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Heatwave

As I spent the weekend in London I didn't suffer the full extent of the heatwave that has swept through France the last couple of days. After what was described as the hottest May long weekend in more than a 100 years, the hot weather has continued making sleeping...

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Not to Plan

Today is one of those days where I have a real feeling of a fresh start. I'm back from a week of not running, I'm ready to pour myself into a couple of very highly-stressful but ultimately highly-rewarding weeks of work, I am getting stuck into a new training block,...

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UTL Training Plan: June

I have approximately three months of training and then a couple of additional weeks of tapering before my 'big dance' of the 2017 season at the Ultratour du Leman, or UTL, in September. After building a strong base and getting in a good number of miles, hills, and...

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Surprise Trip to London

I'm waking up this morning...in London! After a big month of running and at the tail end of the recovery week without a lot of athletic commitments - and before a final big push in a heavy month of work in the office - I decided to surprise my Mum with a visit to see...

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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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