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The Cool Impossible: The Coach from "Born to Run" Shows How to Get the Most from Your Miles-And From Yourself

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Featured in the bestselling book Born to Run, coach and performance guru Eric Orton has spent a lifetime learning and thinking about running and about the limitless possibilities of the human body and mind. In The Cool Impossible, Orton shares his wealth of knowledge in an inspiring step-by-step guide that will open up a new world of achievement for runners of all levels o ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by NAL (first published April 2nd 2013)
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Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Words. Seriously. So many words. In some ways this was an easy book to review, in others it was very, very difficult. Why? Because I was all in from the first page. Frankly, I was all in before I even opened it up. Back in January I reviewed Born to Run by Chris McDougall and I was hooked. I had already started to look into minimalist running and was starting to transition over to Vibrams, so that book reinforced what I was already thinking. I was also already working on Good Form Running, which ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it liked it
As 'Born to Run' is one of my favourite running books a book by the coach of Christopher Macdougall was intriguing. It is packed with great advice about running- managing your body and your mind to do whatever you want to do. Despite this it is extremely irritating in style. He makes out that the reader is with him in Jackson Hole on a training week. So we read we are looking at the stars or eating in a diner with him. If I hadn't enjoyed the content I would have given up on the prose long befor ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A quick and fun read, but requires a solid commitment to put into action. And I'm committed! This is the last book of a self-made trilogy (Eat and Run, Born to Run, The Cool Impossible). The author Eric Olton was Chris McDougall's trainer for his epic transition from lumbering giant to nimble runner. Eric has been the trainer for many world class runners and triathletes. His book is a mix of mental philosophy, story telling, and a "how to book" for transitioning to natural running form. I'm hook ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although Orton's guiding narrative style is borderline obnoxious, I appreciate the inclusion of training data and plans.
Ashley Montulli
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Eric Orton was Christopher McDougall's (author of Born to Run) running coach and inspiration behind the now famous book. Eric knows his stuff. Wow. I listened to this on audio book but now I wish I bought the book as he has training guides and strength programs/exercises that would be nice to reference. His passion is infectious and his knowledge will make you want to jump on a plane to Jackson Hole, WY to one of his training camps. Highly recommend for runners looking to up their game at a long ...more
Samuel Kordik
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book. The author has a stellar track record and substantial experience coaching world-class athletes and ultra-runners, and some definite opinions on what makes for great long-distance trail running training. His methodology would probably best be described as focusing on building a solid undercarriage—the strength, balance, and control needed to run with good form—and letting you fill in the gaps with intuitive time spent running.

That's not controversial, however many aut
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
The Cool Impossible is probably one of the most practical and informative book in regards to running instruction. Orton is not a van of heel first running and leans toward the minimalist style. He does believe that his style of running is injury proof. There is a lot of debate on that, however. Many believe in heel strike first method the knees are most vulnerable, otherwise the ankle and foot are vulnerable. He gives a lot of good suggestions on diet, fueling while running and mindset as well. ...more
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
excellent book the whole thing through in a few sittings , but it is a book I will reference over and over.
Don't be afraid to pick this up if you are not a long distance runner. After injuries and a couple years of not running steadily , my goal is simply to work up to a 5k and I still found the book more than helpful.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
The foot/ankle stability exercises, lower and upper body strength exercises, and very detailed (semi-customized) running program are quite helpful. Very likely to improve one's strength,efficiency,endurance, running form--and reduce injuries.
Paul Bolton
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I already bought in and studied minimalist running after reading "Born To Run". This book sealed the deal.
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Orton's approach to training has been featured in Men’s Health, Esquire, Men’s Journal and Ski Magazine; specific workouts have been featured on ESPN’s Cold Pizza.

As the former Director of Fitness and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, I’m a certified Functional Training Specialist, a Certified Sports Hypnotist, and hold coaching certifications from both USA Triathlon and USA Cycli
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