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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Lori Enlow on February 24, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
"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…Continue
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.…Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Lori Enlow on January 20, 2014 at 10:39am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lori Enlow on January 15, 2014 at 11:16am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Lori Enlow on January 4, 2014 at 7:29pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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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!…Continue