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Mini Series

It's Wednesday and that means I should be running both morning and evening sessions - and I am. However, today I am also adding in a third run as I try and get a feel for the new job and so the typical 'Wednesday two-parter' is now a short 'Wednesday mini-series' of...

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Ombrosa Out-n-Back

Another early start to avoid the heat and to get into work on time. I was up at 5:00am, read the sad news that Gene Wilder had died while I was getting dressed, and then was out the door and ready to go just after 5:15am. The goal today was to lay down another nice...

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New Job

It's Monday and the start of a busy and exciting week. For one thing, I start my new job today and I am looking forward to getting stuck in at a fantastic company here in Lyon doing absolutely incredible work in complex systems (hence the fractal image above). Yes, my...

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Five Photo Ops

Today was the last run of the week and the last run of my summer vacation. It didn't need to be, nor was it going to be, long, and I wanted to enjoy the hour or so that I would spend outside before the heat of the day started catching up with me. As inspiration for...

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Challenge Accepted

Some of the most interesting and motivating features of Strava are the monthly challenges. For runners, these generally include a challenge to run a certain race distance (10K, Half Marathon, or Marathon), run a particular total mileage (generally 200km for the...

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Planning the Thames Path Run

On a rest day today as the heat invades Lyon once again. The temperatures are up above 30°C again and we'll likely hit 36°C by the end of the afternoon. It's hard to run in such weather though, as the live feed from the UTMB reveals, some people manage it well and...

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Verdun

This morning's run was all about getting out, going long, and getting some good, hard miles into my legs in this last week of amplified mileage before the taper begins. I took a look at the milage so far before I left the apartment and noted I would have to run 41.4km...

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Yes, Minister

Another Wednesday and another double session planned: first in the morning with a solo run, and second in the evening with the Lyon Running Club. By the end of the day I planned to have 60km of my 100km weekly target in the bank and, after the morning effort over...

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ISIHAC

On a day packed with meetings, administrative work, and the small possibility that I'll be leaving the country in the next 24 hours for a family emergency, this morning's run was going to be the stress-free portion of an otherwise stressful day. I had planned to get...

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Running the River

Today marks the start of the final 'big week' of training before the 50 miler in England in September. If all goes to plan I will run my third consecutive 100km week this week, then cut back to 80km the week after, and a little less than that in the final week before...

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Purple and Veiny

Thanks to the fasted run on Friday morning being added - rather late - to the weekly schedule, I only had to knock out about four kilometers today to round out the week above the mileage goal of 100km. Four kilometers is not a lot and not really worth getting out of...

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Fasted Footing

So I wasn't planning on running at all today or tomorrow...but I had a chance to try something different so I gave it a go. The Lyon Running Club has a short run on Friday mornings starting at 7am. It's meant to be a run that people complete without taking their...

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Tempo in a Rainstorm

With three-quarters of my weekly mileage goal in the bag already, I had only 25km or so to knock over in the four days left in the week. As I am planning on taking two days off on Friday and Saturday owing to Cécile's parents being in town, splitting that 25km between...

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Rabbits and Mermaids

Cécile's parents are in town for a couple of days this week and, out of respect for their sleep, I probably won't be hitting the road at 5am (and waking up people unfamiliar with my morning habits) while they are here. Hence, if I am going to bank the +100km week that...

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King of Kings III

I stayed up late last night watching the classic movie The Guns of Navarone. Staying up late means that starting early is generally a no go, at least if I want to enjoy the morning run and the day that follows. Hence, I didn't get started on my way this morning until...

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Running in a Sauna

I wasn't sure if I was going to run today. I mean, I know it's a higher mileage week and that I need to get +100km in the bank by the end of the week, but this doesn't mean I have to run every day. I did a long run yesterday including hills so, frankly, I could have...

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Two Mountains

As I previewed yesterday, I thought this week was as good as any to push the weekly mileage up because, if I am feeling good now and I am uninjured, moving a little ahead in the schedule isn't necessarily a bad thing. Thus, this morning I set out for a long, slow...

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Training Block

With my next ultra run about a month away I am deep into the training block and preparing for a couple of high-volume weeks before the taper begins. I'm uninjured, I'm running easily, and I am feeling confident that the run in the UK will go well. I thought I would...

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