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Review: Diamond to the Rough

I'm a fan of great running videos and, as I mentioned the other day, I like to check these out in the lead up to a big run or a race to get my mind in the right place. I've got a few favorites, for sure, but I also like looking for new and interesting ultramarathon...

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March Madness

It's the first day of March and I decided to start things off with some hills...because why not, right? I was up and at 'em early but didn't leave the house until close to 6:00am. I'm in no rush this week as Jamie and I are both on vacation and Cécile is starting work...

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Review: This Is Your Day

I enjoy watching movies about ultrarunning. They are inspiring, they keep me motivated, and before I do an ultra run or race putting one of these movies on and getting my mind in the right sort of space to perform is part of my routine. I guess I have...

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200 Days to Go

So today is another milestone in the 2017 season. No, not an ultra run or a race or distance milestone - something much more simple. Today marks 200 days before I toe the start line at the big target of the season, the Ultratour du Leman in Switzerland. While 200 days...

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City of Lions

It's no surprise that the city I call home, Lyon, has as the symbol of the city the lion. Lyon. Lion. Get it? Anyway, I thought I would mix up my run today by taking a run that would include some of the more famous lions around the city. I don't know how many there...

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Sunday Session

The goal for this week was to get in 90 kilometers, mostly of easy running. After the 100K last weekend, I didn't need to push hard and I just wanted to break back into the rhythm of daily running. This I managed and, with a double on Wednesday and a longer run...

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Memory Lane

The plan this morning was to get a couple of hours of steady-paced distance in before returning home to clean up and await the return of Jamie from the ski slopes. Cécile isn't feeling all that great and would be staying in bed and so I was able to leave things a...

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1000K Since Christmas

With the 140km completed between Boxing Day and New Years Eve added to the 857km completed between New Years Day and the end of yesterday's run, I started this morning with a total of 997km banked since returning from our Christmas trip to Picardie. Stepping out the...

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So Nice I Ran It Twice

I didn't have the best night's sleep last night and eventually felt my alarm go off at 4:30am. It didn't occur to me that I hadn't set the alarm for 4:30am (it was set for 4:50am) but I got out of bed anyway. A bad night's sleep can be overcome with a good morning...

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Lyon Running Crew #244

After missing last week's Lyon Running Crew run while on my taper, I was looking forward to connecting with the gang again tonight as this second training block gets underway. With three runs already banked for the week, the fourth run on a Wednesday night is usually...

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Eucalyptus FTW!

Yesterday's run concluded at the Grand Pharmacie Lyonaise where I sought - and found - eucalyptus oil. A few hours later I was head down over a steaming hot bowl of water infused with that same eucalyptus oil and breathing in Australia. 12 hours later, I'm feeling a...

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In Search of Eucalyptus Oil

Another run commute home from work, though this time with a greater goal than just getting in an hour on my feet and keeping it all in Zone 2. Tonight, with the head cold still kicking about and making my working day less than fun, I wanted to finish my run at a...

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Core Exercises: Week 3

The third week of daily core exercises is complete and I am still meeting my daily goals. Well, almost. For the first time this month I missed a day of core exercises when ran the Town and Tube 100K on Saturday. I didn't give myself enough time to complete them in the...

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Above the Neck

For runners there are two types of sick: below the neck, and above the neck. If you are feeling sick below the neck (chest cold, lung problems, stomach issues) it is usually best to give running a rest for the day. On the other hand, if the only problems are above the...

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Training Block Two

With the first ultra distance run out of the way for the year, it's time to reflect on what I achieved and whether I hit the targets I had set for myself. On Friday I wrote about the four goals that I wanted to hit in the Saturday run. Looking them over now, I feel...

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Town and Tube

The first ultra length run of the year is in the books. It was a long day - the longest day running in terms of both time and distance for me - but a satisfying one in the end. The loops weren't always easy and of course my feet hurt, but no one expects to run...

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Countdown: Town and Tube

So this time tomorrow morning I'll be running the first loop of the sixteen loops of the Town and Tube fat ass ultra. If all goes to plan then I'll stop running a little less than 16 hours later with one hundred kilometers banked and the first ultra run of the year...

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NSNG and Ultrarunning

Since returning from Christmas in Picardie and beginning this current block of training leading up to the Town and Tube in just two days time I have been sticking to a strict No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet. After a couple of rough days and a week or more of running...

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