EMBRACE! Portugal Running.

EMBRACE! Portugal Running.

I’m out in Portugal on another Embrace Sports running holiday. I’ve been out here twice before, but never managed to really write about it beyond the odd mention in summary posts. Let’s see if I can do the holiday a bit of justice. Liz and I flew out yesterday (Saturday) after a pretty over crowded train journey to Manchester airport. Why can’t Virgin trains get their act together so getting to the airport with luggage isn’t a complete nightmare? The…

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I’d never run a 5 mile race

I’d never run a 5 mile race

and I still haven’t…! But before that, the first “race” since my last update: Just a Hillsborough Parkrun, but it was on the Sheffield Running Club championship calendar, so counts for their competition. Annoyingly I’d succumbed to the lurg at the back end of January, which included a couple of days struck down on the sofa. Although I’d resurfaced from that mostly, it appeared that I caught another cold! ūüôĀ This meant that instead of getting a good chance to…

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Run every day?

Run every day?

Running legend Ron Hill ran every day for over 52 years.  That’s 19,032 days of running.  Holy crap! I’ve never really got on with the idea of streak running. It always felt like it would be that little too much.  The tightness of my calves and achilles complain enough when my marathon training is picking up properly halfway through training plans.  However, December changed this. Looking at my Strava totals towards the end of last year, I realised that I…

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Yorkshire Cross Country Championships 2019

Yorkshire Cross Country Championships 2019

(picture from http://woodentops.org.uk/. Original can be seen here) My first race of the year for Sheffield Running Club was up at Ripon at Lightwater Valley Park which makes an interesting venue for a race! Setting off at 9:30ish, we got there just before 11 and with the Mens race not starting till after 2pm, we had quite a bit of time to kill! The course was on a field entirely inside the tracks of “The Ultimate” the big roller coaster, with…

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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

I’ve been really bad at doing any updates here, with the exception of the splurge while I was out at Fontainebleau. I’m not really sure why the blogging died off, as I was enjoying, it, but I suspect it’s just a factor of being so much more busy recently. In the last year, I’ve gone 3 days a week in my desk job, and then filling in the rest of the time doing Sports Massage (under Rock Run Relax) and…

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A mid climbing holiday run!

A mid climbing holiday run!

I’ve mentioned Le Circuits Des 25 Bosses a couple of times in my blog now, so I thought it might make sense to give you all a better sense of wha it was like.¬† ¬†When we went out and ran it on our rest day¬†during our climbing holiday, Andy took his GoPro and took rather a lot of footage.¬† He threw this video together with lots of interesting clips of us running it. It’s a bit long at nearly 27…

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Fontainebleau 2018 – Day 7

Fontainebleau 2018 – Day 7

As Friday was our last day climbing before we had to go home, we decided to try and get out a little earlier than usual to maximise the climbing. We were original considering heading to l’√Čl√©phant as that is a favourite of quite a few of us, but changed our minds as the easier circuit is set away from the main area meaning we’d be all separated.¬† Instead, we decided to head to Rocher Guichot which suited me fine.¬† I’ve…

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Fontainebleau 2018 – Day 6

Fontainebleau 2018 – Day 6

Back to the climbing!¬† After our ‘recovery day’ which left quite a few of us feeling quite tired, we decided on going to Cul de Chien.¬† This tends to be one of the sites we go to when the weather doesn’t look quite as good as it’s basically a big sand pit with decent exposure to the wind. After the 20 minute or so walk in, we found the central area and walked pretty much straight into Lolly and Jim.¬†…

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Fontainebleau 2018 – Day 5

Fontainebleau 2018 – Day 5

Ah the rest day.¬† Do you remember what happened last year?¬† ¬†Well, Martin, Andy and Liz really fancied checking out the Circuit des 25 Bosses after my stories from last time, so that become the aim for the day. Something went a bit wrong in the planning though.¬† I’d done it before and so I was expecting it to take is 3-4 hours for the 14km.¬† Everyone else though was just looking at the distance and thinking it would be…

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