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Wasp Sting

Every once in a while you have a run that doesn't feel great. You're tired, your legs don't seem to want to work, or your mind is just too distracted to get into the mental space you need to be in to enjoy the run. I don't know what the reason behind this feeling of...

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21 Days Out

Twenty-one days out from the big dance for the year. Yep, it's starting to get a bit real, isn't it? It's tipped to be a very hot day here in Lyon so I made sure to get out early and get my run in before the sun started making things more difficult than they needed to...

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A Day of Rest

Today I took a day off from running. I had run every one of the last twenty days and, with about 45km to get in to close out my week, I wouldn't gain a lot from running today that I couldn't gain from running a little longer tomorrow and Sunday. I took the day to let...

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Daily Grind

Following on from yesterday's run commute I was back into the daily grind again this morning with another run in and out of the office. Cécile's parents will leave to return to Picardie this afternoon and I'll have a chance to run a little longer in the morning or in...

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In and Out

Cécile's parents are in town and staying with us, and this means our small apartment has quickly filled up. While I like having people around to stay, it does mean that the morning routine with its early morning run, shower, catching up on the news, and then heading...

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Feeling It

I set the alarm for 5:00am this morning and was ready to get my morning run in. As it happened, though, I woke up before the alarm at about 4:45am and decided, well, close enough. I got ready, I pulled on my shoes, and I headed out for a 10K on the flats around Lyon....

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D+501

An early start and a long day in the office today meant a run in the late afternoon heat for me. The only real plan was to get in an hour on my feet and keep the heart rate mostly in Zone 2. I thought about a nice out-and-back to the Isle Barbe but then, after a chat...

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Sunday Night Steps

I was lucky enough to spend the day with Jamie and it was an active one, too. We started the day with a long, five kilometer walk - I'm convinced that he needs to keep active more than he would prefer so I am working in daily exercise sessions - down to Vaise, and...

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The D-306

I had intended to run longer than I did today but the weather worked against me, as did the time. Had I been able to start a couple of hours earlier I might have been able to knock over a 50K without much of a problem but, unfortunately, the first train out to...

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Ze Park? Eet is Closed!

I woke up at 5:00am. The Parc de la Tete D'Or opens at 6:30am. Was I going to spend an extra hour in bed if I wanted to run around the park? Unlikely. Instead, all I had to do was adjust my notion of what it means to run around the park. The normal running loop around...

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Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

It's a hot day. Now I fully expect the middle of the day to be warmer than the early morning and I am sure there will be some heat at the Ultratour du Leman in September, but neither of these facts make it any easier to be running at lunch. It is hot, it feels hot,...

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…So I Got Tear Gassed

A long day at work and, after a couple of heavier days, I thought I would fit in a nice easy recovery run this evening. I expected my legs to hurt a little (they did) and I expected to be able to hold a reasonable pace all the same (I did). What I didn't expect was...

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18.2 at 4:39, 154, and 185

I dropped Cécile off at the Rhone Express this morning and, after seeing her get safely on board, I readied myself for the morning's run. The idea this morning was to get a nice, tempo run in. If I could keep my cadence up, my heart rate under control, and my average...

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Two Parks

A sleep in this morning on a day off from work and a chance to get a nice run in before it got too hot. I've another good length run planned for tomorrow as I drop Cécile on the way to the airport and then run home so today's run was all about keeping things simple,...

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2500K

This morning I set out to run with a couple of different goals. First, i wanted to give my new shoes a bit of a run in. Having finished my run yesterday and cracked the 700 kilometer mark with the previous pair of Nike Terra Kiger 3's, I broke out the new pair that...

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It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

Today was my last run with an old friend: my Terra Kiger 3's in Blue. When it comes to shoes I have been a fan of Nike's for ages and running in the Terra Kiger 3's for the last couple of years. Nike recently released the Terra Kiger 4's and I haven't bought a pair...

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Light Rain to Light Lunch

I ran last night and this morning I decided to enjoy a sleep in - 6:00am is a sleep in, right? Cécile and I have friends coming around tonight so the chance of a post-apero run is probably nil and, as I want to run a little longer than an hour tomorrow morning, this...

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Jacobins to Jellybeans

A post-work run today and - with a good night's sleep and a reasonable day of work behind me - it was another run that felt pretty good. Truthfully, the run was a little slower than yesterday's lunchtime effort, but it also included a nice climb which accounted for...

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