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A Crazy Idea?

With only one race left in the season for me - the night-time winter ultra Saintelyon over 72km in December - I'm starting to think about next year. I've already signed up for my first 24 hour ultra at the challenging Ultra Boucle de la Sarra. I managed 46km on the...

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Comparison Times

There's no one central repository for ultramarathon and ultrarunning race times. There are, though, a couple of places that do a pretty good job of collecting race results and ultrarunning times. Ultrasignup is probably the best for the US races, though it is a little...

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100K: Injury

I've been reasonably lucky with injuries this year and have managed the couple of problems I have had without too much trouble. Coming out of the 100km de la Somme on the weekend, though, I found myself with a strain or sprain that will need a few days or more to...

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100K: Heart Rate and Cadence Data

The 100km de la Somme was the first ultra I ran with a heart rate monitor and it opens up some new opportunities to assess my form during the race and afterwards, too. Coupled with looking at the cadence data - at least when I am not mixing them up in training - it...

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100km de la Somme

The 100km de la Somme was a race that had been on my radar for a few months. It wasn’t something that I was going to commit to a long time in advance for a few reasons, not least of all because I was not sure that I would have the fitness to get through it after the...

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24 Hours To Go

I'm up early - well, at my regular time which is early - and it's a little more than 24 hours to go before I am on the 100km de la Somme start line in Amiens. I spent some time last night laying out, checking, and then packing up the gear I'll need for the run. I'll...

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Pack vs Handheld vs Aid Station

I'll be packing the final elements ahead of the trip to Amiens tomorrow afternoon for the 100km de la Somme on Saturday morning. As I type this I am almost exactly 48 hours  from taking my first steps in the race so, in terms of getting things in order, this is the...

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Shakeout

I've got only one real goal for this week: the 10km de la Somme on Saturday. My focus all week has been on getting mentally prepared for the race but I did want to get in one final run at a slow pace to just see how my legs felt before heading north to Amiens - and...

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A Fast Course

There's no getting around the fact that, when it comes to 100K races, the 100km de la Somme is a fast course. The biggest reason for this has to be the terrain: it's flat, it's mainly unobstructed, and it's an out and back so - by the second time you see things - it's...

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Six Inches

I woke up feeling good this morning. Nothing was hurting, my left leg that had bothered me a little before the Thames Path run was fine, and I had slept well. I didn't head out for a run as I'm only 5 days out from the 100km de la Somme and I'm tapering but I did try...

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No Stress Saturday

I'd planned on getting in just 50km this week as the overarching goal was to maintain my form and to avoid getting injured. With a little more than 33km already in the bag, I just had a nice easy 17km or a touch more than 10 miles to do this morning and I would be...

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Cadence is not Heart Rate

Up nice and early this morning to get the run in before another day at work and a weekend that - fingers crossed - will be relaxing and enjoyable. We haven't got a lot planned for the weekend besides cheering on the Run in Lyon competitors and maybe getting a little...

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Reflections on Run in Lyon

The Run in Lyon festival is on this weekend with its 10K, half marathon, and marathon. It's a big event and probably the highlight of the local racing calendar for road racers. I'm not running this year but I did run last year and enjoyed it a lot, even turned in a...

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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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