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Running with Ryan and Sean

Some podcasts come out on a pretty regular schedule. Ten Junk Miles usually drops on a Friday just in time for the weekend long runs. No Sleep usually drops on a Sunday and I kick myself almost every week for not yet signing up for a subscription to get the longer...

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Towards the Taper

With today's run I closed out another week of training and as of tomorrow I am officially into the tapering mode. In a sense, I have been tapering already with a big week last week - including an 80 kilometer weekend - and then a reduction this week from 150K to 110K....

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Three Weeks Out

I was feeling really flat before this run. I mean really flat. Call it being tired, call it fatigue, call it whatever - I just wasn't feeling good. Cécile suggested I give the run a miss and instead just get some rest but I know that generally I feel better after a...

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Late Season Races

My early season races are all set: I'll be racing the Saint Fons 12 Hour in just three weeks time and the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour about a month after that. My goal race for the season is also set for September: the 175K Ultratour du Leman. Assuming I get...

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Rainy Runcommute

Running home from work the last couple of days has meant I have been able to squeeze in some miles at either end of the day but it has also meant that there are a bunch of clothes sitting in the office that need to come home. Included in that bunch of clothes are my...

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Missing Richard Simmons

I had a late afternoon briefing call with a colleague to talk with an analyst from Silicon Valley at work and, when it was drawing to a close, I looked up at the window and realized that the noises I had been hearing outside weren't workers at the building site across...

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Walking and Ultrarunning

One of the things that is important in ultrarunning is spending time on your feet. Not only do you have to be used to running long periods, you also have to be prepared for just being out there for long periods, moving towards a finish line or a time limit, making the...

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Mud, Climbing, and Rain

Sometimes a run is about how you feel and other times it is about what you do. And sometimes it is about what you pass through - like this morning. I headed out for a quick 10K, myabe 50 to 60 minutes on my feet, but without any real plan beyond that. I have been keen...

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Overcast Skies

So this morning the plan was to get a run in, then run again in the evening before meeting up with the Lyon Running Crew for the regular Wednesday night group run. Except, things changed. The regular Wednesday night group run turned into a...

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Short and Sharp

Wednesday is the day of the week where I usually get two runs in: a session in the morning and then another in the evening with the Lyon Running Crew. The evening session usually serves as a slower recovery run of about 10 kilometers or so. Yes, there's usually a...

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Nutrition – March: Week 3

Another week of tracking my nutrition and sticking to the No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) and largely ketogenic or low carb approach. Things continue to hum along nicely and I'm feeling good, though there were a couple of days this week that threw me around a little based...

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I Want You Back

After a poor night's sleep on Sunday night, I slept a lot better last night getting a full 6 hours and 44 minutes according to the Garmin and not waking up once. Perfect preparation, it turns out, for another morning run where I was able to enjoy myself, run with legs...

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On Tired Legs

When it comes to running ultras Hal Koerner knows what he is talking about. He’s won the Western States Endurance Run twice and has finished more than a 100 ultras. So, when he says you need to learn how to run when you are tired in order to finish a 100 mile race,...

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Crossing Borders

When I came up to Geneva for the weekend the plan was to run an ultra distance training run on Saturday and then back it up with a shorter run on Sunday morning. Yesterday, though, that plan fell through and I had a terrible run that ended about 25K earlier than I had...

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Geneva to Allaman

I'm writing this post from my hotel room near the shores of Lac Leman in Geneva. The Milano-San Remo is on the television in the background (being Switzerland, the commentary is in excited Italian) having just finished an Italian-inspired picnic lunch on my bed of...

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Review: A Decade On

I've been re-listening to Scott Jurek's book Eat and Run during the week as I was working and traveling for work. As it happens, one of the chapters I listened to this week was the one in which Jurek explained what happened when he paced Brian Morrison at the 2006...

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The Friday Shakeout

I'm back after a couple of days in Paris - including a nice sightseeing run and a morning wake-up run - I'm back in Lyon, well at least for the day. Tomorrow I am off to Switzerland for a couple of days of relaxation and ultra training with a long run planned for...

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Paris Before Dawn

After running Lyon before the sun came up yesterday and then Paris as the sun was going down yesterday, this morning I set out to run the City of Lights before it really woke up - and before a big day of work here in the French capital. I was up early to make sure I...

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