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Training Block Two

With the first ultra distance run out of the way for the year, it's time to reflect on what I achieved and whether I hit the targets I had set for myself. On Friday I wrote about the four goals that I wanted to hit in the Saturday run. Looking them over now, I feel...

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Town and Tube

The first ultra length run of the year is in the books. It was a long day - the longest day running in terms of both time and distance for me - but a satisfying one in the end. The loops weren't always easy and of course my feet hurt, but no one expects to run...

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Countdown: Town and Tube

So this time tomorrow morning I'll be running the first loop of the sixteen loops of the Town and Tube fat ass ultra. If all goes to plan then I'll stop running a little less than 16 hours later with one hundred kilometers banked and the first ultra run of the year...

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NSNG and Ultrarunning

Since returning from Christmas in Picardie and beginning this current block of training leading up to the Town and Tube in just two days time I have been sticking to a strict No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet. After a couple of rough days and a week or more of running...

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Planning and Planks

In these last three days before the Town and Tube 100K Fat Ass I'm taking some time off my feet and getting myself prepared for the first ultra run of the year. It makes a change not to be out and running at 5am after fifty consecutive days of running since returning...

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Core Exercises: Week 2

The second week of daily core exercises is complete and I am still meeting my daily goals. You'll recall - or you might if you caught the blog post a week ago - that I have set myself the target of being able to complete 200 crunches and four 1-minute planks by the...

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50 Days

This is taper week ahead of the Town and Tube but, even in taper week, I'm still getting out every day. In fact, today marks the fiftieth consecutive day I've got out and run - I haven't missed a day since starting this training block after Christmas. I've been...

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Tapering

So this is taper week with a twist. I have a big run coming up this Saturday so I want to make sure I am ready and raring to go. This means tapering in the days before and, indeed, I've been doing this for the last week already. After running my last high volume week...

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Not What I Needed

On Saturday - just six days from now - I am running the first ultra Fat Ass of my year. I'll be spending the day putting 100 kilometers on the board and seeing how my No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet holds up over the course of a day on my feet. I'm looking forward to...

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Track Work

A longer run this morning but still relaxed - and also a bit different. I decided this morning to head out to INSA, a university in Villeurbanne, and run their track there. I have seen the track a few ties when visiting the campus for various things and always meant...

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Running the A-Line

This has been a week of recovery after last week's 100 mile total and ahead of next week's likely massive total, too. The shorter runs have been good fun and I've done familiar loops, revisited places I haven't run in a while, and even thrown in a couple of hills,...

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Up and Down

Up and at 'em and feeling good this morning. Yesterday's double didn't really seem to have much of an effect on my legs. The first kilometer heading out along the Saone and heading to Vaise saw my legs feeling a little tight, but I loosened up fast. The street...

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Lyon Running Crew #242

These Wednesday night runs with the Lyon Running Crew are usually pretty relaxed affairs - and they are meant to be. It's about 10 kilometers run at about 6:00 pace, usually with a zone defi thrown in where people lift the tempo for a short time before regrouping. I...

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Foxymophandlemama

Sometimes a song gets stuck in your head, and sometimes it's just the title. In my case, it was the latter this morning. Hey, Foxymophandlemama, That's Me. Not the longest title in the Pearl Jam catalogue - that one goes to Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small...

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Core Exercises: Week 1

At the end of January I set myself a couple of goals in my training for the month to come. Not being one to jump into a whole lot of different things all at once, I focused on continuing the good work I was already doing and adding in some additional exercises to...

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Urban Loop

It's been a while since I ran through the city of Lyon without the Lyon Running Crew. I must admit that most of the time that I run in the city the constant stopping for traffic drives me a bit crazy, and it does nothing for my pacing as I sprint away from lights to...

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Take It Easy

I ran a big training week last week, and I know I'll have another big week when this one is done. As a result, this week is all about taking it easy. This morning's run was the first of the new week and all I wanted to do was get out, spend about an hour running, and...

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Lady Madonna

Cécile is off visiting her parents and Jamie is spending the week with his Mum and so I have the rare opportunity to take a long run without the pressures of needing to be back by a certain time, or much responsibility after I'm done other than couching and watching...

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