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Four Bridges

This morning's session was all about getting a nice steady run in before heading to the office. Wednesday is always a longer day for me as it starts early (5am wakeup) and ends late (Wednesday night Lyon Running Crew run ends around 9pm). It's usually a more relaxing...

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Paves de lsle Barbe

Up early this morning to get the daily run in ahead of a full day of work and family commitments. I wanted to get in an hour or maybe a little more on my feet before getting home, getting showered, getting caffeinated and getting the day started. I had a boy to get on...

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Long Way to Blandan

It was far too cold for running today. No, wait. That's not right. More precisely, it was far too cold for running in the clothes I was wearing when I went running today. With temperatures of 0°C it was literally freezing and I went out in a single layer. Sure, I had...

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My First 100 Mile Week

In France, in Australia, and in almost anywhere except the US, it seems, we live in a world of kilometers. Well, apart from the US and the sport of ultrarunning where, long out past the 100m, 200m, and even 10,000m of the running track, distances are commonly in...

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Last Run of 2016

Another year has come to a close and I won't be heading out again into the cold air to run again until tomorrow when the calendar will tell me it is officially 2017. The dream of hitting the 3000K mark for 2016 turned out to be a little too out of reach in the end....

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Icicles on the Mont D’Or

OK, I'll admit it: my legs are tired. With almost 100K banked in the last three days and with the new No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet kicking in, I felt tired from the start. My legs hurt a little in the first couple of kilometers as I pushed up and along the Saone...

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The Foggy Rhone

I had run Tuesday and Wednesday morning and then again on Wednesday night so I decided to leave my Thursday run until the afternoon. I was still up early as Cécile sent me off to the market at 7:30am to buy a range of fruits and vegetables for her to juice up for her...

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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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