Lori Enlow's Blog (185)

Ready...AIM...fire! Founders Day 5k

Last week I got the opportunity to attempt to hit some targets at a makeshift shooting range at the coaxing of my brother in law, Scotty, former military police.  It was an automatic rifle of sorts...a heavy one with a scope.  After getting the basics down I took aim. I had a hard time honing in on the target. The gun was heavy, challenging to find aim and hone in due to the weight and trying to use the scope. It took a lot longer than I thought, but I was determined to keep…


Added by Lori Enlow on March 1, 2014 at 8:31pm — 7 Comments

World's highest hill

1,999 feet I believe... Cavanall hill


Oklahoma's claim to the World's Highest Hill.  Today's plan was to fuel better, pre run and during to try and have better through run stamina and be able to get into zone 4b for most of the climbing.   I don't do particularly well with pre run fueling...thought I was going big with a serving or little…


Added by Lori Enlow on February 26, 2014 at 10:36am — 1 Comment

And my legs were like..."Hey!...I thought we were done!"

Got to get out for a group long run yesterday. Invited by friends for a 15 mile trail run a couple hours from home along the Buffalo River. With a sunrise like that, I knew it was going to be a good day!    

We left a vehicle at the start and finish, an 11 mile stretch. The plan was to go…


Added by Lori Enlow on February 24, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

1 mile test...You can breathe Paul..the race is still on!

Ok, Paul Weeks….you can breathe...I didn’t go sub 6:00 on this one, but it was a good test...I think. 

 The result today? 6:35. The game is still on brother! I was more satisfied with this test than any other i’ve done. I was definitely equally as nervous in the…


Added by Lori Enlow on February 21, 2014 at 10:34am — 3 Comments

I'm thinking...I'm thinking...oh dear there she goes again.

Thinking about training after reading different posts and thinking back to my training and racing over the past couple years....A lot of people think "THE race...THE event" is the hardest part. One thing has always struck me at the end of the season. The training, was the ultimate ultra.  Whether you be training for a 5k PR or a 100 miler...the week after week, run after run…


Added by Lori Enlow on February 14, 2014 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

20 miles please, and I'll take a few hills on the side..oh and track work for desert

I hit the trails yesterday for my long run...20 miles. Energy level pre run was really good despite knowing my legs were likely to be a little tired, and should be for where I am at in training cycle. One of the things I am learning and need to learn is how to run on tired legs, how to manage my effort. It’s always easy to have a good mind set on long…


Added by Lori Enlow on February 13, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments


Boy this morning tested me. 4: 45 am run. 7 mi with 8x400 speed intervals followed by 2X 200 speedier intervals in -3 windchill blowing snow. It was tough and I wanted it to be easier, but very pleased with results #feelinglikeachamp

Added by Lori Enlow on February 6, 2014 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

I did not want to run!

The weather was not cooperating nicely at all. 31 degrees and sleeting heavily. I had good excuses not to run. The roads were not in good shape, schools were closed, smart people were staying inside and running on treadmills. Coach would understand. I headed out. drove slowly to the preserve and veeery reluctantly got out of the car. I decided, "don't think, just do". My thoughts were filled with reasons not to go. I made sure I had everything I would need to be safe, warm, dry and…


Added by Lori Enlow on February 4, 2014 at 2:35pm — 1 Comment


First up this year is Cruel Jewel. Questions floating in my brain...are my legs REALLY gonna be able to do this whole series? I've never climbed 17,000ft in one race...in 56 miles to be exact. Am I gonna be crying with my tail between my legs after the very first race? I am terrified and excited....and terrified!  I don't feel like I need any answers. They won't come anyway, so why spend the energy trying to figure  what the outcome will be. There's no way to tell.  And I love that. So, like…


Added by Lori Enlow on February 2, 2014 at 2:40pm — 7 Comments

Hill repeats at Hobbs

I love this place...sweet, only mildly technical trail at times, and fairly long stretches of what you see here.

On today's agenda was 5 minute hill repeats getting into zone 4a to 5a, and making sure to hit 5a by the end. Coffee and my favorite fruit, kale and egg protein smoothie in, I made the hour and a half drive to Hobbs State Park for today's adventure. My new work schedule with rotating shifts offered me 3 weekdays off this week...penance will be paid…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 28, 2014 at 1:10pm — 2 Comments

Go Short, Go Long 10k race report...It didn't MEAN anything!

"What if you striped away the need to know and the need for "meaning"'- Eric's comment on his blog post Today's Thoughts On Real Performance. Timely conversation. Those words, and comments by others rattled around in my brain yesterday and early this morning as I started to think about the race.  I tend to stress out more about the 5k - 10k races than the ultra distances...the farther the race the less "fear" I have. 5k and 10ks are so raw. For me it's a really stripped down way of assessing…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 25, 2014 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Ouachita Trail Switchbacks 25/50k race report...

This one was a blast!  ….mostly because I wasn’t running it! Ha!  Kidding aside, I did really want to run this race...but... I was gonna get the best of both worlds. I would get to run some of the course, work the aid station with my kiddos, and cheer on other runners and enjoy the fact that their suffering was not mine! Muahhahaha.

This is a rugged, rugged course. Rocks and roots and leaves everywhere. Plenty of climbing and descending as well.…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 22, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments


When Jeff sent out a call for anyone to join him on a expedition to shoot some pics of a waterfall, he had hoped would be frozen, I was in! I’ve seen some of his work, he takes amazing pictures in amazing places. Fortunately, I happened to be off work on Friday, and fortunately, I needed a good trail run. Luck was on my side. My only request was that he would point me to a good “hilly” trail. He wanted to get the pics at sunup which meant a 3am alarm...small price to pay.…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 20, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments

What is a skyrunner?

Skyrunner = Runs distance + vertical. Circumstances changed. I didn't make Tahoe 200, Western States 100, Wasatch 100.  My luck sucks...or is awesome, depending on how one looks at it. These "no's" made

 me question what I really want to do. What REALLY charges me as a runner?  Well, I wanna be a skyrunner! Picking tahoe 200 and Tor  Des geants is evidence of…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 15, 2014 at 11:16am — No Comments

Holy cow, my feet are weak!

Well I'll be darned!   Man howdy, I have been on the strength program! Doing the upper and lower body circuit straight out of the CI book even some advanced moves....exceeept for the balance sequence. You know the very first foot exercises?  I thought since I have been training with Eric now for a couple of years, I was far beyond the simple balance exercises....I mean, I 

did those 2 years ago...I can do leg lifts on the balance board now and fitball lunges and…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 13, 2014 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Just one more #$%^ing 200 sprint!

That was my thought on number 8 of my 8 x 200meter sprints. Holy sheeshums those were tough! As usual very nervous prior to speedwork this morning. The warm-up was all about thinking about the speedwork to come. I did 6 x 200 at the same pace last week and struggled, so I was worried there was no way I was going to be able to do 8. And of course those thoughts..."well if you…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 8, 2014 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Speed work along the Arkansas River

Got the to treat myself to a run the Riverparks paved trails along the banks of the Arkansas river in Tulsa. This is a great place do do speed work. Flat smooth trails that go forever along the river. Lots of runners and bikers along the way. Often I never see anyone on my trail runs.  Lots of nods and…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 4, 2014 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Oh @#$! I'm going to run 200 miles...at once!

First trail run of 2014!  ..and it hit! ...I WILL be running a 200 mile mountain race this year!  either Tahoe 200 or Tor Des Geants. This has already spurred me to think a little different about training and paying attention to different things as I run trails. Normally, I look at my long trail run for the day and base my effort on how long THAT run is. I often treat my long runs like races, “Ok how fast can I go in that amount…


Added by Lori Enlow on January 3, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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 www.aravaiparunning.com/ultrarunning.com/ultracast-results/

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

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