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9 Hours and Counting

It's about nine hours now until the gun goes off and I move forward into the night in the direction of Lyon, the Halle Tony Garnier, and the finish line of the 2016 Saintelyon. I'm as ready as I'll be right now and while I don't feel quite as good as when I was...

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Dossard 1591

After work tonight I met up with Cécile and Jamie and we walked over to the Halle Tony Gernier to collect my number and the race package ahead of the Saintelyon tomorrow. All was fairly straightforward and I collected the envelope that contained all of the timing...

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C25K

After a few years of watching me leave the house alone, Cécile has caught the running bug! Having not run before, she's not progressing straight to ultras (that will come with time, I'm sure) but instead tarting with the famed Couch to 5K (C25K) program. C25K is...

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Tune Up

Tonight I ran my last training run before the Saintelyon. Well, I call it a training run but it is really just the regular Lyon Running Club run: 10 kilometers at about 6:00 pace. Nothing too hard, a pause half way through for some abdominal exercises, and stretching...

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Pacing Plan for the Saintelyon

Pacing is going to be one of the hardest parts of getting the Saintelyon right. Unlike the other ultras I have run this season, the Saintelyon is a mix between road and trails and there is a fair amount of climbing, too. The official course description splits the race...

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Highway to the Taper Zone

I'm into the last days before the Saintelyon and the countdown is definitely on. There are less than five days until I start on my night-time adventure between Saint Etienne and Lyon and while I am a little nervous about running the race, I'm convinced I will finish...

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Tune-Up 10K

After yesterday's steady effort through the mud I wanted to get another steady run in today but without getting everything all dirty. It's not that I don't like running muddy trails - far from it. However, I am now only "five sleeps" out from the Saintelyon and the...

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An Hour in the Mud

A week to go to the Saintelyon and I wanted to head out for a couple of last efforts before the last big race of the season. There's no need to push too hard, there's no need to go too long, and there's no reason to aim for much more than just keeping the legs turning...

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Nice Run, Shitty Day

It ended up being a pretty shitty day today - but the run at the end of the day was a good one. The Lyon Running Club met as usual at Celestins and there was a group of about 25 people all up. The promise from the group's Facebook post a few hours before we met was...

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Doing Dad Stuff

After a couple of days of being less-than-well and a long day in the office and getting things done at home, I finally found the time to get out and enjoy some of this fine weather we are having in Lyon. No, wait. That's not right: the weather is terrible. It's cold,...

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Tour de Gerland

I am off on a one-day business trip tomorrow so I won't have time to run in the morning or in the evening. With some packing and preparation to get through tonight, I had to fit in my daily run at lunchtime. This didn't mean it didn't have to 'count', of course,...

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The Long Way Home

I'm away on business one day this week but I still want to keep my volume up ahead of the Saintelyon - now less than three weeks away! - and with end-of-year pressures at work rising. Fitting in the longer runs, the cold weather runs, and the night running, then,...

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The Cold, The Wet, and The Ugly

It's not a pretty day in Lyon. Unlike a little earlier in the week where it was damn cold but the sun was still shining, today was all about cloudy skies, on-again and off-again rain, and near freezing temperatures. Argh - not a lot of fun. Still, I was only going to...

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Taking Scotty’s Advice

Last night - well, very early this morning, actually - I had the pleasure to connect with Scott, Aaron, and Sam from Ten Junk Miles on their latest 'Meet the Listeners' show. I spent a few minutes talking about running here in Europe, some of the ultras I had done and...

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Friday Night Lights

Today was a holiday in France and I had a great day spending time with Jamie. With Cécile off to Spain for a week, we spent the day catching a film, checking out the toy shops, having lunch at one of his favorite restaurants, playing (and for me: losing) Mario Kart,...

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Trumpalooza

I didn't predict it and - as late as Friday - I thought the best that Donald Trump could hope for was a strong popular vote and a loss by a couple of points nationally, and a shellacking in the Electoral College. When the results rolled in this morning in France I was...

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People Everyday

Safely back in Lyon and with the Saintelyon less than a month away it is time to start getting serious about night running and, yes, a little sleep deprived running, too. The latter I'll be doing on the weekend when I have rare couple of days entirely alone but the...

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Twin Peaks

I was up about an hour later than I had been waking up here in San Francisco, most likely because I had a late dinner with Diana and Tyler in the Mission District the night before. No bother, though, it just meant I would be more rushed when it came to getting...

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