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Lyon Running Crew #236

After this morning's effort and the 65km or so I had managed to put on the board in the last two days, I was looking forward to the Wednesday night Lyon Running Crew (formerly the Lyon Running Club) run. It's usually not too stressful, good for recovery, and a nice...

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Learning From Yesterday

Yesterday I headed out for a long run and didn't eat anything before going. Or while I was running. Or drank anything other than water. And I bonked. Hard. I knew what it felt like to run out of fuel and I pledged to learn from that and so, this morning, I did things...

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Bonkathon

A year ago today I ran my first 50km training run. It wasn't the first time I had run that distance as I had struggled to a little more than 66km in the Ploeren 12 Hour race a few weeks before. However, it was the first time I had topped the marathon distance in...

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Holiday Ultrarunning Reading

Over the last week or so I have had the time (when traveling, in between family meals, and after Jamie is in bed) to get stuck into a few new books about ultrarunning. When I say "new" I mean new to me, of course. A couple of these have been around for quite a while...

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Nailing Down the Calendar

So as we enter the final week of 2016 I think I have nailed down my calendar for the year ahead. It's a collection of races, fat-ass runs, and one big goal. I think it should work and I am motivated to get it all done. Here's how it looks. January: Base Building This...

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Russian Ambassador Shot

One of my favorite quotes describing what could have been said in the lead up to the First World War is by Stephen van Evera of MIT. He once remarked that France and Great Britain could have helped avoid the war by telling Russia simply: Hey you guys! Put a collar on...

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Running with Dad

My parents are in Lyon for an early Christmas with Jamie, Cécile, and I, and so there wasn't a lot of time to fit in long runs this weekend. However, as Dad said he was willing to explore Lyon a little on bike, I decided to run wth him while we checked out Confluence...

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Relaunch

A year ago I posted for the first time on this blog after a hiatus of some time. I was getting into ultrarunning more seriously and had just completed my first ultra and was looking forward to my next challenge. Posting on the blog after each of my runs was a good way...

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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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