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Thursday 25Feb - Traing with Profe Tato
26-Feb-2010 07:25:38 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

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Thursday 25Feb Training with "Profe" Tato


This is what I have been waiting for - another training session with my Profesor Tato, who prepared me for my first marathon in 2007, and also helped with London and Edinburgh. Together with about 12 other "students", we assembled at Punta Gorda in Montevideo at 7.30 am and Tato put us through our paces for the next 90 minutes. After a 2km walm-up, we did running drills and techniques, push-ups, sit-ups, running up an almost vertical grass wall, hopping on one foot then the next, squats, uphill zig-zags etc etc, and finishing with a steady paced 4km run. All hard work, but I loved it and felt great afterwards.

 As I was jogging back to my car, on the beach, I came across a group of American girls arriving at the beach, when one of them said to the others, not expecting me to understand, "Wow, one day I would like to be that brown", and I couldn't resist an automatic reply: "Well, you have to run a lot." I wish I had had my camera to record the look on all their faces.....................


Take care you lot and I will see you all very soon. Don't forget to taper!!

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Tuesday 22Feb- Mozzie Attack
26-Feb-2010 07:23:48 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

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Tuesday 23Feb10 - Mozzie attack

Better, brighter day today, but still a few showers, heavy at times and all the rain of late has succeeded in providing excellent hatching conditions for litterally millions of mosquitos. Today's run had hardly started when I had to dash into a friends house and use copious quantities of her can of "Off". Its good stuff though and the mozzies do not like it one bit, so for the rest of today's run they left me alone. 

I ran with my friend Madelon who is training for a marathon and we did all sorts of mini circuits, fast, slow, long, short, fishing with a lovely jog along the beach. About 18km in all. Enough!! I'm getting darker by the minute......
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A rainy day in Punta
23-Feb-2010 05:35:39 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

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Monday 22Feb10 - A wet day in Punta
Yesterday I decided to take a day off, mainly due to the inclement weather which even saw Alan give up his golf after 4 holes! Instead we went to some friends' house along the coast for an asado (bbq) where, as usual, I ate too much. But as I keep telling myself: you've got to eat!

Today was again good weather to stay at home with an interesting book. Needs must, however, so I set off in the light rain, aiming to do about 20km along the roads. No back-pack though - I wore a less than pristine sports bra on my last run on Saturday and suffered some really painful abrasions along the strap marks down my back. Generous application of the marvellous Dr Selby cream (available only in Uruguay - they should export and make a fortune) and my back is much better, but I decided to give it a break today and leave my back-pack at home.
I maintained a steady pace on the run, and once I got myself warmed up (ie after about 5km) I really enjoyed it, although strangely found it more difficult along the roads than along the beach/dunes. Ran for a while with a Brazilian chap who was also out jogging in the rain. I asked him how far he was running and he said 15-20 minutes, but after 10 he "dropped out". Also ran into Alan on his bike in the rain on his way to the port to buy our fish for tonights dinner, and we coincidentally arrived back at the flat at the same time, both looking like drowned rats! My distance today was just over 20km, and will plan to do about the same tomorrow, Tuesday, but along the beach, teasing the waves a la Dean Karnazes.

Hope everyone is well.



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Punta Ballena and beyond!
20-Feb-2010 05:35:27 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

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Last night we had a very strong storm, it kept me awake most of the night.
I thought today was going to be the same, but luckily as the morning passed it turn out to be a nice sunny day. A bit too hot and humid for running actually, but nevertheless I set out on my normal run, uphil, sand and dunes.

I managed a steady 12km run uphill, off-road, then turned right down the road to the beach.
I run another 3km along the beach before I decided to turn back and head for home.
The next 15km I ran/walked on loose heavy sand and dunes, magnificent views.
People kept looking and wondering what is this woman doing, running through the hottest part of the day. Some asked me, so I had to stop and tell them about my little race that I'm just about to do.
I'm sure they thought I am crazy, but anyway, that gave them something to talk about.

I hope you are all well. Take care.


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The next two weeks!
18-Feb-2010 06:29:38 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

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Well, I must say, after sorting out my old injury, and taking it easy for a few days, everything was going smoothly. 
Until during a 36km run/walk along the beach and dunes, that I enjoyed very much despite the heat and humidity. I saw two street boys picking some small fruits from a tree, then, me talking to everybody I find on my way, had to ask them if they were edible. One of the boys said sure and put one in his mouth, and I don't know what I was thinking about, maybe the heat, I asked if I can have one, sure enough I got one and ate it straight away, it was very tasty.

The next morning I felt a bit strange, had breakfast as usual, but only went for a 10km run with my backpack on. When I came back I was exausted, shivering, my tummy sore as if I had fire inside and had a temperature. I caught a bacteria from the dirty fruit, but luckily the simptoms only lasted 48hrs.

So now I'm feeling much better, but still have to be careful with what I eat. Despite all this, I went out again today  for a 21.5km along sand and dunes, glad to say that I felt better as the kms went by.

I think I will do two more longish runs this week, before I start to taper. 

I hope you are all keeping well. Take care.

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