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150 Days to Go

Back in January I wrote: The big goal of my ultrarunning year is the Ultratour du Leman in September. It’s 175 kilometers or 108 miles around the Lac Leman in Switzerland, it has a 30 hour time limit, and it is going to be the furthest that I have ever run. It’s a...

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After the Ultra

After a day off from running on Monday I was back into it this morning with a recovery run. My legs were still sore from the weekend, though much better than they were yesterday. My right knee - painful yesterday, especially so climbing and descending the stairs at my...

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Tired and Sore

OK, I'll admit it: my post-race activities weren't necessarily the ideal choice for an ultrarunner. To begin with, only a few hours after finishing I was meant to be squeezed into a train and shooting myself towards Paris, and then on to London to spend a week away...

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Saint Fons 12 Hour

The first of the true ultrarunning tests is done for the year and I could hardly be happier. Long story short, I ran a good race, achieved nearly all of my goals, and placed higher than I could have expected based on the previous performances of the other runners in...

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Nutrition – April: Week Two

Another week of tracking my daily nutrition is complete and it sure has been a strange week. A lot was happening this week and it had an effect on what I ate, when I ate it, and how much of it I ate. Add to this the fact that I was on a taper and not expending the...

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Goals for the Saint Fons 12 Hour

...and so, after nearly four months of training and two training blocks, 1700 kilometers of preparation, and training runs in three different countries, the Saint Fons 12 Hour race is finally here. Later this evening I'll head to the race ready to get started at 10pm....

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Fitness and Freshness

I didn't run yesterday and I didn't run this morning, either. I won't run tomorrow and I won't run on Saturday morning for the first time all year, too. Why? Because it's taper week and I am counting down the final hours now until the Saint Fons 12 Hour. The idea...

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Tech Stack for Saint Fons

I'm not taking a lot of technology along for the ride at the Saint Fons 12 Hour race. Unlike the 100km de la Somme where I wanted to take along a smartphone to contact Cecile and let her know how the race was going at the turnaround point, the Saint Fons course is a...

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…And I’m Ready

Back at the end of January I wrote in my monthly review: All of this mileage means I am starting 2017 in good shape. Assuming I can get another 400km or so out of February and the same out of March, I’ll be approaching the Saint Fons 12 Hour race with about 1500km in...

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100th Day of the Year

It's the 100th day of the year today and I've just completed my 109th run. With only a couple of days to go now until the Saint Fons 12 Hour race I'm deep into taper mode so this morning's run was nothing particularly long or difficult. I wanted about an hour in on my...

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

There's only a couple more runs before I stop the preparation for the Saint Fons 12 Hour race this coming Saturday. A week from now I should be closing out the race and hopefully hitting the sorts of goals that I have set myself (more on those goals a little later in...

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Once Around the Park

One of the last taper runs this morning and I decided to go 'old school' and take my run to the Parc de la Tete D'Or. Generally I avoid the running circuit around the edge of the park because when the weather is particularly nice as it has been recently it is usually...

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Nutrition – April: Week One

Another week of tracking my daily nutrition is complete, though this time I have decided to feedback the daily intake in a slightly different manner. Unlike last month (see here, here, here, and here) where I reported weekly and included screenshots of all the of the...

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Two Bridges

A short run before work this morning, just enough to shake out the sleep, put another couple of kilometers on the board, and not get hurt in these last few runs before the taper ends and the mental preparation begins. I decided that I should put in about 10 kilometers...

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Up, Under, and Along

One of the byproducts of losing weight is that your clothes don't tend to fit as well anymore. I have three or four pairs of jeans, for example, and only one is coming close to fitting me right now. The others, including one pair I took on the recent trip to...

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20kg and 1500km Later

I like the data that I gather about each of the runs that I do. A review after I get home, a blog post about every training session, and a daily track of what I eat? This stuff is fun for me and I think it helps me to train better, smarter, and more effectively. As a...

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Running Schipol

After a great couple of days at the DMWF conference in Amsterdam I was ready to return to Lyon, to Cecile, and to CoSMo and return to normal life. The conference was hosted in the city center and it was only a quick train ride out to the airport for my flight but, due...

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