Town and Tube 100K

Running in circles in Lyon on a sunny winter’s day to close out the first 100K ultra run of the year.

Race Report


The first Fat Ass of the season: 22K, 1200m of vertical gain, and almost every staircase in Lyon.

Race Report

Monthly Review: January 2017

The first month of the year is done and the training is going according to plan.

All the Stats

2017 Race Calendar

Here’s where I’ll be racing in the next year – everything from Fat Ass runs to my first +100 miler.

The List


72km in the cold and dark, fighting through the mud, and emerging a finisher on the other side.

Race Report

Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 6 Hour

Down a ski slope. Over cobblestones. Up 563 stairs. Through a park. Repeat for 6 hours.

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Countdown to Ultratour du Leman 175K








Latest Runs

1000K Since Christmas

With the 140km completed between Boxing Day and New Years Eve added to the 857km completed between New Years Day and the end of yesterday's run, I started this morning with a total of 997km banked since returning from our Christmas trip to Picardie. Stepping out the...

So Nice I Ran It Twice

I didn't have the best night's sleep last night and eventually felt my alarm go off at 4:30am. It didn't occur to me that I hadn't set the alarm for 4:30am (it was set for 4:50am) but I got out of bed anyway. A bad night's sleep can be overcome with a good morning...

Lyon Running Crew #244

After missing last week's Lyon Running Crew run while on my taper, I was looking forward to connecting with the gang again tonight as this second training block gets underway. With three runs already banked for the week, the fourth run on a Wednesday night is usually...

Eucalyptus FTW!

Yesterday's run concluded at the Grand Pharmacie Lyonaise where I sought - and found - eucalyptus oil. A few hours later I was head down over a steaming hot bowl of water infused with that same eucalyptus oil and breathing in Australia. 12 hours later, I'm feeling a...

In Search of Eucalyptus Oil

Another run commute home from work, though this time with a greater goal than just getting in an hour on my feet and keeping it all in Zone 2. Tonight, with the head cold still kicking about and making my working day less than fun, I wanted to finish my run at a...

Above the Neck

For runners there are two types of sick: below the neck, and above the neck. If you are feeling sick below the neck (chest cold, lung problems, stomach issues) it is usually best to give running a rest for the day. On the other hand, if the only problems are above the...

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Core Exercises: Week 3

The third week of daily core exercises is complete and I am still meeting my daily goals. Well, almost. For the first time this month I missed a day of core exercises when ran the Town and Tube 100K on Saturday. I didn't give myself enough time to complete them in the...

Training Block Two

With the first ultra distance run out of the way for the year, it's time to reflect on what I achieved and whether I hit the targets I had set for myself. On Friday I wrote about the four goals that I wanted to hit in the Saturday run. Looking them over now, I feel...

Countdown: Town and Tube

So this time tomorrow morning I'll be running the first loop of the sixteen loops of the Town and Tube fat ass ultra. If all goes to plan then I'll stop running a little less than 16 hours later with one hundred kilometers banked and the first ultra run of the year...

NSNG and Ultrarunning

Since returning from Christmas in Picardie and beginning this current block of training leading up to the Town and Tube in just two days time I have been sticking to a strict No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet. After a couple of rough days and a week or more of running...

Planning and Planks

In these last three days before the Town and Tube 100K Fat Ass I'm taking some time off my feet and getting myself prepared for the first ultra run of the year. It makes a change not to be out and running at 5am after fifty consecutive days of running since returning...

Core Exercises: Week 2

The second week of daily core exercises is complete and I am still meeting my daily goals. You'll recall - or you might if you caught the blog post a week ago - that I have set myself the target of being able to complete 200 crunches and four 1-minute planks by the...