Following a Running Recipe and Putting it All Together

Running in the Tetons with Eric Orton (6 of 9)
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I read Born to Run a few years ago.  At the time, I was not running due to a mountain bike crash that left my back completely jacked up and thumb broken.  I finished the book totally inspired, so I started running casually, but never thought about it too seriously other than being a great mechanism to be back on the trails (and not on my mountain bike after that crash!).  Then last year I met Eric Orton, and very recently I finished his book, The Cool Impossible.

20140630_ES_orton4Eric Orton – making the uphill running look like a piece of cake!

Here is my shot at a metaphor expressing how I feel with the newly acquired knowledge I gained from Eric’s book: For the first time in my life I have all the ingredients and tools to bake a really fancy cake.  And I don’t bake.

Running in the Tetons with Eric Orton (1 of 9)

And so starts my attempt to make that cake… I bought a really fancy watch.  It took me three weeks to get the nerve to buy it, set it up and actually try it out, but I did!  This is not just a watch, but also a GPS, a heart rate monitor and can plug into my computer so I can download and sort all the data it’s collecting from me, which we will use to develop and maintain an optimal training schedule.  In this day and age, tons of people have watches or gadgets like this, and you can track EVERYTHING.  But I’ve stayed away, out of fear.  Fear of knowing I’m not getting enough sleep, that I’m not running as fast as I thought, or that my heart rate is way too high while talking to my mother on the phone!

I take a breath and remember, this fancy watch is the oven to bake my fancy cake.  It’s essential it to put everything together.  So now with my watch, my new knowledge and willingness to dive in 100%, I meet Eric in Teton Village to get started.

I ran my first mile with Eric, and it was actually fun to use the watch.

Running in the Tetons with Eric Orton (6 of 9)

Orton likes my slightly cheesy metaphor, and like a good coach, told me that with time, “the oven will always be ON and you are putting yourself out there for everyone to taste your cooking.”  So, I hope this installment tasted alright.  Hopefully next week will be even better when we hit the trails!

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