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Before the Flood

The stormy weather that disrupted the last hour of the 50K on Saturday and that saw me leaving home in the rain yesterday remains. Indeed, according to news reports, things are getting very blowy indeed: Weather warnings are in place for large swathes of France as...

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Recovery in the Rain

In 2016 less than 90,000 runners completed an ultramarathon in the US and Canada. That sounds like a lot until you consider that more than 50,000 people finished the New York City Marathon and 40,000 finished the Chicago Marathon. In those two events, then, there were...

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The 50K Pace Test

In the month of March I have two key weeks for training: the first and current week, and the third week. The third week is key because it involves a long run on a Saturday backed up by another good run on the Sunday, both of which will be on parts of the Ultratour du...

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Running the D-Line

So I have run the A-line and I've run the C-line. Next up? The D-line. Unlike the C-line I ran yesterday, the D-line is long. In fact, it is Lyon's longest metro line at a little more than 12 kilometers between the Gare de Vénissieux and the Gare de Vaise. It's also...

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Running the C-Line

About three weeks ago I started the day by running the Lyon metro A-line. Looking for a fun morning run this morning, I decided to repeat that feat but on the C-line. Yes, it is shorter, indeed the shortest metro line in the city at only five stations long. However,...

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Lyon Running Crew #245

It's Wednesday evening so that means it's the regular Lyon Running Crew group run. It's supposed to be about 10 kilometers of group running at about 6:00 pace, though it always ends up being 'about' both of those things rather than exactly on target. When considering...

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Review: Diamond to the Rough

I'm a fan of great running videos and, as I mentioned the other day, I like to check these out in the lead up to a big run or a race to get my mind in the right place. I've got a few favorites, for sure, but I also like looking for new and interesting ultramarathon...

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March Madness

It's the first day of March and I decided to start things off with some hills...because why not, right? I was up and at 'em early but didn't leave the house until close to 6:00am. I'm in no rush this week as Jamie and I are both on vacation and Cécile is starting work...

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Review: This Is Your Day

I enjoy watching movies about ultrarunning. They are inspiring, they keep me motivated, and before I do an ultra run or race putting one of these movies on and getting my mind in the right sort of space to perform is part of my routine. I guess I have...

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200 Days to Go

So today is another milestone in the 2017 season. No, not an ultra run or a race or distance milestone - something much more simple. Today marks 200 days before I toe the start line at the big target of the season, the Ultratour du Leman in Switzerland. While 200 days...

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City of Lions

It's no surprise that the city I call home, Lyon, has as the symbol of the city the lion. Lyon. Lion. Get it? Anyway, I thought I would mix up my run today by taking a run that would include some of the more famous lions around the city. I don't know how many there...

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Sunday Session

The goal for this week was to get in 90 kilometers, mostly of easy running. After the 100K last weekend, I didn't need to push hard and I just wanted to break back into the rhythm of daily running. This I managed and, with a double on Wednesday and a longer run...

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Memory Lane

The plan this morning was to get a couple of hours of steady-paced distance in before returning home to clean up and await the return of Jamie from the ski slopes. Cécile isn't feeling all that great and would be staying in bed and so I was able to leave things a...

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1000K Since Christmas

With the 140km completed between Boxing Day and New Years Eve added to the 857km completed between New Years Day and the end of yesterday's run, I started this morning with a total of 997km banked since returning from our Christmas trip to Picardie. Stepping out the...

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So Nice I Ran It Twice

I didn't have the best night's sleep last night and eventually felt my alarm go off at 4:30am. It didn't occur to me that I hadn't set the alarm for 4:30am (it was set for 4:50am) but I got out of bed anyway. A bad night's sleep can be overcome with a good morning...

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Lyon Running Crew #244

After missing last week's Lyon Running Crew run while on my taper, I was looking forward to connecting with the gang again tonight as this second training block gets underway. With three runs already banked for the week, the fourth run on a Wednesday night is usually...

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Eucalyptus FTW!

Yesterday's run concluded at the Grand Pharmacie Lyonaise where I sought - and found - eucalyptus oil. A few hours later I was head down over a steaming hot bowl of water infused with that same eucalyptus oil and breathing in Australia. 12 hours later, I'm feeling a...

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In Search of Eucalyptus Oil

Another run commute home from work, though this time with a greater goal than just getting in an hour on my feet and keeping it all in Zone 2. Tonight, with the head cold still kicking about and making my working day less than fun, I wanted to finish my run at a...

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