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The Cross Training Commute

As the weather cleared up in the last couple of days I have had the chance to add a little bit of cross-training to my daily commute. While I have previously enjoyed running in to work or home from work - indeed, I did a nice 17km run home from the office earlier in...

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The Oldest Bridge in Lyon

It's the oldest bridge still standing in Lyon...well, almost in Lyon. It actually spans the river Saone at the Isle Barbe and was constructed in 1827. Now, nearly 200 years later, it still stands as a testament to French engineering and a useful place for a runner...

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MAF Run

I listen to a lot of podcasts when I run, when I am working, and when I am just going about my daily chores. Of course, a lot of these are running and endurance sports podcasts, along with the regular news, current affairs, and general interest shows I enjoy each...

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Review: Road to Sparta, by Dean Karnazes

I'm a reader, always have been. And, no surprise, I enjoy reading about running in general and ultrarunning in particular. So, with a week of vacation last week, I found some time to dive into a couple of books on the Kindle including Dean Karnazes' latest effort, The...

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The Ninkasi Stairs

Usually I run twice on a Wednesday - first alone in the morning, and second with the Lyon Running Crew in the evening. Tonight, however, I have a late meeting at work and I won't be able to make the LRC group run and, while I could always run home, I know this...

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Long Lines

I'm doing a double today but not of the regular Wednesday sort. There's no Lyon Running Crew run for me this evening as I have meetings that are going to run late. Instead, I will be adding a lunchtime session which is going to be short, sharp, and difficult - and,...

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Nutrition: March – Week 1

All last month I tracked my core exercises and found it a very useful way to ensure I stayed on track and completed the exercises each day. The knowledge that I would be reporting the results and the progress each week spurred me on to make the good choice (completing...

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Slick Cobblestones

After running home from work yesterday I decided to run in this morning. The shower at the office coupled with a relatively quiet environment in which to work until about 9am means getting up, getting going, and arriving at the office at 7:00am means I can be ready to...

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Before the Flood

The stormy weather that disrupted the last hour of the 50K on Saturday and that saw me leaving home in the rain yesterday remains. Indeed, according to news reports, things are getting very blowy indeed: Weather warnings are in place for large swathes of France as...

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Recovery in the Rain

In 2016 less than 90,000 runners completed an ultramarathon in the US and Canada. That sounds like a lot until you consider that more than 50,000 people finished the New York City Marathon and 40,000 finished the Chicago Marathon. In those two events, then, there were...

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The 50K Pace Test

In the month of March I have two key weeks for training: the first and current week, and the third week. The third week is key because it involves a long run on a Saturday backed up by another good run on the Sunday, both of which will be on parts of the Ultratour du...

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Running the D-Line

So I have run the A-line and I've run the C-line. Next up? The D-line. Unlike the C-line I ran yesterday, the D-line is long. In fact, it is Lyon's longest metro line at a little more than 12 kilometers between the Gare de Vénissieux and the Gare de Vaise. It's also...

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Running the C-Line

About three weeks ago I started the day by running the Lyon metro A-line. Looking for a fun morning run this morning, I decided to repeat that feat but on the C-line. Yes, it is shorter, indeed the shortest metro line in the city at only five stations long. However,...

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Lyon Running Crew #245

It's Wednesday evening so that means it's the regular Lyon Running Crew group run. It's supposed to be about 10 kilometers of group running at about 6:00 pace, though it always ends up being 'about' both of those things rather than exactly on target. When considering...

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Review: Diamond to the Rough

I'm a fan of great running videos and, as I mentioned the other day, I like to check these out in the lead up to a big run or a race to get my mind in the right place. I've got a few favorites, for sure, but I also like looking for new and interesting ultramarathon...

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March Madness

It's the first day of March and I decided to start things off with some hills...because why not, right? I was up and at 'em early but didn't leave the house until close to 6:00am. I'm in no rush this week as Jamie and I are both on vacation and Cécile is starting work...

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Review: This Is Your Day

I enjoy watching movies about ultrarunning. They are inspiring, they keep me motivated, and before I do an ultra run or race putting one of these movies on and getting my mind in the right sort of space to perform is part of my routine. I guess I have...

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200 Days to Go

So today is another milestone in the 2017 season. No, not an ultra run or a race or distance milestone - something much more simple. Today marks 200 days before I toe the start line at the big target of the season, the Ultratour du Leman in Switzerland. While 200 days...

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