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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...

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50 Days

This is taper week ahead of the Town and Tube but, even in taper week, I'm still getting out every day. In fact, today marks the fiftieth consecutive day I've got out and run - I haven't missed a day since starting this training block after Christmas. I've been...

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Tapering

So this is taper week with a twist. I have a big run coming up this Saturday so I want to make sure I am ready and raring to go. This means tapering in the days before and, indeed, I've been doing this for the last week already. After running my last high volume week...

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Not What I Needed

On Saturday - just six days from now - I am running the first ultra Fat Ass of my year. I'll be spending the day putting 100 kilometers on the board and seeing how my No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet holds up over the course of a day on my feet. I'm looking forward to...

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Track Work

A longer run this morning but still relaxed - and also a bit different. I decided this morning to head out to INSA, a university in Villeurbanne, and run their track there. I have seen the track a few ties when visiting the campus for various things and always meant...

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Running the A-Line

This has been a week of recovery after last week's 100 mile total and ahead of next week's likely massive total, too. The shorter runs have been good fun and I've done familiar loops, revisited places I haven't run in a while, and even thrown in a couple of hills,...

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Up and Down

Up and at 'em and feeling good this morning. Yesterday's double didn't really seem to have much of an effect on my legs. The first kilometer heading out along the Saone and heading to Vaise saw my legs feeling a little tight, but I loosened up fast. The street...

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Lyon Running Crew #242

These Wednesday night runs with the Lyon Running Crew are usually pretty relaxed affairs - and they are meant to be. It's about 10 kilometers run at about 6:00 pace, usually with a zone defi thrown in where people lift the tempo for a short time before regrouping. I...

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Foxymophandlemama

Sometimes a song gets stuck in your head, and sometimes it's just the title. In my case, it was the latter this morning. Hey, Foxymophandlemama, That's Me. Not the longest title in the Pearl Jam catalogue - that one goes to Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small...

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Core Exercises: Week 1

At the end of January I set myself a couple of goals in my training for the month to come. Not being one to jump into a whole lot of different things all at once, I focused on continuing the good work I was already doing and adding in some additional exercises to...

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Urban Loop

It's been a while since I ran through the city of Lyon without the Lyon Running Crew. I must admit that most of the time that I run in the city the constant stopping for traffic drives me a bit crazy, and it does nothing for my pacing as I sprint away from lights to...

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Take It Easy

I ran a big training week last week, and I know I'll have another big week when this one is done. As a result, this week is all about taking it easy. This morning's run was the first of the new week and all I wanted to do was get out, spend about an hour running, and...

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Lady Madonna

Cécile is off visiting her parents and Jamie is spending the week with his Mum and so I have the rare opportunity to take a long run without the pressures of needing to be back by a certain time, or much responsibility after I'm done other than couching and watching...

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All Day

Yesterday was the second edition of the Lurdunum Fat Ass. After last year's edition I took a day off to rest my legs and then ran a little less than an hour on the day after that. Now, a year later, my legs feel fine and I am looking forward to spending a couple of...

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Lurdunum

The second hit out of the day, the second double of the week, and the second time I have run the Lyon Ultra Run Lurdunum Fat Ass. Last year going into this race there were a lot of unknowns. As I wrote at the time: this was something of a mystery race. Details about...

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Touch the Sky

I've running a double today with the Lurdunum Fat Ass kicking off at 7:30pm for a good four hours or so on my feet. Getting out this morning is less about getting a good workout as it is about getting the day started right. A nice ten kilometers or so, maybe an hour...

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Use Your Illusion

I have to admit that my legs were a little tired after yesterday's running: the combination of a 10K in the morning and then another 30-plus kilometers in the evening meant that I didn't have entirely fresh legs this morning. Add to this the fact that I didn't sleep...

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Lyon Running Crew #241

The second run of the day but the first of two 'doubles' this week (the other one is on Friday) as I build up the mileage in the first week of February. The Lyon Running Crew group run leaves from Celestins at 7:30pm but I left work a little earlier to get in some...

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