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Monchique bike ride and brick run

Fridays at Embrace Sports training camps are where the week’s training culminates in the completion of a test, whether it is a PB-breaking run or a new personal record for cycling distance. On this particular day (Friday 17/10), the challenge was a 100km ride up Monchique followed by a 4km Read more…


Embrace Sports 16/10/14 Aquathlon for others; day in bed for me :-(

Church in Luz

This was the day of the aquathlon, but my cold had got worse overnight and I felt really rough. I felt torn about what to do. I didn’t want to miss out, but I didn’t want to make myself worse. In the end, I was sensible and went back to Read more…


Embrace Sports 13/10/14 – A swim in the ocean and a woodland trail run

Monday 13th October The day started early with an ocean swim. I love sea swimming, so this was a great treat. We then had a bike maintenance course over breakfast. I’ve heard Neil explain the basics of bike maintenance before and have also been on a basic bike maintenance course, Read more…


Embrace Sports 12/10/14 Ocean swim and coastal ride with TT finish

The day started with open water swimming. It was an early start, but it’s always worth it to see the sunrise over the sea. We got ready at the top of the cliff overlooking the beach. When we’d all got our wetsuits on, it was time to head down the Read more…


Embrace Sports 10/10/14 Targetted long run

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It was the last full day of the Embrace Sports camp, so it ended in the traditional way with a targetted long run. I had discussed my goal with Neil the night before. I wanted to complete 13.1 miles in 1:59:59. This would mean running at 5:40/km. I was confident Read more…


Embrace Sports Easy 10k run in Lagos

Rain on a window

The original plan was to do a run from Luz to Burgau with an optional boat excursion, but it was raining quite heavily, so we stayed in for a little while, before deciding to do a drizzly 10km run around Lagos instead. It was quite wet. I was glad to Read more…


Embrace Sports 08/10/14 Track and monument coastal run.

Wednesday 8th October I was quite excited about what was planned for Wednesday morning as I enjoy track sessions. It had been raining heavily, but by the time we arrived at the track, the sun had come out and it was starting to dry up. Neil briefed all of us Read more…


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 Read more…


Embrace Sports 06/10/14 Portimao boardwalk reps

Monday 6th October This morning, we headed out to Portimao for some boardwalk reps. Stu and I have visited Portimao before, but the session that we did last time was a pyramid sessions (200m, 400m, 800m and then reversed). We started out with a group warm up jog around the Read more…


Embrace Sports Woodland trail run and beach recovery run

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I was looking forward to the woodland trail run. I’d done it twice previously and was determined to beat my pace from my previous attempts. The first time I did the woodland trail run, I fell quite badly on my first lap and the second time I did it, I Read more…