June 2013 Blog Posts (19)

Gearing up for Leadville

By the many posts I've alredy put out there this morning on just about every subject, you can tell I've had my coffee! Well, post San Juan I am a little nervous about my cool impossible Leadville. San Juan was a training run...not a race..mentally I know this, but my time was a wee bit disappointing..ok A LOT disappointing. Not to mention the altitude sickness I experienced. I was hoping for a confidence boosting performance. I experienced some altitude sickness and hypothermia last year at… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on June 28, 2013 at 6:50am — 3 Comments

A Pleasant Surprise

Ever since I watched Eric's videos on running form, I've wanted to get a look at my own.  But I've also been embarrassed to ask anyone to take video/pictures of me running. I know that's silly but I've rarely enjoyed getting my photo taken. That's beside the point. I was finishing my long run yesterday; feeling pretty good. I realized I was running by a building that sat lower than the sidewalk I was on. I was able to see my reflection clearly in the windows and I expected to see poor form.…

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Added by Karen Blackert on June 23, 2013 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

San Juan Solstice 50 mi race report

My San Juan Solstice 50 mile race report...Trust....peace...persist.  A few days ago I was heading out the door, headed to the Armory building in Lake City, CO to sign in for my adventure. 6 hours later, feet and legs sore, recovering from a hefty dose of altitude sickness, a little pulmonary edema, awakened by coughing and heartburn from pizza and dreams of mountains, rivers, clouds, climbing, descending, incredible people and more.

5am the gun fired and we were off. I started in the…

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Added by Lori Enlow on June 23, 2013 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Injury Frustration

In mid 2012 I injured my achilles. No surgery required, but a nasty injury. At 51 things take longer to heal, and there was no way I was doing the 25th Kepler Challenge, despite having an entry (getting an entry is a race in itself, places fill in 4-5 minutes!).

By Christmas I was running again, just built up to about an hour gentle running. Physio had forbidden me to sprint.

Of course, over the Christmas break it's…

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Added by Andrew Pealing on June 20, 2013 at 8:47pm — 4 Comments

Thoughts of a Run Form newbie...

On Monday afternoon I went for a run, after getting some pointers from Eric during the group chat (which was great!). I was focused, my mind working probably harder than my legs and feet on run form, visualizing and feeling (trying to at least) based on Eric's guidelines (hopefully I was doing something right). It felt amazing. But than I thought, it was too good to be true. So this afternoon I went for another 'run form' run. Though it was hot and humid, I felt good! again! I run 2 miles…
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Added by Yael on June 19, 2013 at 10:04pm — 4 Comments

Sore arms and ultraslow running

I got home from my first real training run, and say what? My left forearm was burning as though I had just done 10 000 wall climbs (slight exaggeration). But seriously... Why does it burn? I was running the slowest I had ever ran in my life to try and stay in HRZ 2, so what was the deal here?



My guess is that maybe my fingers weren't as loose as they should have been. I was probably holding them wide open, and using those tendons in my forearms to do so.  Interesting...

This odd…

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Added by Russell Pilling on June 18, 2013 at 7:20pm — No Comments

Big Horn 50 Miler Race Report

A quick race report.   My plan was to start slow.  So slow that if I felt like I was working, slow down.  This is hard for me because I am used to being up front.  I was at the back of the pack for almost 18 miles.  I came to the aid station, fueled and relaxed.  I reloaded my vest and continued to a long section of climbing and rolling hills.  I was feeling good and was able to run the sections that I needed to.  At about 30 miles, I had passed a lot of the people that were flying in the…

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Added by Margot W on June 18, 2013 at 3:29pm — 5 Comments

An introduction to fell running...

Training has been going well since my last blog. I am now running 15 min/walking 2 for three intervals which is covering around 5 miles. The best runs have been over Cannock Chase early evening when the light has been great and the woodland just beautiful.

However, the highlight of the last few weeks has to be the Introduction to Fell Running that I did on 10 June with Dave Taylor (Fell Running Guide) in the Peak District around Burbage Moor. As I have not yet done any hill work I…

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Added by Emma Setterfield on June 18, 2013 at 6:39am — 4 Comments

I have officially dubbed the shape I'm in as "Confusing"..

Not Confusion...but Confusing.  I've started hanging out with the owner of our newly opened indoor climbing gym, who happens to be a mountaineer, rock climber, runner and fledgling swimmer and she's been positively mopping the floor with me for about a month.

It's awesome.  And a lesson in humility.  And a continuing lesson in "Shut Up and Do It". 

We've been doing run sprints, workouts with weight vests, the dreaded burpees, twists, cleans, squats...the…

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Added by Larissa Uredi on June 17, 2013 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

A New Idea for Run Strength

Throw away your preconceived notions of strength. We are not talking about heavy lifting, drifting between exercises at the gym, or fighting for space in Monday morning’s sculpt or cross-fit class. These all serve a purpose for a variety of personal reasons, but I challenge you to think differently about what a strong body should be for you as a runner. Remember, the Tarahumara Indians are not only great runners, but they’re also great…

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Added by Eric Orton on June 11, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Listen to your feet

Before I started running in 2010, I had 3 pairs of shoes - a pair for the office, a 'casual' pair for 'social' events and a pair of work boots for gigs and pubs. I loved my work boots and have worn them for about 30 odd years. And I hated wearing flip-flops / sandals

When I started running I added a pair of running shoes - picked for me by the local running shop - Saucony Jazz. They were OK but not brilliant, so in 2011 the running shop 'chose' another pair for me, Saucony Phoenix -…

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Added by Rich Warne on June 10, 2013 at 4:07pm — 2 Comments

Mountain fever

13 days to San juan. Listening to a new little catchy tune by Imagine Dragons, "On top of the world". Soon I will be there...well as close to the top of the world as I've ever been, 13,200 feet to be exact. Getting wildly excited, but also a little sad. I've experienced it numerous times since I have been introduced to mountain running. It's a fever and a longing that lingers...

Added by Lori Enlow on June 9, 2013 at 6:11pm — 1 Comment

My pace was all over the place!

That was my first comment/apology to my coach who would be looking at my run data. Literally, the blue pace line all over... way up, waaay down, stopped, started, stopped, started, waaay up, waay down, stopped....But the run...the run today was pure bliss. I knew I was a little tired from War Eagle and i'm still a little discouraged at how hard the effort vs what my data showed. The legs a little sluggish this week with recovery runs and days off.  This morning's alarm came and an…

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Added by Lori Enlow on June 8, 2013 at 7:12pm — 1 Comment

Is Running Always Pure Joy? Maybe!

Today's plan was for a nice, easy road run from home.  I set out with good motivation and about 90 seconds into it, just around the corner from home,  I stopped.  All that great motivation had blown out of me like the snow cannons blasting for avalanches in the winter.  I decided to walk and try to find some reason just to bag the run.  Ah, let me check, I bet my legs are tired.  Hmmm, nope, they actually feel great after 3 days in the mountains and over 10,000 feet of elevation gain, and…

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Added by Eric Orton on June 8, 2013 at 5:42pm — 2 Comments

Rediscovering the Joy of Running

Some background...

I thought I knew how to run. I was running with a forefoot strike way before B2R. Stumbled on it quite by accident: One day back in 1999 I was out on a favourite 5 mile loop. Half way through (after heel striking the first half) the shins locked up. Painful. Frustrating. Could barely even walk. What to do now? Long painful walk back in the cards. Found, quite by accident, that walking on tiptoes eased the pain. Hmm, what about if I try walking on tiptoes? No pain! Ok,… Continue

Added by David Pearson on June 7, 2013 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Day 1 - new world

The Cool Impossible dropped on my door mat this week - started reading and already excited about the possibilities

Added by Rich Warne on June 6, 2013 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Paragons of Strength—the Tarahumara Indians

While in Urique the days before the Copper Canyon race, I spent every possible moment watching and interacting with the Tarahumara. I wanted to know how they’d become such amazing endurance runners. What gave them the ability to run a hundred miles, more, in a single day over such extreme terrain?

I found their special “sauce.” It’s not some extra muscle or anatomical advantage. It’s many ingredients blended together: running early and a lot…

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Added by Eric Orton on June 6, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Birth of My Mantra

I "accidentally" created my mantra this past weekend. Towards the end of my long run, I was worrying about a long hill climb. I reminded myself that my reserves go much deeper than I think. I also reminded myself that I have control over my state of mind and I don't need any extra energy/muscle to adjust my state of mind. And so my mantra was born: Deep reserves, state of mind. I didn't chant it to my cadence, which I normally like to do. I just said it slowly and evenly. I…

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Added by Karen Blackert on June 4, 2013 at 5:48am — No Comments

War Eagle 50k Race Report...Demand the impossible!!!

So the pic is me post race...happy and needing a bath.  Check out the cool amulet I got from Louis Escobar. Soooo...Sitting in our hotel last night tracking weather. Many tornados for friends and neighbors in Oklahoma.. For War Eagle, lots and lots and lots of rain, lightening and thunder.  My goal for this race was a cool impossible for me...sub 5 hr.  I sat at Doe's Diner eating tamales making sure my calculations for what I would need to pace at were…

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Added by Lori Enlow on June 1, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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