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Reading John

I like to set myself small challenges to complete every once in a while and I've just completed one that, while small, was still rewarding to get through. Having been in the habit of reading something each day as part of my morning routine, I decided to find something...

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Brasserie Georges

Tonight Cécile and I are heading to dinner with my buddy Rich and his wife Maureen who are visiting Lyon from San Jose, California. I really like Rich and enjoy chatting with him about work and, well, most things - great guy and I'm looking forward to the dinner. When...

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Eating Like an Astronaut

I'm up early again this morning but not because of an alarm. It seems I am just used to getting out of bed early, even on a Sunday, and that this habit is especially difficult to break when the sun is rising so early, too. The fact that it is not even summer yet makes...

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Goals for the Sri Chinmoy 50K

I woke up this morning after a good night's sleep ready to head into the office. Yes, I know it's Saturday but I have a big project on that is taking up a lot of time and I knew a long time ago that I would be working this weekend and also the Saturday coming, too....

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Challenge Contre La Faim

Today's run is a little different in that it is somewhere between a training run and a race. Well, when I say "somewhere between" it is certainly closer to a training run on that spectrum but at the same time it is an organized event with numbers, tracking chips,...

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100 Days Out

Today is another milestone in the 2017 season for me as I am 100 days out from the big race of the year, the Ultratour du Leman. I a little over three months I'll be making my way up to Villeneuve, Switzerland and lining up for a 175 kilometer run around the Lac...

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Global Running Day

OK, I admit it: I am getting close to burnt out with work right now. It's not just the amount of work i have to do because, let's face it, I would rather be busy than bored in the office. It's also managing the time difference with the team in the US that is getting a...

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Destination: Marseille

So Sunday afternoon we were having lunch and Jamie asked if we would be going to the Tour de France this year. I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to and, certainly compared to last year, the race wasn't passing quite so close to Lyon. Where last year we caught...

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Split Session

The training plan called for 20 kilometers of easy running today but, as I sat down to figure things out last night, I realized there were a couple of constraints on me for Monday. For one thing, I had a full day at work to get through and an important meeting at the...

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Miles Before Moussaka

After what has been a pretty disappointing week training wise - only one run and that aborted after only about half an hour with leg pain - I was looking forward to heading out this morning to test the legs and see if the pain which had arrived so suddenly on Monday...

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Wandering Through Bookstores

It's a rainy afternoon here in Lyon and I've just returned home from a pleasant couple of hours wandering through the bookstores within a short walk of our apartment. I didn't buy anything and, save for the odd book I've bought for Jamie, I've rarely bought anything...

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Towards the Tour de France

I'm obviously a fan of running and I do enjoy watching running movies, running films, and running videos. But when it comes to spending a bunch of time in front of the TV watching live sports, there's something about running in general and ultrarunning in particular...

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7 Year Anniversary

Today is a nice day to celebrate for me personally each year: my sobriety date. For the last seven years I have been sober and I'm a better person for it. It hasn't always been easy and living in a culture where alcohol is such an important part of the daily life has...

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#StartupLife

Working in a startup means never really having the same day twice in a row - sometimes even the same day twice, period. It's a dynamic environment, constantly challenging, but with opportunities for creativity around every corner and lots of rewarding experience if...

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Heatwave

As I spent the weekend in London I didn't suffer the full extent of the heatwave that has swept through France the last couple of days. After what was described as the hottest May long weekend in more than a 100 years, the hot weather has continued making sleeping...

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Not to Plan

Today is one of those days where I have a real feeling of a fresh start. I'm back from a week of not running, I'm ready to pour myself into a couple of very highly-stressful but ultimately highly-rewarding weeks of work, I am getting stuck into a new training block,...

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UTL Training Plan: June

I have approximately three months of training and then a couple of additional weeks of tapering before my 'big dance' of the 2017 season at the Ultratour du Leman, or UTL, in September. After building a strong base and getting in a good number of miles, hills, and...

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Surprise Trip to London

I'm waking up this morning...in London! After a big month of running and at the tail end of the recovery week without a lot of athletic commitments - and before a final big push in a heavy month of work in the office - I decided to surprise my Mum with a visit to see...

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