December 2013 Blog Posts (29)


Joe Fejes is running a 6 day ultra. He is in first, second to legendary Yiannis Kouros (just Google that name). 72 hours in he was 10 miles ahead of Korous - not much considering 3 days left...but get this..He has run 303 miles in 72 hrs! ...With 3 days left in the race! Check out standings at

Added by Lori Enlow on December 31, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

A little bit about me.

I am 43years old and live in Nottingham UK ,originally from Scotland I moved south for work and liked it so much i stayed met a good woman and set up home here.  I've been running for about 3 years , I started out just running round a local park with some friends and to be honest it was a real struggle for me,I had been weight training at the gym and thought this was fitness, until I tried running. Trying to run a mile without stopping was tough but I stuck at it ,from that we progressed to…


Added by robert gorman on December 31, 2013 at 7:30am — 4 Comments


After reading The Cool Impossible, I have realized that there are many similarities between reading and running. For those who have not read The Cool Impossible, Eric brings his readers to Jackson Hole where you visualize running in the mountains while you dream about your next adventure.  The difference between his book and others is that he gives you the tools to accomplish your cool impossible.  

Reading allows me to unplug and loose myself into the readers world.  Many of the…


Added by Margot W on December 31, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Xmas on the slant board

Big party of friends and relatives on Boxing Day. Someone spots the slant board in the corner of the room. Hey, what's that? Can we try? Suddenly, it's a party game - who can hold position for longest (made more fun by the wine/champagne quotient)? End result, two people have ordered the book and asked me to make them a slant board each... I'm doing my bit for getting a runner in every family!

Added by Paul Weeks on December 30, 2013 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Day #1 B2R Sugar Detox and Training.

So, apparently.........I don't have any core muscles at all! The upper work out was tough man! 

I only managed one set of the minimum reps on each but I am happy as I started to learn how to perform the exercises and I also realised how weak I am in the core. This must be why I often get a sore back after running and from my work (as a Nurse). 

Below is my Blogger blogg link.

My Cool Impossible is in motion! …


Added by Gary Tuck (Tuckiaki Running) on December 27, 2013 at 3:37am — 2 Comments

Cool Impossible week 3

So enter the Cool Impossible strength program. I ended my season in 10/31/13 with persistent aches and pains that would flare even on shorter runs.  Over my 3 week break, my knee settled down, but my R achilles and heel flared a little. I was nervous that starting back up again would make things worse, that my knee would flare, that the heel pain and tight Achilles would get worse and that I wouldn't even be able to get off the ground with running again. OHHHH the humanity!…


Added by Lori Enlow on December 26, 2013 at 6:29pm — 5 Comments

Training Record (Sharing document)

Hi, just thought I would share. 

This is my training record (for 2 people) for the start of our cool impossible training which commences tomorrow.



Added by Gary Tuck (Tuckiaki Running) on December 26, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Music while you run

Eric's training has had other, unexpected effects.

Do you listen to music when you run? I used to. Fast salsa or French Caribbean music for speed sessions, loud, angry live Bob Dylan for the long runs. The fast stuff was great for setting a brisk rhythm, then loud stuff kept me going through the pain of a long hill, or the pain of the last 2 miles of a 13 mile run. It was a motivation and also a distraction - if I was listening to music then there was less of my brain reporting on the…


Added by Paul Weeks on December 26, 2013 at 2:17am — No Comments


I badly need to improve my eating habits. Food is my weakness! I want to do the twenty-day sugar detox; does the detox include artificial sweeteners such as Stevia? How about gluten-free? Is this a good diet for runners? And how about beans like kidney and black, is it okay to eat them if they're canned? I've always heard you should eat fresh, frozen, then canned if you have to. If anyone has any suggestions to nutrition, I would greatly appreciate it! 

Added by Amanda French on December 25, 2013 at 9:01pm — 3 Comments

Merry xmas and a happy new running year

Felt good running with my father in law today. We did 12,5 km. Warmed up with the slant board. Some massage of my calves afterwards. Have a good feeling in my legs. Thank you for all advices in my prior posts.

Merry Christmas to you all!


Added by David Emilsson on December 24, 2013 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Running coaches

I've tried two different running coaches this year, hoping to get someone with an expert eye to look at my form, and suggest improvements. But finding someone who knows anything about forefoot striking is not easy. My wife eventually found someone styled as the Paleo Runner, and bought me a 2 hour 1 on 1 training session for my birthday. It was certainly interesting. On the one hand, there was a load of stuff I just don't buy - the paleo diet, for one. And as far as running went, he was a…


Added by Paul Weeks on December 23, 2013 at 12:26pm — 2 Comments

Bring it on

Ok, lesson learned. Plan for recovery. Note taken. Took a first run since two weeks back. Just to see what it feels like in my calves. Just a short, slow 3,5 km. Warming up with Erics slant board excercises. (Have I mentioned that I really appretiated your book?!) Writing this a couple of hours later and the feeling is ok. I'm really going to do as you recommended in my last post.

I've had some time to think about my cool impossible for next year... So I'm looking forward to running… Continue

Added by David Emilsson on December 22, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments

Cool Impossibility

These CIs are going to seem terribly tame and mundane compared to some of the inspiring examples already posted. But as Eric says in the book, the real point of the CI is the process of getting there, not the actual accomplishment. So I plan to just concentrate on the process and let the accomplishments take me by surprise (at current rates of speed improvement, in six months I'll be completing a 10K before I've actually started, which would surprise everyone!).

So, for 2014, I want…


Added by Paul Weeks on December 20, 2013 at 3:50pm — 4 Comments

Rest and Recovery

Taking some time out to let my calf muscles relax and unknot after their hour of cadence work. Soft tissue massage this afternoon. But even on the non-running days I get to have fun on the fitball - the children love crawling underneath while I'm doing rockers as they try to avoid being run over by the big white squishy ball...

Added by Paul Weeks on December 19, 2013 at 5:31am — No Comments

Half & Half Trail

This 13.1 mile trail race was certainly a learning experience for me. Earlier this year in July, I ran a 5 mile trail, and enjoyed every minute of it, and since then I have eagerly wanted to trail run again. The opportunity came about, and I took happily took it. Race day came; I was nervous because I knew I would be running along with experienced runners. I wasn’t running this race for time but for the experience and enjoyment. The gun fired.  Up the hill and through the woods on a trail…


Added by Amanda French on December 17, 2013 at 8:34pm — 2 Comments

Phase 1 running

Phase 1 Week 7 Day 1

Eric, I just want to say thank you. You've made an immeasurable change to the quality of my life. This program is incredible! Running feels so strong, so easy, so fast. My cadence Zone 2 run today was a 7.5 mile zip through the West Oxfordshire countryside, an amazing 35 seconds per mile quicker than exactly the same run just a month ago. My progress is just amazing - I never thought I could run like this. And all the old aches and niggles and stiffness and chronic…


Added by Paul Weeks on December 17, 2013 at 1:07pm — 1 Comment

Week 2 on my way to 2014 CI

Lots of strength work! I actually stared the upper body exercises from The Cool Impossible book about 4 weeks ago and added the lower body exercises 2 weeks ago.  I basically just follow the book pic by pic. Have not developed the strength/stamina yet to start the advanced exercises, but plan to start the stability disc this week...that should be interesting!! I can easily…


Added by Lori Enlow on December 17, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Fourth week *In recover mode*

Ok, so I started off a little hard. So I over worked my FHL... What to do, what to do... Head on to some alternative training. Jumping in the water to do some swimming instead. Feels ok, although I miss the running, but want to feel well in my calves/FHL til Christmas as I scheduled a run with my father in law then.

Keep your fingers crossed!


Added by David Emilsson on December 14, 2013 at 1:45pm — 2 Comments

Swiss Ball

Hi the swissball look seemed innocent, like a child toy, however after 2 reps of the excercises, I kind of changed my mind about it :-);

Anyway I think my cool impossible will be either the Zinal or the Zermatt sky-running, both places are stunning beautifull.

Added by Egon Madsen on December 14, 2013 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

2013 Kepler Challenge

Due to a string of unrelated and non-running injuries, I was unable to run from May 2012 to late Sept 2013. This left far too little time to train for my 2013 Cool Impossible, but made it an even better goal.



Added by Andrew Pealing on December 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

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