Embrace Sports 07/10/14 Hell on the hills.

Hell on the Hills

Tuesday morning meant ‘hell on the hills’. 9.6km isn’t a long run, but when you realise that all of it was either uphill or downhill then you know what a challenge that is. Fortunately, it was a bit overcast, so it wasn’t as hot as it had been on some other days. I’ve done this session before, but my last attempt at running the first hill was as part of a duathlon last year. It didn’t go well, so I was a bit nervous.

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Some of the other runners had quite a few beers the previous evening, so they weren’t feeling on top form, whereas I was feeling good, so I hoped that it would all go well for me. My first boost came when I managed to pass a few people on the downhill. I knew that I wouldn’t stay ahead of them, but it made me feel positive.

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© Coach Andy leading the way. Not bad for a V50 😉
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Dan.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Amie impressed everyone with her speed and tenacity.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Jen.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Rachel.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Ed was doing well, despite his hangover.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Keith.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Rachel.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Jan.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Holly was injured and unable to run, so she was challenged to cycle the hills.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. George had managed to shake off her Bristolian pursuer…
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. But Darren wasn’t going to give up without a fight.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Anna.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Neil.

When I was running up the first hill, I saw Kat on her way down. She is such a hugely inspirational athlete (and also a fellow Team SOS brand ambassador). On my way back towards the starting point, I could see Graeme cheering people on. He is one of the key influences who started me on this journey, so I was really happy to see him.

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© Embrace Sports, 2014. I wasn’t trying to avoid the camera – I was getting rid of my sunglasses!
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Super Kat!
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Pamela.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Bernadette.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Ruth.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Anna in pursuit of Nadine.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Sally.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Sam.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Stu did really well 🙂
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Paul.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Holly.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Jen.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Lou.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Super-speedy Gaby.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. It was really great to see Graeme fresh from Ironman Barcelona.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Marcus.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Nico.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. I think this is a great photo of Ian – he looked so focussed, every time that we passed each other.

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I completed the event in 1:01:21, so I’ve got a great target for next time – I want to finish in under an hour 🙂 My average pace was 6:26/km, so I think I should be able to do better than that!

My Garmin stats.
My Garmin stats.

After we had finished running, we headed down to Praia de Porto de Mos, the nearby beach, where we took over the cafe.

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Some of the others were interested in getting daiquiris, but Amie, Stuart and I were more interested in sampling the local pastel de nata (custard tarts).

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I ordered a fruit juice, and managed to finish off all of my nuun before the juice arrived.

In the evening, we went to Vlad’s restaurant, Atalaia. Stu and I have been here before with Embrace Sports, so we knew what to expect: huge amounts of food. I ordered the vegetarian pasta and was quite relieved that the portion size wasn’t as large as on some previous visits!

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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Caroline and Jen.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Pamela, Paul and Marcus.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Our super-smiley flat-mate, Rachel.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. Holly, Anna, Marcus and Gaby.
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© Embrace Sports, 2014. The girls loved posing for the camera!

When we got back to our apartment, I was amused to get the following notification from RunKeeper:

New PB for running 7th October

That’s what happens when you record each rep as a separate run! 🙂

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