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The Ballgame

I didn't get to run this morning but it wasn't for lack of desire. After what I can only conclude was a dodgy Mexican fusion meal at lunch yesterday I spent most of the time between 1am and 6am in the bathroom. I won't go into details but I will conclude that a lot of...

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Zipper Run

One of the hassles of flying halfway around the world is that the jet lag is very real. It means having a bad time on arrival sometimes (see yesterday's run in San Francisco) and it means waking at times that are far from ideal for work for a couple of days. Those...

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Jet Lagged

So I was too ambitious today. I flew into San Francisco this afternoon which meant getting up at 2am, leaving the house at 3am, flying to Amsterdam and then flying across the north Atlantic to the US west coast. And then I decided to go for a run. Not smart. I took...

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Transition Day

Jamie and I returned from some time in London yesterday. It's great to be back in Lyon, seeing Cécile, and feeling the comfort that comes from knowing that you understand the city, the way it lives and breathes, and the way things work. Even if they might have been...

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Nutrition – April: Week 3

Another week of tracking my nutrition and a couple of interesting points to discuss: the pre-, intra-, and post-race fueling of an ultramarathon without carbohydrates, and taking the NSNG (No Sugar, No Grain) and keto show on the road to yet another country, this time...

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Goals for the Ultra Boucle

The next race on my schedule and the last race in the first part of my season is the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra (UBS). It will be the second year that I am running this local ultra and I am really looking forward to the unique challenge of the race and the ways it will...

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Goodbye to London

After a relaxing time in London, Jamie and I are bidding farewell to the UK this morning and boarding the Eurostar at lunch to return to France, to Lyon, and to home. It's been nice to take a break with him and see a little of the city that I hadn't seen before -...

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Mount Vernon at Tempo

I wasn't meant to run this morning. I had got home relatively late yesterday evening after dinner with the family here in London and I had announced to Mum and Dad that I would be running in the afternoon instead of the morning. I don't enjoy running tired when I am...

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150 Days to Go

Back in January I wrote: The big goal of my ultrarunning year is the Ultratour du Leman in September. It’s 175 kilometers or 108 miles around the Lac Leman in Switzerland, it has a 30 hour time limit, and it is going to be the furthest that I have ever run. It’s a...

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After the Ultra

After a day off from running on Monday I was back into it this morning with a recovery run. My legs were still sore from the weekend, though much better than they were yesterday. My right knee - painful yesterday, especially so climbing and descending the stairs at my...

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Tired and Sore

OK, I'll admit it: my post-race activities weren't necessarily the ideal choice for an ultrarunner. To begin with, only a few hours after finishing I was meant to be squeezed into a train and shooting myself towards Paris, and then on to London to spend a week away...

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Saint Fons 12 Hour

The first of the true ultrarunning tests is done for the year and I could hardly be happier. Long story short, I ran a good race, achieved nearly all of my goals, and placed higher than I could have expected based on the previous performances of the other runners in...

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Nutrition – April: Week Two

Another week of tracking my daily nutrition is complete and it sure has been a strange week. A lot was happening this week and it had an effect on what I ate, when I ate it, and how much of it I ate. Add to this the fact that I was on a taper and not expending the...

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Goals for the Saint Fons 12 Hour

...and so, after nearly four months of training and two training blocks, 1700 kilometers of preparation, and training runs in three different countries, the Saint Fons 12 Hour race is finally here. Later this evening I'll head to the race ready to get started at 10pm....

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Fitness and Freshness

I didn't run yesterday and I didn't run this morning, either. I won't run tomorrow and I won't run on Saturday morning for the first time all year, too. Why? Because it's taper week and I am counting down the final hours now until the Saint Fons 12 Hour. The idea...

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Tech Stack for Saint Fons

I'm not taking a lot of technology along for the ride at the Saint Fons 12 Hour race. Unlike the 100km de la Somme where I wanted to take along a smartphone to contact Cecile and let her know how the race was going at the turnaround point, the Saint Fons course is a...

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…And I’m Ready

Back at the end of January I wrote in my monthly review: All of this mileage means I am starting 2017 in good shape. Assuming I can get another 400km or so out of February and the same out of March, I’ll be approaching the Saint Fons 12 Hour race with about 1500km in...

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