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Damn DOMS

The goal for the training runs in the lead up to the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra this month is to bag at least 200 meters of vertical gain on each outing. Sometimes this will involve running up and down hills proper as on Monday and sometimes it will involve staircase...

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Seven Slippery Staircases

This week is all about getting some specific training in for the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra, and that means stairs and climbing. I'm planning on adding at least 200 meters of vertical gain every day of training in the lead up to the race and, after a strong start...

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Nutrition – April: Week Four

The final week of April was a hard one in terms of nutrition that is best described under two headings: travel and America. Travel Traveling is always more difficult that staying home and cooking your own food, that's for sure. First there is the flying and the...

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The First 524 Meters

The first day of a new week, a new month, and the first of the final seventeen days before I take a couple of days off before the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra. It's essentially two-and-a-half weeks of specific training for the race that will involve more climbing than any...

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The Final 227 Meters

Of all of the training weeks this year, this past week has probably been the worst. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I was traveling a lot. Between getting back from London with Jamie to flying halfway round the world to San Francisco last weekend before...

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On the Table: Chorizo and Vegetables

Back home in Lyon and I got to cook for the first time in a week. What did I go for? An old favorite of mine: chorizo with vegetables. Preparation is simple enough. First, slice up the vegetables. I chose to go with green bell peppers (capsicum) and some brown onions....

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A Week of Resting Heart Rate Data

Every day I record my resting heart rate (RHR), or at least my Garmin does. Why? Because it provides a nice window into how I am feeling generally, whether I am unwell, whether I am getting sick, or whether I am getting over sickness. This last week in the US where I...

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Who is Herb Caen?

I was up early this morning and headed out for a run with the best of the downtown San Francisco in mind: a couple of hills, the crooked Lombard Street, the Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero, AT&T Park, and Market Street - all in one run! I started out going straight...

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Nob, Russian, Mason & Market

After feeling terrible yesterday and getting back late after hitting the ballgame, I woke early this morning for a long day of work. I started early, had a first meeting over coffee, then worked all morning to a working lunch, more meetings in the afternoon, and...

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The Ballgame

I didn't get to run this morning but it wasn't for lack of desire. After what I can only conclude was a dodgy Mexican fusion meal at lunch yesterday I spent most of the time between 1am and 6am in the bathroom. I won't go into details but I will conclude that a lot of...

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Zipper Run

One of the hassles of flying halfway around the world is that the jet lag is very real. It means having a bad time on arrival sometimes (see yesterday's run in San Francisco) and it means waking at times that are far from ideal for work for a couple of days. Those...

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Jet Lagged

So I was too ambitious today. I flew into San Francisco this afternoon which meant getting up at 2am, leaving the house at 3am, flying to Amsterdam and then flying across the north Atlantic to the US west coast. And then I decided to go for a run. Not smart. I took...

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Transition Day

Jamie and I returned from some time in London yesterday. It's great to be back in Lyon, seeing Cécile, and feeling the comfort that comes from knowing that you understand the city, the way it lives and breathes, and the way things work. Even if they might have been...

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Nutrition – April: Week 3

Another week of tracking my nutrition and a couple of interesting points to discuss: the pre-, intra-, and post-race fueling of an ultramarathon without carbohydrates, and taking the NSNG (No Sugar, No Grain) and keto show on the road to yet another country, this time...

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Goals for the Ultra Boucle

The next race on my schedule and the last race in the first part of my season is the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra (UBS). It will be the second year that I am running this local ultra and I am really looking forward to the unique challenge of the race and the ways it will...

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Goodbye to London

After a relaxing time in London, Jamie and I are bidding farewell to the UK this morning and boarding the Eurostar at lunch to return to France, to Lyon, and to home. It's been nice to take a break with him and see a little of the city that I hadn't seen before -...

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Mount Vernon at Tempo

I wasn't meant to run this morning. I had got home relatively late yesterday evening after dinner with the family here in London and I had announced to Mum and Dad that I would be running in the afternoon instead of the morning. I don't enjoy running tired when I am...

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150 Days to Go

Back in January I wrote: The big goal of my ultrarunning year is the Ultratour du Leman in September. It’s 175 kilometers or 108 miles around the Lac Leman in Switzerland, it has a 30 hour time limit, and it is going to be the furthest that I have ever run. It’s a...

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