".

 Speedwork runs/track runs are always my favorite and most nerve wracking runs. I absolutely love the challenge, but I tend to get very nervous about them and worry worry worry, before AND during. I'm working on that though and am making brain progress, which I hope will enhance speed…


Added by Lori Enlow on April 2, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

What I've learned in 3 months

Its been 3 months since I finished reading TCI and started on strength training and just under 3 months for wearing my B2R road shoes.  To be honest, I thought I'd be further through the program, especially as I've been diligent about doing all the strength exercises 3-4 times per week but I'm kind of stuck on the Transition phase and not wanting to go further until I've sorted out some lingering soreness in my right heel.

While I haven't progressed along the training program like I'd…


Added by Jill Brennan on April 2, 2014 at 1:04am — 1 Comment

On the job training as a pacer at the Prairie Spirit 100

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”

~ Lao Tzu ~

On the Job Training as a Pacer at the Prairie Spirit 100…


Added by Eric Welsh on April 1, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

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