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Photos: Ultra Boucle de la Sarra

The team at the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra has pulled together more than 1700 photos from the race last weekend and made them all available for free on their site. That's right: no $20 per download, $60 per pack big city marathon-style rip off here - just great shots...

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Review: Todoist

I've written a bit in the last couple of weeks about how there has been a lot going on at work. And I mean it, too. It's not like there was a time when we were ever not busy at the office or that there are lazy afternoons that I am now missing as the boss prowls the...

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Run Across Rhone?

In this recovery week where I am planning out a training schedule for the Ultratour du Leman, thinking about runs to come, and generally looking to spend my time doing something other than running, it's easy to let my mind wander and ask a few 'what if...' questions....

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Nutrition: May – Week 3

Another week of tracking my daily nutrition is complete and it was a strange one. As always, when there is an ultra to be run the amount of calories goes up (in terms of intake) and up (in terms of output), too. What makes this week's nutrition a little different is...

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Recovery Week

Over the weekend I ran in excess of 100 kilometers for the third time this year. The first time around I ran on Saturday, took a day off on Sunday, and was back into things on Monday - no sweat. The second time was a few weeks ago at Saints Fons and I finished running...

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Another Place, Another Race

With the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra now over I hadn't planned on running another ultra race until September and the Ultratour du Leman, the race that is and has been the focus for my 2017 season. However, I'm a sucker for opportunities that pop up and offer interesting...

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Ultra Boucle de la Sarra 24 Hour

My first 24 hour ultra and an experience I will never forget. Pre-Race When a race starts at 11:00pm the 'pre-race' period is pretty damn long. For me, it started at 5:30am after a good night's sleep. I usually only get about 6 to 7 hours but, for the last few days, I...

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It’s Race Day

It's race day. Well, it's technically race day. The Ultra Boucle de la Sarra is a twenty-four hour race that starts today and ends tomorrow - and when I say 'today' it's only just today as things don't kick off until 11:00pm tonight. Hence, though this is 'start of...

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Ultrarunning and The CoSMo Company

One of the great things about working at The CoSMo Company is that the management really encourage the team to keep learning. Sure, they might already be among the best and brightest that France and a dozen other countries have to offer and there are a couple of dozen...

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Number 401

So all the training runs are done, all the hill climbing is done, and all the fitness and form is as good as it is going to get. My head is moving into the right place, I'm uninjured, and I'm getting myself into a state where I can start moving at 11Pm and not stop...

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Clearing the Head

I'm only a couple of days out from the Ultra Boucle de la Sarra so there's nothing I can do now that will make me any faster, any more efficient, or any more prepared to run the stairs of the Nicholas de Lange than I already am. Well, almost nothing: I can get my head...

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Nutrition: May – Week 2

Another good week of ketogenic, No Sugar No Grain (NSNG) living and I am feeling good heading into what is going to be a mostly restful week for me. It should be noted, though, that these weeks before an ultramarathon require a bit of care on my part as my training...

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Just 321 Meters

In a lot of the training for ultrarunning books I have read - and there are a few on that list now - one of the standard pieces of advice has been to train for a race in segments or blocks. You start off by building a base, you add in some speed work or some strength...

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Running with The Jester

After listening to classic '80s club tunes on yesterdays run, I was looking forward to the latest Ten Junk Miles Long Run interview on this morning's effort. Indeed, I was especially excited to know that the interview would be with Ed Ettinghausen, an ultrarunner also...

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Ride on Time

I'm a fan of Apple Music and its revolving daily selection of playlists. Every day I get a changing platter of rock or alternative, electronic or nostalgic songs served up fresh and there is usually something pretty good in there that will keep my head nodding on the...

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The Mount Everest Climbing Challenge

Every month Strava hosts a challenge for runners to see how high they can climb. Usually the target to complete the challenge amounts to 2000 meters or so, especially early in the season when the trails and hills are likely snow bound, in the northern hemisphere at...

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