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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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The São Silvestre… Part 2!

The São Silvestre… Part 2!

First of all, we hope that you have had a fantastic Christmas/holiday so far, and that you will have an amazing New Year! Christmas here in São Paulo for us has been reasonably quiet. Both of us working and training though we stayed at Natalia’s brother’s house with his wife and daughter, and Natalia’s father […]

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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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Back to the races

Back to the races

Finished! Finally back running properly since the injury a couple of months ago. Been at the gym of course, running on the treadmill as well as doing weights, and also been pulling tyres around in the country, though took part in a competitive race this weekend for the first time in a couple of months. […]

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Big time improvement in Porto Alegre

Big time improvement in Porto Alegre

So over to Porto Alegre this weekend for my third half marathon. My body was aching a little after having only gone back into training in the preceding week; time in Fortaleza and two weeks of compulsory driving theory lessons did not help. So I wasn’t feeling too confident – I just wanted to beat […]

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Another half marathon – this time, Porto Alegre

Another half marathon – this time, Porto Alegre

In Porto Alegre, down in the south of Brazil, for the Asics Golden Four half marathon here. Never been to this city before in the seven years I have been in Brazil. It seems okay. There is a nice river side with the mouth going into the sea, and the run tomorrow will go along […]

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