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I ask the question in the title because, on my end, I was really unsure what to expect out of this edition. As I wrote in

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Boston Boston Marathon

This is Boston weekend and I'm typing this blog from Boston indeed but it's a race report for a race I ran yesterday, go figure! The best advice before running a marathon or ultra marathon is to pace the week before, if not for 2 weeks for an ultra. I used to follow that wisdom 20 years ago when I ran my first marathons but, after 25 marathons and 162 ultras, I seem to have forgotten about it. Or disobeying. Or losing my mind and not behaving... ;-)

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100k Championships usatf

Last stop of our first week in French Polynesia: 4 days on the island of Moorea (also spelled Mo'orea in Tahitian). We flew there from Huahine (~30 minutes, see

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Running in Oceania

Second stop of our trip to the French Polynesia: Huahine, another pearl, one of the most authentic islands. 30 minutes from Tahiti by plane, and you can see the famous Bora Bora island far away.

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Running in Oceania

Hi from Tahiti, the first island we visited this week out of the 118 which form the French Polynesia. Volcanic formations scattered over 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers)!

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Running in Oceania

Wow, I can't believe it has been 8 months since I ran to the top of Black Mountain. July 28 was the last time, that's from my running log (I don't have that powerful detailed memory...). It wasn't the last time I ran some hills but almost. Only two hill runs since then: the following one was the tough

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training

As we often say about ultra running: this is a big experiment of... one! There are so many parameters involved when running distances beyond the marathon, it's impossible to set rules working for everyone or every occasion. Even if you've raced more than 100 ultra marathons, you still learn every time as the stars never align the same way.

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training

I have to confess, I do have a problem, I seem to have found the elixir against aging! No kidding, these 5-year deep age groups within USATF competitions keep me on my toes! Every 5 years, you have the opportunity to be the youngest again, and dream like a youngster. Again!

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50k Championships Records usatf

A new country, a new capital, a new post in my "Running in..." series, new trails, new experiences, all this on my feet, that's a lot to be grateful for!

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Running in Asia

Jackpot is quite an ultra running festival! Happening in Henderson, Nevada, in the suburb of Las Vegas, aka Sin City, it has events covering the whole running sport: a few timed events (48-hour, 24-hour, 6-hour) a few ultras (100-mile, 50-mile), a marathon and even a 5K! The event is put by Ken and Stephanie who are passionate about celebrating life by giving back to the running community, which they do with such a generous heart. Offering a challenge to everyone, the tag line on the event tee is "

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100m Championships usatf

If you can tell from the unusual irregular frequency of my posts, I've been busy, and bothered by this nagging injury since the Turkey Trot 10K last November. I imagine many of you wonder how serious this injury is since I was able to pull 41.5 miles at One Day in Auburn's 6-hour in January and a 3:04 marathon in Redding, that's the issue with injuries which are not visible. And after spending $800 to rule out a blood clot in my calf a few weeks ago, I'm not going to spend more to investigate what's wrong deep in my gluteus (aka butt...).

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It's a long title for a story which took even longer for me to recount: I started this blog on a flight on Monday, hoping for a next day race report, but here we are, a week later...

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One month without blogging, you bet something went wrong in December, thanks for checking! ;-) I was way too busy to blog or brag about it anyway. Besides, I didn't exactly know what was going on in the first place.

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6-hour

I'm 2 weeks in my yearly running break and I can't believe the time freed up by not running (I spend an average of 8 hours/week throughout the year) is all consumed by working harder, spending even more time on my volunteering

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usatf

Disclaimer: this post is an open letter aimed at the current and potential participants of our Pacific Association MUT Grand Prix. But everyone is welcome to read to understand what this competition is about, although I then recommend reading my 2016 post about the 

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usatf

What a bizarre title, which runner would complain of being 2 minutes too fast... Well, read on!

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100k Running in Asia

While most of you are working your first job, this week is all about my second job for me. Well, not spending the whole week running as a matter of fact, because it already took me 2 days to get here in Xianning, and I'll spend Sunday flying back to California.

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100k Running in Asia

Not, it's not a typo, I really mean the plural of riverfront. Well, it's trivial that every river has two fronts or they would be lake or sea ocean... And Nashville isn't the only city to have built a running and bike path on each side of their crossing river. I can think of Austin for instance (although I highlighted

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Running in America

So long for tapering, I can't resist trying out trails when visiting new places, and what a trail Stones Ridge Greenway is, near the BNA airport, so close to Nashville! A great opportunity to log a few miles away from any car traffic on this 10-mile long paved bike and pedestrian path.

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Running in America

Time flies, it has been 13 years since my last trip to Singapore! I had visited our ILOG subsidiary a handful of times between 1991 and 2005, but not since we got acquired by IBM in 2008. Back then, I wasn't running as much as today anyway so was glad to either escape the heat and humidity by staying on the treadmill, or just do a few miles in the Botanic Gardens.

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Running in Asia

Here you are, as some of you must have wondered what I was preparing for with the high volume training right after my TDS race, announcing my next big goal... Typically, I end the season with a few 10Ks such as

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training

As I often say, what I like the most in running is, well, the running part, meaning the speed. Not the shuffling, walking, hiking which I got reduced to in my recent races in the Alps this Summer...

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It's labor day in the US (as opposed to May first here in France) and, by working, I'm talking about my second job, running!

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Finally getting a break to write this race report, while sitting on a TGV for Paris. It's Saturday afternoon, 3 days have passed since the TDS race, Xavier Thevenard just won his second UTMB, taking an amazing revenge on the mishap at Hard Rock a few weeks ago where he was going to win with a comfortable margin but got disqualified for meeting his crew 2 miles after an aid station. What an amazing way to save his season by benefiting from a debacle across the other favorites.

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utmb

I should be sleeping so a short one before I disappear in the treacherous Alps in 10 hours. According to the picture from the title sponsor, Columbia, at the bib pick-up, I am...

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utmb

Oh my, another week to live by my globe trotter reputation... A week ago I was in London, then Paris last week, flew back home in Silicon Valley for just 2 days home and here I am again, in France, after a connection through Frankfurt and Geneva. Not anywhere in France but Chamonix for the pilgrimage to the Mecca of mountain and ultra trail running! While pious Muslims flocked to Saudi Arabia this past week, trailers as we call ultra and trail runners here in France, aspire to attend the UTMB week which starts this Monday. More than 8,000 runners across 7 major races ranging from 40 to 300 kilometers (25 to 186 miles).

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Running in Europe utmb

To the risk of offending Her Majesty and the Royal Family, there is certainly a valid comparison between these green urban areas: similar size (615 acres for these two adjacent parks of London versus 840 for the New Yorker one), a piece of water each, grass areas, majestic trees, immersed in busy megalopolis and, not the least, both offering great opportunities to run a few miles safely, away from car traffic.

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Running in Europe

No, not Cliff Bars, my energy brand is GU (

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50k Skyline 50K

What a great mission to save the San Francisco Bay (

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Sustainable running Volunteering

Oh no, I didn't run 16,733 miles during my last vacation, that would have been really exhausting! ;-)

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I already posted about my favorite long run when I visit Paris, starting from Stade Charléty in the 13th arrondissement, getting on La Coulée Verte along the French bullet train, the TGV, down to Saclay Bourg, and back. Right on 50K with almost no car traffic once you left Paris, priceless in such an urban area otherwise.

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Running in Europe

90 kilometers per the race name, or even 91.5 km according to the organizers, just over 2 marathons, how hard that can be? Even with 6,200 meters of cumulated elevation, or 20,300 feet, these are just numbers. No, really, the only real indication of toughness and difficulty was that the course consisted of trails over Chamonix-Mont-Blanc! Then you know it's going to be technical. Moreover when you realize this is Killian's playground...

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Chamonix Running in Europe

Krakow, Poland, is a great city to visit by foot, but almost too small to make a run really worth. As soon as I crossed the river on my way from the airport to downtown, I was drawn by the imposing Vistula River and biking lane on both banks.

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Running in Europe

Another belated post, 3 weeks have passed since this event occurred, time flies when you work hard while traveling around the world... even a few days of time off in Poland with the family didn't help! But, as the saying goes, better late than never, and for my own records at a minimum.

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Global Running Day National Running Day

A whole week passed since San Francisco One Day, it's about time I'm getting over it... As a matter of fact, I wrote this sentence and most of the report last weekend, but didn't finish it before flying to Paris then Krakow, so now this makes 2 weeks...

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24-hour PCTR

Nope, not another of these extraordinary and destructive meteorological events, it's just the word which came to mind when I thought of my short and unplanned stay here. Yet, with 68 miles (110K) over 4 days, I was able to squeeze in some good running. And, to keep up with the weather theme, in spite of the high temperatures and humidity. At least I was able to avoid the storms and pouring rain which brought some temperature relief in the evenings. And much appreciated rain to clean the streets and side walks (I always wonder how many dogs live in Paris...).

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Running in Europe training

A week has passed and I wasn't able to find or make time in my tumultuous life for this race report... This is the tough part with racing on a Sunday, it doesn't leave much time for a same-day report before the start of the work week. Besides, my godfather died on Wednesday so I jumped on a plane on Thursday and here am I, in Paris, for an unexpected visit to my parents!

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50k Ohlone

I know my race reports tend to be on the long side, what about the Race Director's one on Facebook at the end of a very long day:

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100k Quicksilver Quicksilver Running Team

Let’s get the record straight: being on a keto diet, I did NOT want that prize which one of the sponsors,

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100k Miwok

Only 5K this time and around the beautiful Stow lake in the heart of San Francisco's Golden Park, compared to all my ultra races, that looks like a walk in the park, right? Well, racing 5K at full speed, that is under 6 min/mile is no joke, or no walk.

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5k usatf

I started ultra running about the time Stan Jensen switched from ultra running to ultra volunteering. He is such a example of giving back to the community, so inspiring how he gives up his time and money to support our sport. So, by the other side in the title, I don't mean the dramatic expression of the end of life, but the need our sport to have people on each side, runners on one, and volunteers on the other. And the importance to play on both sides to make our sport sustainable.

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usatf Volunteering

This blog post had to soak in, literally... I wrote most of it on my fight back from Boston on Wednesday night, but had to do some additional editing and research on line this Saturday, after another busy work week.

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Boston Marathon Marathon