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Choose Your Own Adventure

Second run of the week and an outing with the Lyon Running Club. A nice, gentle eight to ten kilometers in the city under lights - perfect, right? Well, any normal Wednesday night run is something like that but tonight  was a little different. It was announced that...

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Snowden

Cécile and I have tickets to the premiere of Oliver Stone's new movie, Snowden, for tonight. While it is already out in the US and has had some pretty average reviews, it doesn't come out in France for a couple of months and I'm keen to see it. I'm a fan of Stone's...

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The Impact of Diet

I was back into training after a week of downtime following the Thames Path. With the 100km de la Somme less than two weeks away, I'm not going to be spending a lot of time pushing hard in the lead up to the start line. Instead, I'm going to concentrate on maintaining...

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On Like Donkey Kong

So it's been a week since I ran the Thames Path and I think I have recovered well. A couple of days of a slightly painful left leg but now, a few days after that started to pass, I feel good. I had a nice walk with Cécile this morning and didn't feel any pain at all....

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Even More Ultra Lessons

After previous ultra runs I've laid out some of the lessons I have learnt - see here and here, for example. After this weekends run on the Thames Path, I thought I would do the same again and highlight what I got right and what I got wrong. Things I Got Right: I chose...

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Thames Path

So today was the big day, the long run that I have been working up to for the last couple of months: the Thames Path 50 mile run. In the end it would be just short of 50 miles but it was a great run and a great way to explore the immense city that is London. There...

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Countdown

So tomorrow is the big day where I take on the longest ultra run of my ultrarunning career so far: 50 miles or about 80 kilometers along the Thames Path in England. I had been planning to start at Windsor but, talking about it with my Dad, I have decided to back it up...

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Run in Lyon: 10K Recce

Today was my last run before the Thames Path on Saturday. There's a whole lot of hassle that emerged today around that Saturday run but, frankly, as it is all sorted out now, I'll save that tale for another day. Suffice it to say that I will still be running, still be...

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New Kit

It's my birthday tomorrow and, as Cécile is jetting off to Canada for a week or so, we celebrated yesterday with Chinese food and my present: a new running watch. I had been looking at a replacement for my Garmin Vivoactive for the last couple of months. It's not that...

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On Fire

Yesterday I was sure that I would run today but I was not sure that I would hit the distance I had set myself as a weekly goal. After all, being down to three days of running and only four runs meant hitting the 70 kilometer weekly goal was going to be a challenge,...

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One Week Out

I'm a week out from the 50 mile run on the Thames Path and I am feeling, well, pretty good. I've got the training miles done that I hoped to have done by now. The only week I haven't run quite as much as I wanted to is this week, and I think that a run tomorrow...

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Run in Lyon: Semi Recce

I don't usually run on a Friday night but tonight is a little different as I'm on a taper and I'm only looking to do easy distance. The fact that the Lyon Running Club was hosting a reconnaissance of the Run in Lyon Semi Marathon course tonight was a perfect fit for...

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A Little Pain

So last night I mentioned I was feeling a little twinge of pain in my left leg. I thought a night of rest would make it feel a little better but, alas, I have woken up this morning and it is still there. To be honest, it wasn't hurting a lot during the run and I...

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Shakeout

The week of training hasn't quite gone as planned just yet. I was hoping to get out on Tuesday morning but didn't make it as I was working through Jamie getting ready for school, things happening around the house, and getting into the groove at work. I was not...

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On a Taper

With the Thames Path 50 mile just a dozen or so days away, I am into the part of my training cycle where I start to taper in earnest. Over the last couple of months I have taken some time off injured and then, when things seemed to be healing up, ramped the training...

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La Royaume Sur La Decharge

No running this weekend as Jamie and I enjoy a 'boys weekend' just before he heads back to school on Monday. We've been enjoying the sun, the shopping, a little bit of cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, and we also took the chance to do something we've been...

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Closing Out the Week

I had got close to hitting my mileage goal for the week yesterday but wasn't quite there - I need to find another six kilometers. In the broader scheme of things these last few kilometers wouldn't count for very much. Certainly, in the scope of the 1000km or so that...

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Feelin’ Groovy

After the 30km I banked yesterday I was well on my way to reaching this week's 80km mileage goal. However, the fact that the Lyon Running Club run yesterday evening went on for a little longer than normal coupled with the now-normal skipping of dinner on Wednesday...

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