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 way to pass an hour or so at a reasonable 6:00 pace with friendly people.

From the number of people who confirmed they would be there on the Facebook page before the event, I expected a small crowd. Only six people had signed on to be there and – between the vacation time for students and the post-Christmas and pre-New Year celebrating, I wasn’t expecting more than a dozen people to be there and, indeed, only nine runners arrived.

In charge tonight was Nicolas and he had us start off with a short loop through the Old City, then descend down to the Confluence Museum where the first challenge of the night was set. Sometimes the Lyon Running Crew runs stop for abdominal exercises and planks mid-way through the run, but Nicolas had a different idea. Instead of all at once, he spaced out the exercises throughout the second half of the ten kilometers we would run so in the end we had completed:

  • 20 pushups
  • Another 20 pushups
  • 15 seconds of planking
  • Another 15 seconds of planking
  • Another 20 pushups
  • 10 squat jumps onto concrete blocks
  • 15 vertical leaps to the height of a volleyball net

I found it far more interesting and fun than the ‘all in one go’ version we normally do and I hope it is something that will be repeated.

We finished off with a final kilometer that snaked through the Rue Victor Hugo, crossed the Place Bellecour, and then closed things out back at the Place des Celestins. It was a slow run on tired legs but enjoyable considering it brought up the 76K mark for me in just two days.

Distance: 10.3km

Elevation: 44m

Time: 1:05:15


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