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Paris Before Dusk

Ah, Paris! After a long day that started in Lyon, ended in Paris, and involved rocketing between the two at 300km/h before meetings, conference calls, and strategy sessions, I was finally free at the end of the day to start enjoying the City of Lights. After this...

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Lyon Before Dawn

Today is a busy day for me as I'm in Paris tonight on business so getting in the regular morning run and then the evening run with the Lyon Running Crew is not going to play out. That said, I did get in a run this morning and I do hope to get in another tonight to...

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Nutrition: March – Week 2

Another week of tracking my nutrition on My Fitness Pal and I'm sticking to the NSNG/Ketogenic/LCHF diet well. A few interesting tidbits from the last week: My daily caloric intake varied - a lot. I had days where I was taking on more than 2000 calories and I had one...

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Coquillat: One Year Later

One of the good things about tracking all of my runs and using Strava and Garmin Connect is that I can identify some running routes, hills, and challenging sections that I have run before, and then see how my performance varies over time. This was what motivated me to...

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Montee Soeur Vially

A new training week - and a big one, too. I'm planning on getting in at least 150 kilometers this week, with a big part of that on the weekend as I put in an ultra distance run on the Saturday, then try and back it up with a couple more hours on tired legs on the...

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3 Hills, 2 Rivers, 1 Dead Rat

I had to knock over about 24 kilometers this morning in order to hit the weekly target of 110 kilometers total. I wasn't going to do much more than that because the combination of having Jamie to look after in the morning when he woke up and a few errands to run on...

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Going Up

It's the weekend and I woke up with two more runs planned before I closed out another week of training for the Saint Fons 12 Hour. The goal this week was really to transition between the high-mileage previous week that included the Saturday 50K run, and the heavy week...

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The Cross Training Commute

As the weather cleared up in the last couple of days I have had the chance to add a little bit of cross-training to my daily commute. While I have previously enjoyed running in to work or home from work - indeed, I did a nice 17km run home from the office earlier in...

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The Oldest Bridge in Lyon

It's the oldest bridge still standing in Lyon...well, almost in Lyon. It actually spans the river Saone at the Isle Barbe and was constructed in 1827. Now, nearly 200 years later, it still stands as a testament to French engineering and a useful place for a runner...

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MAF Run

I listen to a lot of podcasts when I run, when I am working, and when I am just going about my daily chores. Of course, a lot of these are running and endurance sports podcasts, along with the regular news, current affairs, and general interest shows I enjoy each...

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Review: Road to Sparta, by Dean Karnazes

I'm a reader, always have been. And, no surprise, I enjoy reading about running in general and ultrarunning in particular. So, with a week of vacation last week, I found some time to dive into a couple of books on the Kindle including Dean Karnazes' latest effort, The...

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The Ninkasi Stairs

Usually I run twice on a Wednesday - first alone in the morning, and second with the Lyon Running Crew in the evening. Tonight, however, I have a late meeting at work and I won't be able to make the LRC group run and, while I could always run home, I know this...

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Long Lines

I'm doing a double today but not of the regular Wednesday sort. There's no Lyon Running Crew run for me this evening as I have meetings that are going to run late. Instead, I will be adding a lunchtime session which is going to be short, sharp, and difficult - and,...

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Nutrition: March – Week 1

All last month I tracked my core exercises and found it a very useful way to ensure I stayed on track and completed the exercises each day. The knowledge that I would be reporting the results and the progress each week spurred me on to make the good choice (completing...

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Slick Cobblestones

After running home from work yesterday I decided to run in this morning. The shower at the office coupled with a relatively quiet environment in which to work until about 9am means getting up, getting going, and arriving at the office at 7:00am means I can be ready to...

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Before the Flood

The stormy weather that disrupted the last hour of the 50K on Saturday and that saw me leaving home in the rain yesterday remains. Indeed, according to news reports, things are getting very blowy indeed: Weather warnings are in place for large swathes of France as...

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Recovery in the Rain

In 2016 less than 90,000 runners completed an ultramarathon in the US and Canada. That sounds like a lot until you consider that more than 50,000 people finished the New York City Marathon and 40,000 finished the Chicago Marathon. In those two events, then, there were...

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The 50K Pace Test

In the month of March I have two key weeks for training: the first and current week, and the third week. The third week is key because it involves a long run on a Saturday backed up by another good run on the Sunday, both of which will be on parts of the Ultratour du...

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