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Urban Orienteering

Tonight was the regular Lyon Running Club run...or should I say it was an irregular Lyon Running Club run. After all, instead of a standard 10K around the city at a nice pace in a group of 30 or so, tonight we were in teams of six and on an urban orienteering course...

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Chasing 3000K

I'm not chasing a goal race anymore this season and with only a couple of weeks to go before the new year I am not pushing myself to do anything too hard. It's the off season, after all, and while I am keen to keep getting the miles in for next season, I am leaving...

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Recovery Half

After a strong, up-tempo half marathon length effort yesterday, I wanted today's run to be about the same length but slower. It would be a recovery run, the second run of a relaxing weekend where my legs were a little tired but not overly so. Instead of heading up the...

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Saturday Night Semi

Today was the first day I planned to run since the Saintelyon last weekend. I actually recovered from the race well and probably could have gone on the Wednesday night run with the Lyon Running Club, and I certainly could have gone out Thursday or Friday. However,...

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Saintelyon: Where to Improve

Even though I think I got a lot right at the Saintelyon and while I was right on my targeted time, there were still things I could have done better and places where I can improve. Among them... Technical Trail Running Unlike in the US where ultrarunning largely means...

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Saintelyon: What I Got Right

After my other ultras I've written about what I got right and what I got wrong and can improve. No surprise, then, that I'm reflecting on the Saintelyon race from yesterday and looking again at what I did well and what I didn't do quite so well. In this post I'll...

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Saintelyon

So the last ultra of the year is over and I'm typing this with sore feet a few hours after crossing the line at the Halle Tony Garnier. The race turned out to a be mixed affair and while I am glad to have completed it, I don't immediately feel like signing up again...

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9 Hours and Counting

It's about nine hours now until the gun goes off and I move forward into the night in the direction of Lyon, the Halle Tony Garnier, and the finish line of the 2016 Saintelyon. I'm as ready as I'll be right now and while I don't feel quite as good as when I was...

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Dossard 1591

After work tonight I met up with Cécile and Jamie and we walked over to the Halle Tony Gernier to collect my number and the race package ahead of the Saintelyon tomorrow. All was fairly straightforward and I collected the envelope that contained all of the timing...

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C25K

After a few years of watching me leave the house alone, Cécile has caught the running bug! Having not run before, she's not progressing straight to ultras (that will come with time, I'm sure) but instead tarting with the famed Couch to 5K (C25K) program. C25K is...

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Tune Up

Tonight I ran my last training run before the Saintelyon. Well, I call it a training run but it is really just the regular Lyon Running Club run: 10 kilometers at about 6:00 pace. Nothing too hard, a pause half way through for some abdominal exercises, and stretching...

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Pacing Plan for the Saintelyon

Pacing is going to be one of the hardest parts of getting the Saintelyon right. Unlike the other ultras I have run this season, the Saintelyon is a mix between road and trails and there is a fair amount of climbing, too. The official course description splits the race...

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Highway to the Taper Zone

I'm into the last days before the Saintelyon and the countdown is definitely on. There are less than five days until I start on my night-time adventure between Saint Etienne and Lyon and while I am a little nervous about running the race, I'm convinced I will finish...

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Tune-Up 10K

After yesterday's steady effort through the mud I wanted to get another steady run in today but without getting everything all dirty. It's not that I don't like running muddy trails - far from it. However, I am now only "five sleeps" out from the Saintelyon and the...

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An Hour in the Mud

A week to go to the Saintelyon and I wanted to head out for a couple of last efforts before the last big race of the season. There's no need to push too hard, there's no need to go too long, and there's no reason to aim for much more than just keeping the legs turning...

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Nice Run, Shitty Day

It ended up being a pretty shitty day today - but the run at the end of the day was a good one. The Lyon Running Club met as usual at Celestins and there was a group of about 25 people all up. The promise from the group's Facebook post a few hours before we met was...

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Doing Dad Stuff

After a couple of days of being less-than-well and a long day in the office and getting things done at home, I finally found the time to get out and enjoy some of this fine weather we are having in Lyon. No, wait. That's not right: the weather is terrible. It's cold,...

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Tour de Gerland

I am off on a one-day business trip tomorrow so I won't have time to run in the morning or in the evening. With some packing and preparation to get through tonight, I had to fit in my daily run at lunchtime. This didn't mean it didn't have to 'count', of course,...

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