Lisbon, New Year’s Eve

Tough run around just 3 of the seven hills that make up the Luso capital. I wasn’t really running fit to be honest but while there (and while Ellie was asleep!) I took advantage of a couple of hours and took to the streets with a Nina Simone backing track. I’ve never seen so many steps and was genuinely totally whacked at the top of the last flight of the Torel stairs.

Pain – this is really what I have to overcome in my training sessions for the big swim. My arms might be searing, my legs pounding, my head a waterlogged sandbag but I just have to keep going. Whether I’m running or swimming this is the big challenge, breaking through the pain barrier.

I decided to run today on New Year’s Eve because I know I’ll be utterly incapable by tomorrow.