May 2013 Blog Posts (21)

Not a good week...

I have ran up my first hill, granted it is only a very small hill but it was quite steep and I made it to the top without ending in a heap. So I was really pleased with myself on the drive back home. This tiny bit of elation was very short lived though, as the following week I came down with some germ that hung around for a week and put running off the agenda. I even lost my voice, which I must admit my Husband was probably really pleased about, but he was kind enough not to say…

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Added by Emma Setterfield on May 30, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments

peeing blood...NOT cool!

Have intermittently been peeing blood for the past few days. Being a nurse practitioner has it's benefits. I knew what the differentials were and was able to diagnose it pretty quick. Of course my colleague doctor friend rolled his eyes and blamed my running! WTF?!! I swear, I could have a runny nose and my colleagues would say, "Its all that running you do". So, between seeing patients Lori gets a CT scan. I must say my friend Mark in CT (who I send many a patient) was all to happy to jab me… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 30, 2013 at 7:03am — No Comments

Rockstar Runner!

Dropped 41 lbs, her blood sugar dropped from av eraging 230 to the new 140..and less.

AND....drumroll please...... she is running up to 4 miles at a time!  She is curing her own diabetes and high blood pressure.  We are rolling back and maybe..who knows...someday soon get to stop those medications.... you know... the ones the drug companies would have  patients…

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Added by Lori Enlow on May 29, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Top 5 Cool Running Places You Have Never Heard Of

People run for all reasons, ranging from purely fitness, to racing, to adventure experiences, and travel.  I am fortunate enough to live near epic, worldclass mountain running in the Tetons of Jackson Hole.  The great thing about living here is the access I have to these mountains.  I also have the opportunity to travel to many great places to run and many of the adventures that stick out in my mind are the ones that flew under the radar and were not expected.  Places that might get over…

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Added by Eric Orton on May 28, 2013 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Tresspassing....

Lunch run today. Hot and humid...get used to it lori! My usual lunch run route.....but wait...the reservoir that I run past..the one with the 12 foot chain link fence and razor wire...with the big NO TRESSPASSING sign..the gait is open. Hmmmm...should I trespass? I can see they just cut the grass around the water, suuuhweeet soft grass run. Hmmmm....3 second pause and up the hill and through the gate...like peter cotton tail. Oh man did that grass feel good! Oh man did that wind that always… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 28, 2013 at 12:24pm — 2 Comments

Don't tell my husband, but I fell in love this weekend...

with trail running! I have pretty much been a road runner for over 20 years. Since I have decided to run a 50k trail race in October, I figured it would be a good idea to start running on trails. I'm lucky to be only about 20 minutes away from the US White Water Center, so I drove up there Sunday morning to try out the trails. I took my first few steps and fell COMPLETELY in love!! I've always been an avid backpacker, so I love being on trails, and during my run I kept asking myself why in…

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Added by Karen Blackert on May 28, 2013 at 5:23am — 2 Comments

Next up...War Eagle...lets fly!

War Eagle 50k, it's what's for breakfast next Saturday. I get to climb that pole, the one that sways in the wind... the one that's 50 feet tall. I get to stand on that 12" platform, balancing as it sways, hands tightly clasped around the ropes tied to my waist. The trapeze bar just close enough to touch with my fingertips, but far enough to have to jump to get it. I get to let go and jump, to reach, to demand the impossible...without expectation. Get the bar (time goal), miss the bar...the… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 27, 2013 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Nathan Vapor Shape hydration pack

Here's some pics of the new pack. Fits great on first try for a small frame. light and comfortable...it outghta be..it's expensive..around $115-$130. Over the next couple weeks will hit the trails with it for longer runs and let ya know what I think.   My previous pack was an Ultimate Direction Wisp...awesome, but I'm wanting to try one that has a front pocket for a water bottle. I'm trying to use handhelds on shorter ultras. I'm still not used to hand-helds....getting there and can now…

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Added by Lori Enlow on May 25, 2013 at 8:42pm — 6 Comments

Day Ohn Day 10k...missed it by that much...well maybe a little more ;o)

Was shootin' for a 43:30, trying to pace at 6:45-7min mi.  I knew that would be a tall order for me.  I've done shorter intervals at that pace, and I managed to pace near that the first 10k of a 15k I ran in the late fall.   I knew it was possible but by no means easy. It was a bit of a bad omen when I had to stop to hit the bathroom 3 times on the way to the race (an hour drive). Maybe too much coffee? :/ did half my warm up and realized I would need to find the bathroom...again. My gut was… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 25, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Where's the bottom?!

Wow. I'm really starting to get it. I get what Eric is talking about.  I feel what Eric is talking about. Now, the distances I'm going to share with you aren't awe-inspiring or anything like that, but its the "A-ha" moment for me that prompts me to write about my running this past weekend. So... with a little encouragement from Lori, I've decided to train for a 50K. Its brought a whole new level of excitement and nervousness to my running.…

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Added by Karen Blackert on May 20, 2013 at 5:01am — 2 Comments

I think my face is melting off

I was pretty sure my face was going to melt off today. You know, like the guy in Indiana Jones at the end of the movie when he looked at the Ark of the Covenant.  That's how I felt at one point today. Needless to say this drama queen is struggling a bit with the sudden heat wave we are experiencing. Got pretty nauseated during speed work yesterday and hit the trails this morning with the same. I knew I had near 3 hours of running on the agenda. After 30 minutes I called it quits. Mild - mod…

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Added by Lori Enlow on May 18, 2013 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

A Birthday Gift...

So, I am now up to a 7 minute run/1 minute walk for 40 minutes, and moving on to 9 minutes run/1 minute walk for 40 minutes tomorrow. The running is moving forward and I am now actually really enjoying it. Especially the trail runs across The Chase, which are absolutely wonderful. I can't believe that people run with earphones in, when the sound of nature is all around them. Can't wait until I am in the mountains.



I am also the proud owner a pair of off-road running shoes, a running…

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Added by Emma Setterfield on May 16, 2013 at 9:46am — No Comments

Chasing the Dragon in 2018 from a Standstill

And so it begins...



It has been 18 months since my last challenge, which was The Scotland Coast to Coast hosted by The Rat Race, and now I am ready for a new one. So at the end of March I started looking, and fell on the Mountain Marathon, generally a two day event running in the mountains, visiting control points along the way.

This was all very well, but I have a fear of bogs, heights and the dark, not to mention the fact that I haven’t run in those last 18 months so my…

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Added by Emma Setterfield on May 14, 2013 at 9:50am — 4 Comments

The long bonk and the return

It's always fun to talk about good and great training days or races..but let's face it, they ain't always all that! Saturday started out great...felt good going out...maybe too good? Tried to hold back/or at least not charge forward (or did I?). Saturday's training run? 1 hour easy, a whole bunch of steep hill repeats lasting about 45 min, then another hour and 15 easyish. First hour felt great. Hill repeats were tough, burning quads, burning lungs, hands on knees for a few seconds...ok maybe… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 13, 2013 at 7:24am — No Comments

My Cool Impossible

Ok, people. I have mostly been lurking around Eric's site, reading all the great posts from people, an occassional comment/like. It's time for me to be more involved. I have been a runner for 21 years, running lots of 5k's and 10k's and one marathon. I read BTR about 18 months ago and it set me on fire! I have such a renewed love for running- its taken me out of a routine/rut! I've been running in minimalist shoes for 14-15 months, slowly increasing my distance. I run anywhere from 18-30…

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Added by Karen Blackert on May 9, 2013 at 8:24am — 6 Comments

Eric's Training and All the Rest

Hi All,

My name is Rich and I have been a part of Eric's site for a long time.  Recently I was having trouble with tightness at the front of my calf, just outside of my shin bone.  After trips to the doc etc, I am now doing physical therapy.  What is interesting is what the PT told me and what he is having me do.  He told me that strength and balance are two of the most important things that runners need and that proper form is crucial to running injury free.  To that end he…

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Added by Richard McGaha on May 8, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments

A call for comments...mainly from the girlies out there

So I need help finding a racing vest for the shorter ultras--ha! If that's not a contradiction of terms! For the past 2 years I've used a full hydration pack for all my long runs and ultras. I decided to try using a hand-held bottle at my last 55k. I realized over the course that I was able to drink so much more water and stay better fueled and hydrated simply becuase I wasn't getting little bitty sips fighting gravity and suction from the tubing on my hydration pack. The newer higher flow… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 8, 2013 at 8:15am — 5 Comments

Boston...Clutter vs Treasures

I was excited to see another runner's post about his race/running experience. It rang many little bells in my brain. It's fun to find common feelings and experiences in others you admire. I was thinking about the runner's comment about processing his experience and feeling a bit like he had clutter that had yet to find it's place. Later I ran across an interview Coach Eric gave talking about Boston. I still have such a weird mixed bag of emotions (clutter?) about that day. I still feel guilty… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 7, 2013 at 2:55pm — 2 Comments

Week 58.5

I can't really properly describe how I feel about myself now, because I'm not entirely sure I know. On Sunday I ran 44 miles, finding some very good things within myself along the way, but I still don't think it's properly sunk in.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I ran around 27 miles to the start line of a new local race, a 17-mile cross country called the Hartland Hartbreaker. I was feeling not so much nervous as…

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Added by Ben Brewer on May 7, 2013 at 5:02am — 2 Comments

Next phase...

Welp, next training phase has begun for Leadville. More early mornings, longer runs, focus is now on distance speed endurance. I can run long distances...but maintaining endurance and speed as the miles...and miles..and miles pile up is where work is needed. So 4:30 am alarm today to head to Turkey Mt.  Ohhhhhh sooooo sleepy and NOT wanting to get up!  Slip out of the house without waking children.  Laarge coffee and food and off I go.  Sleepy eyed-sleepy head until....like magic!...good ole… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on May 5, 2013 at 12:56pm — 2 Comments

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