June 2009 Blog Posts (13)

Thanks Eric and 100 Mile Plan Update

I just wanted to thank you Eric, for all the work, knowledge, and advice you share with all of us runners. It's obvious that you put in a lot of work in all of this, including your training, websites, and answering our questions, and I hope you know you're efforts are appreciated more than you know.

I'm on week 8 of your 24 week 100 mile plan, and I'm loving it. Things are going great and I feel the plan is working very well. I'm seeing very noticable improvements right now with… Continue

Added by Thomas Orf on June 29, 2009 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

Progress and sponsors

Not sure how many people actually read this, but writing like running is therapy to me. If I don't do either very often, I start to feel crazy.

First, my new nickname could be "Dead Legs". Man, is that ever something I'm trying to get over. Slowly but surely, with the help of way more food than I'm used to eating at this point, I'm crawling out of the dead leg hole and feeling strong again. It's a confidence booster to hit a stride and feel good halfway through a run when you started… Continue

Added by Dustin Hucks on June 26, 2009 at 12:37am — 3 Comments

Chia Power Gel

So, I have finally "Americanized" the Chia seed into a performance enhancement power gel.

Here is my recipe:

1/3 cup chia seeds

2 cups water

one packet of Emergen-C (your favorite flavor)

Mix the chia seeds and water in a big bowl using a wisk. Place in the refrigerator and wisk every 5-10 minutes until the mixture starts to solidify and form a gel.

Then take one of your gel flasks that you use on your long runs ~ 8-9 ounce container. Pour… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on June 24, 2009 at 4:35pm — 8 Comments

1975 Sauvie Island Marathon

Since the photo on my page is a relatively current picture of me cycling, I thought I should post an old running photo, just to feel a little more a part of the Running With Eric team. The photo was taken at the 1975 Island Marathon on Sauvie Island, just north of Portland, Oregon. The shoes: Nike Cortez. (I actually did a lot of my "training" for this race in a pair of high top, green suede Nike Bruin basketball shoes -- such was the… Continue

Added by Keith Peters on June 18, 2009 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Nike Free 5.0

I tried out my Nike Frees yesterday for the first time...it's been a while since I tried any running so I just did 2-3 min runs followed by 2 min walking on the treadmill for 20 mins.. I could feel a difference when I ran, it seemed that my heels were coming up higher than I remember before and I was taking shorter strides. ...It's been almost 24 hours now and my shins have not started hurting yet.... I'm going to try it again tomorrow and see how if feels...

still waiting on my… Continue

Added by Kelly Hester on June 18, 2009 at 12:01pm — 2 Comments

Coming together...

Been a while since I've written anything, which I intend to remedy.

My website is up.


Pretty proud of it, and I hope it grows. I had my first interview in what I hope is many this morning. Got to talk about the training, how excited I am about the run, why I'm doing it. I think about these things often, but it's nice to verbalize them every once in a while. It makes it feel more real when I'm telling another human being who is then going to tell… Continue

Added by Dustin Hucks on June 18, 2009 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Long Run Endurance Myth

Endurance athletes and coaches usually say that they perform long workouts for three key reasons: to build strength, boost endurance and add volume to the overall training load, presumably leading to significant gains in physiological fitness. VO2max, for example, is generally considered to increase directly and predictably in response to increased training mileage.

Unfortunately, these popular assumptions are slightly misleading. Taking the notion that long sessions build strength, for… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on June 17, 2009 at 10:44pm — 2 Comments

Long Run Hill Workout (100 Mile Plan)

I'm a little confused on how to do the hill workout mentioned on week 8 of your 100 mile plan. It says, MS1: 4 X 8 min. hill climbs in high zone 4 with 2-3 min. RI.

Am I supposed to have a hill tall enough where I can run for 8 minutes up it, or do I go up and down a hill and do this for 8 minutes?

I also want to add that I thoroughly am enjoying your 100 mile plan. It's structured in a great way and all the workouts I feel have a very specific purpose, and no wasted time. I… Continue

Added by Thomas Orf on June 17, 2009 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

The dreaded PF

Hi Eric,

I have been dealing with low-level plantar fasciitis for a year or two. It isn't debilitating, but it does seem to be exacerbated by running. This is unacceptable to me, as there is nothing I'd rather do than run through the trails near my home in Northern California. I stopped running for two months (and did a lot of swimming), but it didn't seem to have any real effect. I just signed up for a trail marathon in December (and will likely use your training program), and I was… Continue

Added by Clark Kent on June 17, 2009 at 1:54pm — 6 Comments


I have been working with Eric for a few years and he has helped me thru injuries and 2 operations. He has the ability to put a positive spin on a negative situation and kept me going during the tough times. This past weekend I was able to TRUST my training, race HARD, and have a little FUN.


Added by Margot Watters on June 16, 2009 at 6:36am — 1 Comment

Variety is the Spice of Your Running Life - Part 2

This is what I mean by variety: just when your body is getting pretty smug about how fit it is getting, you pull the rug out from under it and give it something uniquely challenging. Instead of running the same hill at your best pace, for example, you turn on the heat with very short hill repetitions. Instead of focusing completely on the repetitive movements associated with running, you embark on an intense six-week program of whole-body proprioceptive work to improve your overall coordination… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on June 10, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Variety is the Spice of Your Running Life - Part 1

As a runner, you are constantly confronted with a basic problem: there are literally dozens of different workouts to choose from, which differ dramatically from each other in nature, intensity, and duration. How is it possible to know which workout is the optimal one for a particular day?

Take tomorrow, for example: are you really sure that your planned workout is the absolute-best option? Might it not be preferable to carry out a more prolonged session at a lower average intensity? Would… Continue

Added by Eric Orton on June 5, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Training thus far...

Wanted to update. First, it's good to see so many people joining. Twelve on Tuesday! That's awesome.

So, training. Eric has really shifted me away from what I thought running was about, which was pushing myself...the wrong way. Granted, at the time, I had no idea I was approaching things backwards. Eric is pushing me to run stronger, not harder. When I first looked at my running schedule, I was sort of let down by the puny run times. One hour? Fifteen minutes of barefoot jogging?… Continue

Added by Dustin Hucks on June 4, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

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