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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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Confluence and a Couple of Rivers

I slept in this morning having decided to get my run in at lunch time instead. All up, I think I appreciated the extra hour in bed as my run today was super smooth, felt easy, and didn't stress me at all. Maybe I have to look into this 'sleep' thing... I started out...

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Brought to You by the Letter C

From time to time I've made my morning runs a little more interesting by adding a bit of fun. For example, I ran a 'zipper route' in San Francisco I've run the A line, C line, and D line in Lyon I've run a route to hit famous statues of lions in Lyon For this...

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Pentes and Ponts

Another week gets underway and I started with an easy run halfway up the Pentes and around the Rhone. Nothing too stressful though I did feel a little niggle in my right hip which is a little bit of a worry. It's been there for the last couple of runs and it is not...

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Gatlin, Trump, and Ultrarunning

This morning's run was enjoyable. I headed east through the city, past Part Dieu, into Villeurbanne where - as the trace on the map below suggests - I got a little turned around near the autoroute and had to find my way back to the path I was aiming for. I eventually...

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The Bridges of the Saone

The plan this morning was to get in about ten or so kilometers before returning home to collect Jamie and head out for a short run with him. In his mind he is 'training' for the Run in Lyon kids race of about 800 meters. The training seems to involve running short...

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5 Things I Like About My Langster

I've been riding my Specialized Langster into work and back all week and I am just in love with the ride. It's so much fun to ride a track bike in the city and it's an easy way to travel 50km under my own steam without feeling like it is a pain. Being a rest day from...

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Bellecour and Bridges

A short one this morning but, in truth, I wasn't going to run at all so a little is better than nothing. I had had little sleep in the summertime heat and some mild indigestion making for a consistently disturbed night. I considered putting off the run altogether...

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Comparing Commutes

I've been taking the track bike on the morning and evening commutes to and from work this week and it's been great fun. I love how responsive the bike is, how fast I can dial it up, and how I can just concentrate on steering through the traffic instead of thinking...

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Two Fourviere Loops

So yesterday I ran a slight uphill in the morning and then added a flat-as-a-tack riverside session at lunch. Two not-so-vertical runs in a row inspired me to make things a little more difficult this morning and so while Cécile binged on The Gilmore Girls last night I...

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Hey, Dad!

I mentioned in my post about this morning's run that I was thinking about running a second time at lunch. It wasn't the idea of adding a second run to the day that had me reflecting. What I wasn't too sure about was the weather which was meant to top out at 36°C...

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A Little Bit Up, Then Down Again

I'm back at work again this morning after a couple of weeks off. The break has been nice but I am itching to get back into things and, as well, make the last month and a half of training before the Ultratour du Leman count. Wanting to revert to my regular morning...

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Throat of the Wolf

After hurting my back earlier in the week and giving it a couple of days to feel better, I set out this clear Sunday morning to test out the running legs and see if the now 'sorta better' back would hold up. Good news up front: I felt fine, and the back didn't hurt at...

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Fixed Gear

I used to ride bikes instead of run, and I loved it. Whether competitively in Australia or more for pleasure and exercise here in France, I've always enjoyed testing myself on a bike in terms of distance, over hills, up mountains, or just negotiating the traffic in...

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50 Days Out

So I'm 50 days out from the Ultratour du Leman. I'd be lying if I claimed I was exactly where I wanted to be right now. I am behind on training for a variety of reasons - family, vacation, illness, injury, and work - but I haven't lost my fitness. When I have been...

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Review: The Jungle Bunch

Another day, another vacation film with Jamie. Today we saw The Jungle Bunch movie and it wasn't too bad. It's a typical good versus evil film with a touch of family values and a slightly psychopathic koala thrown in for kicks. Jamie enjoyed it and I have to say it...

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