Ok, people. I have mostly been lurking around Eric's site, reading all the great posts from people, an occassional comment/like. It's time for me to be more involved. I have been a runner for 21 years, running lots of 5k's and 10k's and one marathon. I read BTR about 18 months ago and it set me on fire! I have such a renewed love for running- its taken me out of a routine/rut! I've been running in minimalist shoes for 14-15 months, slowly increasing my distance. I run anywhere from 18-30 miles a week, with a 12.5 mile long run at the moment. I'm so inspired by all the ultrarunners' stories, that I've been thinking about running 40 miles on my 40th birthday, which is July 2016. I guess that's my Cool Impossible. The only "training/coaching" I've ever had was either what I could put together from running sites or advise from my father, a runner for 55 years!! I'm very interested in purchasing a training program from Eric, but not sure where I should start. I'm not a beginner, but I'm also not an ultrarunner (...well...not yet, anyway:)) For people that have used Eric's training programs, what recommendations do you have. Where should I start? Eric, I'd be honored if you were able to weigh in, as well, but I know you're extremely busy with the NEW BOOK TOUR!! Thanks, in advance!

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Comment by Lori Enlow on May 10, 2013 at 4:48am
You are most welcome! Keep us posted on your Journey!
Comment by Karen Blackert on May 10, 2013 at 4:27am

Thank you for the encouragement! I have been extremely excited since I decided to do that 50K- I guess I just needed a nudge in the right direction. (Thanks, Lori!) I am realizing the hardest part for me to train is my brain. I've always said I don't have "runner's legs" or a "runner's body". I think I've said that, because it gives me permission to not be great. But why do I have to "be great"?! I clearly love running- its the only form of exercise I do. I'll go out in the pouring rain, the freezing cold, or a hot muggy morning without batting an eye. I've almost cried before when a run I planned didn't work out and I couldn't reschedule. So I'm going to let go and see what happens! I'm so glad I found Eric's site, for the awesome support! Thanks, Ben and Lori! Have a great day!

Comment by Ben Brewer on May 9, 2013 at 11:57am

Karen this sounds awesome already - I can't give a lot of physical preparation advice, but attitude-wise, 50K in five months' time definitely sounds doable (especially if you've done a marathon before). Go for it, see it, then go out and do it :)

Comment by Lori Enlow on May 9, 2013 at 11:50am
YES!!! DO IT!!!! Absolutely cool and absolutely possible. You have plenty of time, you have a strong foundation already. I am no trainer and no expert, I just know my experience with going from maximum 15-20 miles per week to a 50 miler in 5 months...From a 50 miler to finishing first female at a 100 miler in another 3 months and completing Leadville 100 less than a year after that. I can tell you basics of how I got there. The big picture kinda stuff...things I did in general, I am anxiously awaiting the Cool Impossible book to arrive in my mailbox, but I suspect this will have plenty of tips/info to get you there as well. Start to visualize doing this 50k. You will do it! Reach...jump...fly!
Comment by Karen Blackert on May 9, 2013 at 11:27am

Oh man! This year? I guess I used "40" because it was still kinda far away and you nailed it Lori, I'm scared to make that jump. I'm quite the perfectionist, so I don't like doing anything I don't think I'll do really well. I don't mean to say that I do everything perfectly, but I'm very hard on myself when it doesn't work out the way I thought it would. And I know you're also correct that I will get more fullfillment from the journey there. OK... here I go...I found a 50K trail run at the US Whitewater Center (I live in Charlotte, NC). It's in October. So do I have time to train for a 50K? Should I use Eric's marathon training plan? Sorry for the barrage of questions, when I get out of my comfort-zone I start trying to get as much information as I can! Thanks, Lori!

Comment by Lori Enlow on May 9, 2013 at 10:42am

Sounds like you are on a great track....so why wait till 40?  I would suggest setting a goal for this year....something you thought might have been impossible a year ago? Sounds like you have set a good foundation to build upon.  It's a little scary jumping out there and taking a risk...but its the space between that will fulfill you, not the actual attainment...so jump!  And do tell what your cool impossible for this year is!

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