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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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Core Exercises: Week 3

The third week of daily core exercises is complete and I am still meeting my daily goals. Well, almost. For the first time this month I missed a day of core exercises when ran the Town and Tube 100K on Saturday. I didn't give myself enough time to complete them in the...

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Above the Neck

For runners there are two types of sick: below the neck, and above the neck. If you are feeling sick below the neck (chest cold, lung problems, stomach issues) it is usually best to give running a rest for the day. On the other hand, if the only problems are above the...

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Training Block Two

With the first ultra distance run out of the way for the year, it's time to reflect on what I achieved and whether I hit the targets I had set for myself. On Friday I wrote about the four goals that I wanted to hit in the Saturday run. Looking them over now, I feel...

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Town and Tube

The first ultra length run of the year is in the books. It was a long day - the longest day running in terms of both time and distance for me - but a satisfying one in the end. The loops weren't always easy and of course my feet hurt, but no one expects to run...

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Countdown: Town and Tube

So this time tomorrow morning I'll be running the first loop of the sixteen loops of the Town and Tube fat ass ultra. If all goes to plan then I'll stop running a little less than 16 hours later with one hundred kilometers banked and the first ultra run of the year...

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NSNG and Ultrarunning

Since returning from Christmas in Picardie and beginning this current block of training leading up to the Town and Tube in just two days time I have been sticking to a strict No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet. After a couple of rough days and a week or more of running...

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Planning and Planks

In these last three days before the Town and Tube 100K Fat Ass I'm taking some time off my feet and getting myself prepared for the first ultra run of the year. It makes a change not to be out and running at 5am after fifty consecutive days of running since returning...

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Core Exercises: Week 2

The second week of daily core exercises is complete and I am still meeting my daily goals. You'll recall - or you might if you caught the blog post a week ago - that I have set myself the target of being able to complete 200 crunches and four 1-minute planks by the...

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50 Days

This is taper week ahead of the Town and Tube but, even in taper week, I'm still getting out every day. In fact, today marks the fiftieth consecutive day I've got out and run - I haven't missed a day since starting this training block after Christmas. I've been...

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Tapering

So this is taper week with a twist. I have a big run coming up this Saturday so I want to make sure I am ready and raring to go. This means tapering in the days before and, indeed, I've been doing this for the last week already. After running my last high volume week...

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Not What I Needed

On Saturday - just six days from now - I am running the first ultra Fat Ass of my year. I'll be spending the day putting 100 kilometers on the board and seeing how my No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet holds up over the course of a day on my feet. I'm looking forward to...

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Track Work

A longer run this morning but still relaxed - and also a bit different. I decided this morning to head out to INSA, a university in Villeurbanne, and run their track there. I have seen the track a few ties when visiting the campus for various things and always meant...

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Running the A-Line

This has been a week of recovery after last week's 100 mile total and ahead of next week's likely massive total, too. The shorter runs have been good fun and I've done familiar loops, revisited places I haven't run in a while, and even thrown in a couple of hills,...

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Up and Down

Up and at 'em and feeling good this morning. Yesterday's double didn't really seem to have much of an effect on my legs. The first kilometer heading out along the Saone and heading to Vaise saw my legs feeling a little tight, but I loosened up fast. The street...

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Lyon Running Crew #242

These Wednesday night runs with the Lyon Running Crew are usually pretty relaxed affairs - and they are meant to be. It's about 10 kilometers run at about 6:00 pace, usually with a zone defi thrown in where people lift the tempo for a short time before regrouping. I...

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Foxymophandlemama

Sometimes a song gets stuck in your head, and sometimes it's just the title. In my case, it was the latter this morning. Hey, Foxymophandlemama, That's Me. Not the longest title in the Pearl Jam catalogue - that one goes to Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small...

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