September 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Flatrock 25K race report

This is the second 25k I've ever done. Last one was a year ago at Pumpkin Holler. I nearly blew up then. I went out too fast trying to keep up with the lead females and as I struggled and fell further and further behind I fought harder and slowed more. I struggle with pacing, with trusting my ability, and running my own race early on.

Today was different. I held back early on, letting the lead female go. I watched only my heart rate and not red lining it. I worried that I felt too… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on September 28, 2013 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

1 mile test...insert sirens, crash and burn sound effects!

It wasn't pretty and I knew it wouldn't be at 1 minute. Goal? Under 6:00... actual..6:19. Went out like a crazy woman. At one minute I was averaging a 4:58...oops. Then came the most painful 3 laps of my life! The only thing that kept me from quitting was the thought of having to do it again. As I lay flat on my back on the track looking at the stars (passerbys giving me strange looks), I realized, any day this 40 year old mother of 3 can get up at 4 something am and go bust it out on a track… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on September 24, 2013 at 7:45am — No Comments

Week 8 - A Recovery Week Victory

It's been awhile since I've put in an update. I'm into week 10 of phase 1 from The Cool Impossible and all is going well. I'll have more about weeks 9 and 10 later on but for now I just want to focus on the end of week 8. It appeared to be another recovery week, so I did not expect any challenges to arise, but lo and behold one did. It was more mental than physical, but it's really helped energize me in these subsequent weeks. It was on the last day, time for my long slow run. Fortunately it…


Added by Kevin Dunn on September 20, 2013 at 1:13am — No Comments


I've been running for three years and I ran my first 50 mile race last May, TNF Endurance Challenge at Bear Mt.  My right heel really started to bother me about 2/3rds into the race.  I figured that my feet were not use to the very rocky terrain.  My heel continued to bother me  through May and got to the point where I had trouble walking.  My Podiatrist took x-rays and I had a fractured heel bone.  Six weeks in soft cast, then I was told no running for 4  weeks, then I was told that I have…


Added by Jim Arrow on September 19, 2013 at 1:13pm — 2 Comments

achilles tendonitis victim of 5 years hoping to run pain free finally!

Hi I am so excited to have been given The Cool Impossible by my friend for my birthday this summer.  I've been battling Achilles Tendonitis for 5 years now, and have tried literally EVERYTHING possible to fix it, but it still plagues me. 

In the meantime, I ran my first Marathon in 2010, my second in 2011, and two half marathons in between, skipping 2012 because I just didn't feel I could do it again with pain....I've been running (and I use the term loosely...more like slow…


Added by Laura Quintanilla on September 13, 2013 at 5:05pm — 3 Comments

My Cool Impossible

Where to begin? Qualified for Boston 2012 and 2013 during two marathons in 2011. Then in December 2011 I contracted kidney disease. After 5 months of bed rest and 14 months of immune suppression meds I'm almost back to normal. I couldn't run Boston in 2012 as the fatigue was to much to overcome. I was back in training for 2013, but a month before the race I suffered a blood clot in my lung. My Doc ordered me to stop running. We went to Boston to watch the marathon, and the unthinkable happened.… Continue

Added by David Ranta on September 11, 2013 at 9:20pm — 3 Comments

Right Muscles for the Right Job

When you’re running, do you use the muscle groups that you should be using?

I’ve analyzed the running form of a lot of people, both on the treadmill and running outdoors, and it’s clear that a lot of people only use their anterior (front) kinetic chain in order to power their forward running motion, i.e. they rely on their quads and hip flexors to do most of the work - and they often run with their pelvis tilted forwards. This is particularly…


Added by Gary Reynolds on September 11, 2013 at 1:07am — No Comments

Final Prep for G2G Ultra

The G2G is less then 3 weeks away.  It is time to get serious about figuring out the logistics of packing and working out my race strategy for a 6 day self-supported stage race.  I have been dealing with a hurt achilles and although it is getting stronger and feeling better, it has set me back in my training a bit.  This last month, I have focused on cross training and hiking with my pack.  I may not be as competitive as I would like in the race but feel good about my endurance.  During my…


Added by Margot W on September 4, 2013 at 12:33pm — 1 Comment

Tenderness of feet

I've been running in minimalistic shoes - 5 Fingers and Vivobarefoot - for a few months now, but still feel tenderness under my feet at the landing zone. Depending on the distance, it sometimes actually feels bruised. Is it normal to still feel tenderness?

Added by Sindy-ann on September 3, 2013 at 7:31am — 4 Comments

next cool impossible

Tor Des Geants. It's a 330 kilometer (206 mi) endurance run traversing the Italian Alps. Up and down and up and down ;)

24,000 meters (78,000 ft) of climbing.

So why, why this one? I don't know....I just know....ya know? There used something inside of me that just knows. I have no frame of reference to be able give a really logical reason, or provide a long resume of experience to prove (mainly to family and friends) that I am competent to undertake such a feat. Shit, they all… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on September 2, 2013 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

Week 6, Week <mumble, cough>, and Week 7. Plus some ephemera.

Another entry in my ongoing journey through Coach Eric's Cool Impossible Foundation Program. Weeks 6 and 7 were a little challenging given that my family summer vacation fell in the middle of it. I managed to complete week 6, but week 7 got a little derailed so I just started it over when I got back. I did manage a little bit of cross training pushing my kids in the triple stroller around Disneyland, the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and Legoland over an 8 day period. For some reason the…


Added by Kevin Dunn on September 1, 2013 at 10:35pm — No Comments

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