May 2014 Blog Posts (10)

11 Weeks = 43 Seconds

Yesturday I again completed the mile test which is completed as part of Phase 1, Week 12 and I shaved 43 seconds from my initial test completed before I began the Strategic Running Foundation as outlined in TCI.

I ran my initial mile test 11 weeks ago in 7.57 (rounded down to 7.55 for the speed zone calculations) with me running 7.14 this time that I will round up to 7.15 so I can adjust my speed zones accordingly.

My average HR for the test fell 10 BPM from 169 to 159 and my…


Added by Robert Burpee on May 28, 2014 at 3:36am — 4 Comments

The wolf and the Georgia Mountains

The Cherokee believed that the sun was a young woman who lived in the East. The moon was her brother and lived in the west. Eclipses were believed to be caused by a giant frog that lived in the sky and tried to swallow the moon. The lightning and the rainbow were the dress of the sons of Thunder, who lived far…


Added by Lori Enlow on May 23, 2014 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Cruel Jewel race report..swift, strong, smart..

It’s 3:10am. 24 hours ago I was chasing the moon up the steep GA mountains. It seems a bit surreal...until I doze off and somewhere between consciousness and deep sleep I start dreaming. I see my feet in my headlamp and about 6ft of rocky, rooty, wet trail in front of me. I’m on the Notorious “Dragon Spine” of the Cruel Jewel course. I’m…


Added by Lori Enlow on May 20, 2014 at 9:27am — 7 Comments


I rediscovered this about an hour ago and thought you all might like this. I think it's wonderful and hope you do too.


Wish I could...



I am hereby officially tendering

my resignation as an adult. I have

decided I would like to accept the

responsibilities of an 8 year-old again.

I want to go to McDonald's and think

that it's a four star restaurant.…


Added by Robert Burpee on May 16, 2014 at 5:53am — No Comments

Peace and Hang Loose

I had heard him coming before I saw him.  Huffing and puffing, rhythmically out of breath and out of sight, but nearing me as he ran to the top of the ridge.  It was hard to tell what kind of runner he was, as his breathing provided no clue. The trail was so steep that his slow speed presented his silhouette like a rapid sunrise against the ridge line.  First his head, ear…


Added by Eric Orton on May 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Winter Miles Bring Spring Smiles

Wow it was nice to sweat today.  Got in the first 'dry' trail run of the year and boy did it feel great.  My early Spring strength running really paid off as I put in 2,000 feet of climbing in 6.5 miles.  I really was curious to see how I would feel on this climbs and felt in mid-summer form, which is really exciting and motivating now that the trails are melting…


Added by Eric Orton on May 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Some Very Sad News

Late this afternoon Tommy Hafey lost his short battle with a second brain tumor and has died at 83. It is a shock to all as everyone believed this man would live forever given his healthy life style, positive outlook and his incredable fitness regime. His catch cry when anyone…


Added by Robert Burpee on May 12, 2014 at 7:14am — No Comments

10k race

Yesterday was one of my planned races before my current goal of a half-marathon this year. This particular 10k race is in my hometown and draws about 5000 people every year so it's equal parts race and festivities. 

As the course is rather flat and I've now spent 4 months working on running form and transitioning to minimalist shoes, I was hoping to be able to get close to my personal best from 4 years ago (which was the last time I did some serious…


Added by Mikael Evander on May 11, 2014 at 5:36am — 2 Comments

That’s it.  Swift, strong, smart. My mantra for running Cruel Jewel next week. If you’ve kept up any with my endless blogging, you will learn that I am quite creative and visual. I am also Cherokee, and as I grow older I am finding great joy in learning more about my heritage and our native…


Added by Lori Enlow on May 6, 2014 at 11:15am — 6 Comments


Just ran a 4:32 mile. My training has been going great and nearly all of my injuries and pains have gone away. I have been able to step up my training dramatically and have dropped time very quickly. I started about a year ago with this program, and now I have noticed how much better my form is. Thanks for this great program!

Added by Charlie on May 4, 2014 at 4:57pm — 6 Comments

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