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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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Core Exercises: Week 1

At the end of January I set myself a couple of goals in my training for the month to come. Not being one to jump into a whole lot of different things all at once, I focused on continuing the good work I was already doing and adding in some additional exercises to...

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Urban Loop

It's been a while since I ran through the city of Lyon without the Lyon Running Crew. I must admit that most of the time that I run in the city the constant stopping for traffic drives me a bit crazy, and it does nothing for my pacing as I sprint away from lights to...

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Take It Easy

I ran a big training week last week, and I know I'll have another big week when this one is done. As a result, this week is all about taking it easy. This morning's run was the first of the new week and all I wanted to do was get out, spend about an hour running, and...

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Lady Madonna

Cécile is off visiting her parents and Jamie is spending the week with his Mum and so I have the rare opportunity to take a long run without the pressures of needing to be back by a certain time, or much responsibility after I'm done other than couching and watching...

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All Day

Yesterday was the second edition of the Lurdunum Fat Ass. After last year's edition I took a day off to rest my legs and then ran a little less than an hour on the day after that. Now, a year later, my legs feel fine and I am looking forward to spending a couple of...

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Lurdunum

The second hit out of the day, the second double of the week, and the second time I have run the Lyon Ultra Run Lurdunum Fat Ass. Last year going into this race there were a lot of unknowns. As I wrote at the time: this was something of a mystery race. Details about...

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Touch the Sky

I've running a double today with the Lurdunum Fat Ass kicking off at 7:30pm for a good four hours or so on my feet. Getting out this morning is less about getting a good workout as it is about getting the day started right. A nice ten kilometers or so, maybe an hour...

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Use Your Illusion

I have to admit that my legs were a little tired after yesterday's running: the combination of a 10K in the morning and then another 30-plus kilometers in the evening meant that I didn't have entirely fresh legs this morning. Add to this the fact that I didn't sleep...

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Lyon Running Crew #241

The second run of the day but the first of two 'doubles' this week (the other one is on Friday) as I build up the mileage in the first week of February. The Lyon Running Crew group run leaves from Celestins at 7:30pm but I left work a little earlier to get in some...

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Vitalogy

It's the first day of a new month and I am starting things off loud! With Pearl Jam's Vitalogy on the iPod, I headed out the door just before 5am to hit the streets for the first of two runs today. With the Lyon Running Crew group run this evening and with a little...

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Closing Out January

So it's January 31st and time for the last run of the first month of the new year. Nothing particularly special planned to mark the occasion for me, just another ten kilometers with a little bit of climbing to keep the blood pumping and get a couple of numbers on the...

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Fort de Vaise

Another working week and the last couple of days to squeeze in some training during January. After a relaxing weekend away with Cécile I managed to sleep terribly and, after tossing and turning for hours, was happy when my alarm buzzed and I rolled out of bed ready to...

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Speed Test

Cécile and I had spent a relaxing weekend in Dijon and that included a sleep in this morning. I didn't wake up until after 8am and I didn't go out searching for coffee and Cécile's almond croissant until after 9am. This made for a real change to the 'up and out the...

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What We’ve Become

Cécile and I are heading away for the night to Dijon and I am sure she doesn't want to be left alone for an hour when we get there so I can go out and explore the city in a run. Hence, if I was going to fit in the run today it needed to be in the morning before we...

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Running on Ice

It rained a little last night before we went to bed but somehow I didn't connect that with the idea that there would be frozen rain - that is: ice - on the paths and trails this morning. I was quickly made aware of this reality, though, as I crossed from Jacobins to...

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