Lori Enlow's Blog (185)

B2R trail prototypes

Trail tested the B2R trail prototypes today...Had a blast! Check out the pics! Feel just as good as the road version, no slipping while climbing up the steep sandy trail, good grip on wobbly rocks, can feel the ground...but not those pesky sharp little rocks! And they match my favorite running outfit!

Added by Lori Enlow on March 30, 2013 at 9:15pm — 1 Comment

Mantras For Boston...

Jump, reach, fly. Revel in the space between the board and the bar.

Added by Lori Enlow on March 29, 2013 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Learning to fly

When I was 15 I went to summer camp.  We had a ropes course.  I climbed a 50 foot pole with a 12" platform.  It swayed in the wind. There was a trapeze, just out of grip reach, just close enough to touch with my fingers. I would have to unclench my grip on the ropes that were clipped to my waist and reach out and jump. jump..not knowing what the outcome would be.  I focused so hard on how to grab that bar...on the outcome. On how to make it happen. I was afraid. I finally jumped...and… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on March 29, 2013 at 8:28pm — 1 Comment

"This is why we race...."

Starting to visualize my cool impossible for Boston. Nervous excitement? or just nervous? 3:29, that...or less is what I want to see on the clock when I cross the finish at Boston. Just typing that sends butterflies up my chest and into my throat. Is it possible? I don’t know for sure...since I think it might be possible it’s time to stop fretting, calculating paces, splits, looking at past performances, workouts, heart rates and just start visualizing. Can I see 3:29 as possible...more… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on March 28, 2013 at 2:26pm — 4 Comments

Mindset of a champion?

I was perusing a running journal and ran across an article on a lady my age who runs marathons finishing nearly an hour faster than I hope to finish at Boston. The title of the article was "Mindset of a Champion". 4 pages and photos of a masters female athlete. The article ended with her commenting on when she'd know she was done running. She said, "There's going to be a day when I wake up and I'll pack up my shoes and I'll be done." She went on, "My kids don't want me to stop, but I've told… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on March 22, 2013 at 12:20pm — 2 Comments

possibilities vs. expectations

Here's what happens when you let go of expectations and explore the possibilities....or as some might say..."demand the impossible"?!  First female finisher and broke female course record. Who'da thunk it possible a couple years ago? Not me.  Happy girl with race director.…

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Added by Lori Enlow on March 18, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

5 ish weeks to Boston....

Starting to think more about Boston. My goal last year this time was to qualify for Boston at the OKC Marathon. It's the only marathon I have ever run. I did it and qualified (juuust barely!!). I've run quite a few trail ultra distances now and lots of little 5k-15ks on road over the years, but the marathon is daunting to me. It's a weird distance for me and an awkward challenge. It's all road and long, but not ultra long and not on trail or undulating, hilly dirt roads. I've kinda ignored… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on March 6, 2013 at 8:50am — No Comments

Bend..don't break

Decided my run today would be out at Western Hills.  Lots of small rolling hills and pretty scenery to distract me from being nervous about how hard I anticipated today's speed intervals were gonna be. I'd be running near 90 minutes before ever starting the speed work.  I also knew my legs were already a little tired from a busier running week.  What I do know about Western Hills is that there are plenty of bathrooms in case Avery's stomach bug decided to take hold of me.  That was comforting.… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on March 2, 2013 at 2:24pm — No Comments

technical difficulties...

I like to pretend I am a type B personality...don't snort laugh...but really...yes...I know..I am a type A, or at least I revert very quickly to type A when stressed. Actually maybe even a type A+. This week is a harder running week. Higher volume, more intense speed work. Much of my training is heart rate based....enter technology and my subsequent decent into a psychotic fit about an hour in to my hour and a half run. Today's run? warm up, get into a zone range and stay there for about an… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on February 27, 2013 at 4:59pm — 2 Comments

bear chase...not beer chase

I had a longer speed interval to do today, 20 minute warm up then a pace I wasn't sure I could hold for a full 60 minutes. I've held that pace...barely...in a race scenerio.  I've held that pace for shorter distances on road..I've held faster paces on a nice flat soft track-shorte distances though.  So yesterday i spent much time pondering and plotting a course...of course trying to make it as flat as possible on road! Although Tahlequah is not particularly hilly, it is not particularly flat…

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Added by Lori Enlow on February 23, 2013 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Lost my mind

A little more than halfway serious and a little concerned for my own sanity, I mentioned "I'm almost 40 and I'm daydreaming about running in wild places, I think I've lost my mind". My friend responded, "You haven't lost your mind, you just outran it". I like that.

Added by Lori Enlow on February 21, 2013 at 6:57am — No Comments

Good day

You know I've had a fun day when I take a zillion pictures. Back at Ouachita Trail. Had a playful 3 hour jaunt. Maybe it's the Cherokee in me, but I feel such a connection to those Mountains and that trail. I do believe God gives the mountains spirits and I feel hers every time I'm out there...I'm weird, i know. No need to fill me in on that fact. Sometimes I don't like her much as she gently reminds me who'se bigger and who'se in charge, Who has the lessons to teach and who has the lessons to… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on February 16, 2013 at 6:07pm — No Comments

hard day's work

Today was speed intervals. Ouch. But gooood brain and body work! I was supposed to get into a high heart rate zone and maintain it for 3 sets of 10 minutes each. It is a heart rate zone I don't particularly like. It is that almost too hard place where you start to panic thinking you are going to fall apart if you go just 1 beat per minute higher for any longer and not sure you can stay there for the full interval. Well of course the first interval I felt panicky, able to maintain, but wondering… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on February 8, 2013 at 1:23pm — 1 Comment

Ahhhhhhh

Snuck in another daylight lunch run (normally weekday runs are 4:30am darkness). 50 degrees-NOT typical. Tank top and shorts, nice breeze, sun peeping through trees on white pasty arms and legs-blinded a few drivers I'm sure! Birds chirping. Even little bit of green grass. Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!! Even the not-quite six pack of dogs seemed less interested in me playing on their farm-they only required on rock-launch instead of five.

Added by Lori Enlow on February 5, 2013 at 6:19am — 2 Comments

Pure Joy

A rare weekday run in daylight! A treat for sure, but not without a few tricks as well! Packed running clothes this morning planning to try to cut out of work early and run. My phone weather app said "high today-mid 50's". Uh, it turned out to be one of those "upside down" days we get when a cold front moves in and the "high" is actually around 11am and the temps bottom out from there. I also failed to notice the little wispy wind symbol and the wind speeds of 20-30mph. Wooops! So off I go, in… Continue

Added by Lori Enlow on January 31, 2013 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Did I say "beloved" Ouachita Trail?!!!

Or as one runner on today's course named it...the "Ouch-ita Trail"!  30is runners toed the start line at the unoffical Ouachita Switchback Trail Race.  I think it will be official next year and the years to come.  Check out the race page at ouachitaswitchbacks.blogspot.com. Tommy Brennan is an awesome race director.  Today was more bitter than sweet for me.  It has been about 3 months since I've been out there. She is a tough, rugged, but beautiful trail stretching neary 200 miles from…

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Added by Lori Enlow on January 19, 2013 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Oh my beloved Ouachita Trail...

I have a bittersweet relationship with this trail...very bitter for the first few go arounds!  (see waaaay back posts!). It is now a very sweet relationship, I have a great deal of respect for her...she has taught me so much about myself.  I see myself, the world, and those around me different because of her lessons.  Saturday I go back to learn more.  17.7 miles of rugged, rooty, technical, steep terrian.  This is the first time I will run with other people out there.  It's weird, it's…

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Added by Lori Enlow on January 17, 2013 at 5:09pm — No Comments

'nuther yummy treat...

1 can mixed nuts

1/2-1 can almonds--just cuz I reaaally like them!

handful of dried blueberries

handful of dried chopped dates

handful of dried cranberries and/or raisins

smaller handful of butterscotch chips

smaller handful of dark chocolate chips

smaller handful of m&ms

Mix it all up and add more/less of what you like. Warning...addictive!!

Added by Lori Enlow on January 15, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments

Colorado trail!

Whirlwind trip from Denver to Leadville back to Denver to Tulsa in less than 24 hrs!  Had a work trip to Denver and couldn't resist the temptation to get to Leadville...to get in the mountains.  I wanted despirately to run some trails around Leadville, but, the trails are typically not runnable this time of year. My hosts in Buena Vista confirmed this, so I resigned myself to running some trails a few thousand feet down in Buena Vista.  After some business in Leadville I hit the coffee shop.…

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Added by Lori Enlow on January 10, 2013 at 8:35pm — 3 Comments

Mile High

I always feel a little high coming to Colorado. Got to run in Denver today with the Mountains in the background saying "come on little girl". I love the feeling of breathing harder, te altitude and magnitude of the mountains reminding me to be humble.

Added by Lori Enlow on January 7, 2013 at 9:25pm — 1 Comment

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