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Golden Gate Bridge

Ever since I joined The CoSMo Company and found out I would be visiting San Francisco a few times each year I put a run over the Golden Gate Bridge on my 'Must Do' list. It's an iconic structure and synonymous with the City by the Bay, but it is also a little out of...

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Lombard Street and a Dead Body

So I'm in San Francisco and looking to enjoy a few mornings - or even evenings - of exploring the City on the Bay in my running shoes. As on my last trip here in July, I was entirely jet lagged and wide awake at 3am and so, just before 4am, I hit the streets with a...

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More Pain

There’s a quote that really rings true for me in the wonderful documentary about the Barkley Marathons race in Tennessee. A competitor commenting on why they would run an ultramarathon despite the pain and potential for injury, declares: I think most people would be...

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New Kicks

It's time to break out the (hopefully) last pair of shoes for the season! Nothing too surprising in terms of brand or style. I've stuck with the Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 3's and just updated the color to something close to red. I should get the rest of the season out...

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A Little Bit of Uphill

Up early again to get the running out of the way before work and before what Cécile has promised to be date night. I'm not sure what date night is going to involve, but I am pretty sure it wouldn't be an hour of hill work so it's best to get that out of the way in the...

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Heads Up

I was up early this morning to get the first of the week's runs out of the way before the day got too far underway. I have a pretty busy week at work planned as well as a full week of training so I didn't want to mess around too much this morning or leave it too late...

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Overdressed for Success

It's Sunday and time for the second run in my return to training after the 100km de la Somme. I think it has gone smoothly and I am happy to report that I remain uninjured and, as things turned out, the form I had going into the 100K seems to have stuck around. This...

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To the End of the Year

There's about six weeks until the Saintelyon and then another couple of weeks until the end of 2016. I've got something like two months left to finish the year off strong and set myself up for the next year and the events I already have planned - and here's how I'll...

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Toe Trouble

At the end of last night's run I was happy to not feel any pain in the left foot I injured at the 100km de la Somme. I hadn't extended myself much but I did run on it for an hour without pain so I was happy to find myself uninjured at the end of the run, even after...

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The Return

This was my first run back after the 100km de la Somme and I was looking to take it easy. I didn't want to run stairs, hills, or sprint too fast - this was all about easing back into it. The Lyon Running Club Wednesday night run was the perfect place to get started...

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A Target for April

Last night the news came through with the dates for the next Saint Fons ultramarathon: 17/18 April 2017. You'll recall that I ran the Saint Fons 6 Hour race this year and I was happy with the performance I turned in there. I had gone into the race planning on pacing...

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Injury Update

A week after the 100km de la Somme and it's time for an injury update. I wrote a few days back about the pain I had in my left foot and the tendons around my foot. I didn't remember turning the foot or putting any strange pressure on it during the race but, by the...

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Ah, Paris

I'm in Paris for a few days this week for work and I have to say: I love this city. I don't know that I could live here but it's an amazing place to visit. It's vibrant, it's fast, it's busy, and it's so beautiful. The Eiffel Tower winking over the tops of buildings,...

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A Crazy Idea?

With only one race left in the season for me - the night-time winter ultra Saintelyon over 72km in December - I'm starting to think about next year. I've already signed up for my first 24 hour ultra at the challenging Ultra Boucle de la Sarra. I managed 46km on the...

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Comparison Times

There's no one central repository for ultramarathon and ultrarunning race times. There are, though, a couple of places that do a pretty good job of collecting race results and ultrarunning times. Ultrasignup is probably the best for the US races, though it is a little...

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100K: Injury

I've been reasonably lucky with injuries this year and have managed the couple of problems I have had without too much trouble. Coming out of the 100km de la Somme on the weekend, though, I found myself with a strain or sprain that will need a few days or more to...

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100K: Heart Rate and Cadence Data

The 100km de la Somme was the first ultra I ran with a heart rate monitor and it opens up some new opportunities to assess my form during the race and afterwards, too. Coupled with looking at the cadence data - at least when I am not mixing them up in training - it...

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100km de la Somme

The 100km de la Somme was a race that had been on my radar for a few months. It wasn’t something that I was going to commit to a long time in advance for a few reasons, not least of all because I was not sure that I would have the fitness to get through it after the...

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