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20kg and 1500km Later

I like the data that I gather about each of the runs that I do. A review after I get home, a blog post about every training session, and a daily track of what I eat? This stuff is fun for me and I think it helps me to train better, smarter, and more effectively. As a...

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Running Schipol

After a great couple of days at the DMWF conference in Amsterdam I was ready to return to Lyon, to Cecile, and to CoSMo and return to normal life. The conference was hosted in the city center and it was only a quick train ride out to the airport for my flight but, due...

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Amsterdam Olympic Stadium

This is my last morning in Amsterdam and I had two goals for the morning run: get in an hour on my feet and don't get lost. I have a full day ahead of me with the conference and then the return to Lyon tonight by plane so the last thing I wanted to do was find myself...

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The Lost in West Amsterdam Half

After a weekend in Amsterdam with Cecile I returned last night to Lyon...only to head back to Amsterdam this morning for a conference. I'm to spend Monday and Tuesday in the Dutch capital and while I'll be flat-out making the most of the event I am here to attend, I'm...

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Singletrack & The City

Last day in Amsterdam with Cecile today though I'll be back on Monday and Tuesday for work. Our flight back to Lyon is mid-afternoon so we have a pretty busy morning planned with breakfast, a museum visit, check-out of the hotel, and then shooting to the city center...

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On the Table: Best of Pork Platter

Cecile and I arrived in Amsterdam ready to check into our hotel, drop our bags, and get something to eat. I had not eaten breakfast in the morning, had eaten some saucisson for lunch which, while filling, was quick and not really satisfying as I couldn't really stop...

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Vondelpark

We're in Amsterdam! By a strange turn of events Cécile and I will be spending the weekend in Amsterdam and then, on returning to Lyon on Sunday, I’ll be flying back again for a couple more days in the capital of The Netherlands for a conference. Hence, I’m going to...

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Nutrition – March: Week 4

The month of tracking my nutrition is over and, with this longer-than-normal 'week' of tracking (nine days instead of 7 because, well, March is 31 days long) I can look back at how the week went, how the month went, and how I feel a couple of weeks out from the Saint...

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Easy Does It

I’ve taken a couple of days off from running after injuring my calf on Wednesday morning. This morning I was back into things and just in time for a busy day with about as much as you could pack into it packed into it. As you’ll recall, on Tuesday I had got little...

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On the Table: Choucroute

Tonight's dinner is one of my favourite meals here in France: choucroute garnie! It's a dish from northern France, usually thought of as originating around the Franco-German border region in Alsace. It consists of fermented cabbage (sauerkraut) topped with a couple of...

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Commuting to CoSMo

From home to work is about a five kilometer trip for me and I've made it in a variety of ways over the last six months working at CoSMo. I enjoy the commute and I have used it to do everything from read and catch up on news to getting some additional exercise into my...

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Keep Moving

So I was meant to run for an hour yesterday but, as I wrote, my left calf was giving me trouble from a little past the first kilometer. I tried to walk it off but that didn't work, so I walked the last couple of kilometers of the three or so that I managed and then...

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Damn Left Calf

I set out this morning on what I hoped to be a one hour run. I ended up home again in under half an hour nursing a sore calf. This is exactly where I didn't want to be. I have had a 'niggle' in my left calf for a while now and it comes and goes. You'll remember that...

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Running with Ryan and Sean

Some podcasts come out on a pretty regular schedule. Ten Junk Miles usually drops on a Friday just in time for the weekend long runs. No Sleep usually drops on a Sunday and I kick myself almost every week for not yet signing up for a subscription to get the longer...

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Towards the Taper

With today's run I closed out another week of training and as of tomorrow I am officially into the tapering mode. In a sense, I have been tapering already with a big week last week - including an 80 kilometer weekend - and then a reduction this week from 150K to 110K....

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Three Weeks Out

I was feeling really flat before this run. I mean really flat. Call it being tired, call it fatigue, call it whatever - I just wasn't feeling good. Cécile suggested I give the run a miss and instead just get some rest but I know that generally I feel better after a...

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Late Season Races

My early season races are all set: I'll be racing the Saint Fons 12 Hour in just three weeks time and the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour about a month after that. My goal race for the season is also set for September: the 175K Ultratour du Leman. Assuming I get...

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Rainy Runcommute

Running home from work the last couple of days has meant I have been able to squeeze in some miles at either end of the day but it has also meant that there are a bunch of clothes sitting in the office that need to come home. Included in that bunch of clothes are my...

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