The Mount Everest Climbing Challenge

The Mount Everest Climbing Challenge

Every month Strava hosts a challenge for runners to see how high they can climb. Usually the target to complete the challenge amounts to 2000 meters or so, especially early in the season when the trails and hills are likely snow bound, in the northern hemisphere at...
At The End of the Day

At The End of the Day

Another long and, yes, stressful day in the office today with a bunch of meetings, writing, and decisions to be made. Luckily, I didn’t have to start the day too early this morning and instead of trying to fit in a lunchtime run as I did yesterday, I took advantage of...
Workday Ups and Downs

Workday Ups and Downs

It’s a week of tapering in terms of distance but not entirely in terms of hill climbing. The goal, as it was last week, is to continue to hit 200 meters of elevation gain each day via the runs I am fitting in around childcare, family life, and an increasingly...
A May Morning Mountain

A May Morning Mountain

It’s another public holiday here in France – don’t you just love the month of May? – and so I got to sleep in a little before heading out for a morning run in the hills nearby. This morning I decided to eschew the steep and short gradients on...
Election Day

Election Day

It’s election day here in France and the country is making their final choice for president. In one corner there is a the neoliberal wunderkind Emmanuel Macron who has come out of pretty much nowhere to find himself in the final round of the presidential race....
Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk

This afternoon’s run had two goals: get my 200 meters of climbing in, and collect the specific milk that Cécile had requested from the supermarket on the way home. The complicating factor for both? It was raining, and heavily. The sunshine of the last couple of...