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Recovery Week

Over the weekend I ran in excess of 100 kilometers for the third time this year. The first time around I ran on Saturday, took a day off on Sunday, and was back into things on Monday - no sweat. The second time was a few weeks ago at Saints Fons and I finished running...

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Another Place, Another Race

With the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra now over I hadn't planned on running another ultra race until September and the Ultratour du Leman, the race that is and has been the focus for my 2017 season. However, I'm a sucker for opportunities that pop up and offer interesting...

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Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour

My first 24 hour ultra and an experience I will never forget. Pre-Race When a race starts at 11:00pm the 'pre-race' period is pretty damn long. For me, it started at 5:30am after a good night's sleep. I usually only get about 6 to 7 hours but, for the last few days, I...

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It’s Race Day

It's race day. Well, it's technically race day. The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra is a twenty-four hour race that starts today and ends tomorrow - and when I say 'today' it's only just today as things don't kick off until 11:00pm tonight. Hence, though this is 'start of...

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Ultrarunning and The CoSMo Company

One of the great things about working at The CoSMo Company is that the management really encourage the team to keep learning. Sure, they might already be among the best and brightest that France and a dozen other countries have to offer and there are a couple of dozen...

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Number 401

So all the training runs are done, all the hill climbing is done, and all the fitness and form is as good as it is going to get. My head is moving into the right place, I'm uninjured, and I'm getting myself into a state where I can start moving at 11Pm and not stop...

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Clearing the Head

I'm only a couple of days out from the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra so there's nothing I can do now that will make me any faster, any more efficient, or any more prepared to run the stairs of the Nicholas de Lange than I already am. Well, almost nothing: I can get my head...

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Nutrition: May – Week 2

Another good week of ketogenic, No Sugar No Grain (NSNG) living and I am feeling good heading into what is going to be a mostly restful week for me. It should be noted, though, that these weeks before an ultramarathon require a bit of care on my part as my training...

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Just 321 Meters

In a lot of the training for ultrarunning books I have read - and there are a few on that list now - one of the standard pieces of advice has been to train for a race in segments or blocks. You start off by building a base, you add in some speed work or some strength...

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Running with The Jester

After listening to classic '80s club tunes on yesterdays run, I was looking forward to the latest Ten Junk Miles Long Run interview on this morning's effort. Indeed, I was especially excited to know that the interview would be with Ed Ettinghausen, an ultrarunner also...

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Ride on Time

I'm a fan of Apple Music and its revolving daily selection of playlists. Every day I get a changing platter of rock or alternative, electronic or nostalgic songs served up fresh and there is usually something pretty good in there that will keep my head nodding on the...

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The Mount Everest Climbing Challenge

Every month Strava hosts a challenge for runners to see how high they can climb. Usually the target to complete the challenge amounts to 2000 meters or so, especially early in the season when the trails and hills are likely snow bound, in the northern hemisphere at...

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At The End of the Day

Another long and, yes, stressful day in the office today with a bunch of meetings, writing, and decisions to be made. Luckily, I didn’t have to start the day too early this morning and instead of trying to fit in a lunchtime run as I did yesterday, I took advantage of...

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Workday Ups and Downs

It's a week of tapering in terms of distance but not entirely in terms of hill climbing. The goal, as it was last week, is to continue to hit 200 meters of elevation gain each day via the runs I am fitting in around childcare, family life, and an increasingly busy...

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A May Morning Mountain

It's another public holiday here in France - don't you just love the month of May? - and so I got to sleep in a little before heading out for a morning run in the hills nearby. This morning I decided to eschew the steep and short gradients on Fourviere and the Croix...

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Nutrition: May – Week 1

Back in France, back into a regular work routine, and back into eating the sorts of foods that I am familiar with purchased at stores I know and with a quality I am sure of. It's said that a week is a long time in politics but I can tell you that, in terms of...

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Another Week of Resting Heart Rate Data

Last week I posted about how I could tell I was not in good form while in San Francisco by keeping an eye on my resting heart rate. I concluded the post by commenting: In the week ahead I will be trying to take better care of myself, get the RHR back down, and sleep...

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