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250 Days To Go

The big goal of my ultrarunning year is the Ultratour du Leman in September. It's 175 kilometers or 108 miles around the Lac Leman in Switzerland, it has a 30 hour time limit, and it is going to be the furthest that I have ever run. It's a huge challenge, it's an...

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Recon: Town and Tube

It's been a very busy week for me with work, travel, family, and not quite as much sleep as I would like. Still, it's also been a very productive week so I am not complaining, though it did leave me wondering if today should be a rest day. Cécile, indeed, asked me if...

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Thoiry 10K

Don't get lost! This is what I kept repeating to myself as I headed downstairs from the hotel to run this morning. It had been a long and productive day working with the CoSMo team yesterday and the dinner and discussion had gone long into the night. By the time I got...

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The City of Lights Before Dawn

I've got a big day of work today including some travel from one of the most confusing train stations in France, the Gare Montparnasse. With the train leaving the station before 8am and with me needing to get to the station, find my way though the rabbit warren of...

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Barbe and Back

I am heading up to Paris this evening for work and so I was into the office early - first, actually! - and worked through lunch so I could get home, get prepared, and make it to the train station on time. That I had a conference call not long before the train departed...

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Lyon Running Crew #237

It's Wednesday evening so it's time for the weekly Lyon Running Crew group run. While you can never be sure exactly where the route through the city will take you, there are sometimes some clues on the LRC Facebook page, as there was this week. According to the...

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Four Bridges

This morning's session was all about getting a nice steady run in before heading to the office. Wednesday is always a longer day for me as it starts early (5am wakeup) and ends late (Wednesday night Lyon Running Crew run ends around 9pm). It's usually a more relaxing...

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Paves de lsle Barbe

Up early this morning to get the daily run in ahead of a full day of work and family commitments. I wanted to get in an hour or maybe a little more on my feet before getting home, getting showered, getting caffeinated and getting the day started. I had a boy to get on...

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Long Way to Blandan

It was far too cold for running today. No, wait. That's not right. More precisely, it was far too cold for running in the clothes I was wearing when I went running today. With temperatures of 0°C it was literally freezing and I went out in a single layer. Sure, I had...

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My First 100 Mile Week

In France, in Australia, and in almost anywhere except the US, it seems, we live in a world of kilometers. Well, apart from the US and the sport of ultrarunning where, long out past the 100m, 200m, and even 10,000m of the running track, distances are commonly in...

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Last Run of 2016

Another year has come to a close and I won't be heading out again into the cold air to run again until tomorrow when the calendar will tell me it is officially 2017. The dream of hitting the 3000K mark for 2016 turned out to be a little too out of reach in the end....

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Icicles on the Mont D’Or

OK, I'll admit it: my legs are tired. With almost 100K banked in the last three days and with the new No Sugar, No Grain (NSNG) diet kicking in, I felt tired from the start. My legs hurt a little in the first couple of kilometers as I pushed up and along the Saone...

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The Foggy Rhone

I had run Tuesday and Wednesday morning and then again on Wednesday night so I decided to leave my Thursday run until the afternoon. I was still up early as Cécile sent me off to the market at 7:30am to buy a range of fruits and vegetables for her to juice up for her...

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Lyon Running Crew #236

After this morning's effort and the 65km or so I had managed to put on the board in the last two days, I was looking forward to the Wednesday night Lyon Running Crew (formerly the Lyon Running Club) run. It's usually not too stressful, good for recovery, and a nice...

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Learning From Yesterday

Yesterday I headed out for a long run and didn't eat anything before going. Or while I was running. Or drank anything other than water. And I bonked. Hard. I knew what it felt like to run out of fuel and I pledged to learn from that and so, this morning, I did things...

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Bonkathon

A year ago today I ran my first 50km training run. It wasn't the first time I had run that distance as I had struggled to a little more than 66km in the Ploeren 12 Hour race a few weeks before. However, it was the first time I had topped the marathon distance in...

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Holiday Ultrarunning Reading

Over the last week or so I have had the time (when traveling, in between family meals, and after Jamie is in bed) to get stuck into a few new books about ultrarunning. When I say "new" I mean new to me, of course. A couple of these have been around for quite a while...

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Nailing Down the Calendar

So as we enter the final week of 2016 I think I have nailed down my calendar for the year ahead. It's a collection of races, fat-ass runs, and one big goal. I think it should work and I am motivated to get it all done. Here's how it looks. January: Base Building This...

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