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Jamie’s Big Race

Today - the day before the Run in Lyon Marathon - is a day for preparation, rest, getting psyched up, and watching the little kids of the city take on their own 'marathon' course. The Pitch Marathoons (yep, spelled that way) is run on the afternoon before the adult...

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Choices

It's more or less decision day: will I run the Run in Lyon Marathon or not? A couple of things need to weighed against each other in making the choice. First, there's the injury. My left leg still hurts, if I spend too much time walking, running, or banging it around...

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Running the Numbers

My leg is still painful and while it is better than it was on the weekend it is still not perfect. I am moving about easier on it and I have been trying my best not to place any stress on it and I think, overall, this is helping. As well, in line with advice from...

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Review: Garmin Vivoactive 3

So my new Garmin Vivoactive 3 arrived on Saturday and I have had a couple of days to play around with it, get a feel for the relatively new UX, and test it out as a sports watch and fitness tracker. Sure, I haven't really had a chance to run with it yet as I am still...

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Tempo Chrono!

I mentioned in yesterday's post that last night was going to be a Boys' Night, and it was. Jamie didn't get to stay up too late but he did see Cécile and her friend leave for dinner before getting into bed just a couple of minutes after his regular bedtime. He had his...

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Boys’ Night

Cécile is heading out with a friend for dinner tonight and leaving Jamie and I behind for what the two of us just call Boys' Night. Boys' Night is a night for the boys. it doesn't have to be about doing anything other than just hanging out and, this being a Monday...

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Something’s Wrong…

A quick recap of the last week: Sunday: Finished the 175K Ultratour du Leman - sore and a little hard to walk on tired legs, but otherwise OK. Monday: Rest. Tuesday: Rest: Wednesday: Rest Thursday: Short 5K run, felt good. Friday: Short 6K run, felt good. Saturday:...

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New Toy!

My birthday present - a Garmin Vivoactive 3 - arrived today via Amazon. Review, feedback, and lots more coming soon, but right now I am just happy to have a new toy to play with! 🙂 If you want to keep up with my training and racing without clicking...

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Most of The Beatles

It's always amused me that there are three churches right across the river that share names with three of the The Beatles: John (St Jean), Paul (St Paul), and George (St Georges). Sadly, there is no Saint Ringo or I'd be able to make a Fab Four footing, so to speak -...

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Recovery Over

The first time I ran an ultramarathon I ran for seven hours and took a week off afterwards. On the weekend I ran for a little more than 25 hours and now - three days later - I'm back on my feet and running again. I guess that the longer you run in this crazy sport the...

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Saintelyon? I’m In

So that didn't take too long after all. After yesterday's post where I was musing on what I might aim for next I bit the bullet last night and snapped up a bib for the 2017 Saintelyon. My motivation? I'm interested in running La 180 one day and I need a second finish...

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What’s Next?

So the big goal of the year has been achieved. I'm happy, content, and a little bit proud that I achieved what I set out to do last year. But achieving that goal means I have to start thinking about the next goal. Or, on other, words: what's next? Well to start with...

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So How Did I Do?

On Saturday and before the start of the Ultratour du Leman I set out three goals for the race. So how did I do? The first goal was to finish in the time limit. The time limit was 30 hours and so I had to be back at the race headquarters by 1:00pm on Sunday to hit this...

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Ultratour du Leman

Sunday morning at a little before 8:30am I took the final steps to cross the finish line of the Ultratour du Leman. 178 kilometers or a little more than 110 miles after I had left Villeneuve in Switzerland I was back having completed my first 100 mile ultramarathon. I...

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Goals for the Ultratour du Leman

So in about an hour from now I will be at the start line for the 175K Ultratour du Leman. This race has been on my radar for a long time now and I made it the centerpiece and A-race of my season back in December. Everything that I have done this year has been, in some...

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Chateau de Chillon

And with that the training for the Ultratour du Leman is officially done. This morning I headed out for a short morning jog along the edge of the lake. The goal was...well, just to relax. Breathe in the fresh air, take a look at the lake waking up, and playing the...

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Montreux

Only two sleeps before the Ultratour du Leman now and I have arrived in Switzerland and getting myself in the right mindset to get it done. I took the train up from Lyon this morning to Geneva, waited a half hour, and then took the train on to Montreux. There was...

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Happy Birthday to Me

Another lap around the sun completed - my 38th such victory loop - and I'm celebrating my birthday! It's not going to be the most exciting of days. I will be in at work as always and then, on the way home, I'll collect Jamie and he'll join Cécile and I for dinner at a...

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