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São Silvestre and the New Year!

São Silvestre and the New Year!

To finish off 2013 Natalia and I took part in the São Silvestre. At 9am on the day of 31st December, the timing wasn’t ideal – it gets so hot so quickly here and most long distance races start at the latest 8am, but still. It’s a massive event in São Paulo and at least […]

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Busy weekends…

Busy weekends…

We’re now nicely into December and over two years of preparation have gone into this project as a whole. Time has been flying and continues to fly as we come up to our major Polar training expedition – two months on Baffin Island with the McNair family and an expedition in the Arctic Circle. At […]

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The Battle of the São Slivestre

The Battle of the São Slivestre

  On the 31st December, the annual São Silvestre 15km race is held in São Paulo city. Last year it was the first long distance race I had run for a very long time, and it was a lot of fun – a great atmosphere and it seemed like thousands of people took part. I […]

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On not giving up…

On not giving up…

The Brasilia half marathon, out of the four I have run, was probably the toughest of them all. Harder than even my first such long distance race. My time (1h50m18s) was okay by my standards and I think reasonable considering I was back from injury – I think it is in my nature to be competitive with […]

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Brasilia half marathon

Brasilia half marathon

Last Sunday I had the half marathon in Brasilia. I was looking forward to it, though slightly nervous as it was my first such race for about four months or so and of those months I had been out injured for two because of a torn calf muscle (on the right leg which still seems […]

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Running playlist

Running playlist

As I say, during the 10k race in São Paulo some time ago and for the Brasilia half marathon, I built up a playlist of songs that would help me through the race. Found a decent website (www.jog.fm), which helps you find songs to keep you going at a certain pace, so I looked for […]

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Tyre pulling on a Sunday morning…

Tyre pulling on a Sunday morning…

Finally almost fully recovered from the torn calf muscle, which is great. It was amazing how frustrating it was for pretty much seven or eight weeks not being able to do any proper exercise. It was a bit of a bad pull and not something I want to happen again, so I have been extra-careful […]

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Calf muscle tear

Calf muscle tear

It’s been a while since I have been able to write much, sorry! Been a bit busy, but also, I haven’t had too much to write about particularly because I haven’t been able to train for a while. The reason? A partial tear in my right calf muscle. Extremely annoying (not to mention painful as […]

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Casa de Pedra – 15 Years

Casa de Pedra – 15 Years

A week of celebrations! Casa de Pedra, our sponsor and partner from the beginning of this project has just celebrated 15 years of operations. They are more than just important for us, both in terms of the project as a whole, though also the whole of adventure sports in Brazil. For us and for many […]

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Cross fit and functional training

Cross fit and functional training

We have been working with Alercinho, our personal trainer, for a while now with cross fit exercises and functional training in order to boost our core strength and fitness. At the moment, in between our time at the Casa de Pedra gym, we are training with him three times a week, and it can be […]

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