The beginning of September in Portugal was intense. By intense I mean HOT! But eventually all things cool down and this was the case today: we had just the perfect weather for a morning run in Porto! Kind of misty but with great temperature and zero wind!
One of the short stops of today's LSD 7AM Running Meet up was right here, on the Vitória's hill, a secluded belvedere overlooking the rooftops, the Cathedral and river Douro.
WHAT IS LSD 7AM RUNNING MEET UP?
Every Wednesday we organize a small group run, for free, for International and Portuguese business travelers staying at Boavista avenue major Hotels: Sheraton Porto Hotel&Spa, Crowne Plaza Porto and Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa (or any other hotel or accommodation, close by)
LSD stands for Learn, See and Discover but we often use it for Long Slow Distance as our team regularly participates in marathons and other ultra running events for leisure - not on a professional level! But fear not : we're not selling you any recreational drugs or take you for too long of a run!
Undoubtedly, this is a great opportunity to run with a local amateur athlete who will safely navigate you through the streets of Porto. It's also a potential networking activity, for you will probably join people from different countries with common interests (at least one: that is running!) .
Morning myst over Douro river and the impressive 130 years old iron structure, bridge Luis I.
A loop route of 8 to 10 km through city center from the Hotel. It take us roughly 1h30 (including 2 short stops - see bellow).
We meet each group/participant at the designated times and Hotels. Starting reference times:
We organize this running meetup based on the assumption that all participants are regular runners, capable of running at least 10km at a minimum steady pace of 6min/km = 10km/h. We can go faster if every member on the group manifests this intention!
One other assumption: all participants can communicate in English! Also here, if everyone is comfortable with Portuguese, than we simply shift to our mother language, usually that's not a problem :) This was the case today!
ONE DIFFERENT STORY EVERY WEEK
As a bonus, the group's running guide will make two stops during the run to share one true story about Porto's History, regarding a place, building or monument we come across. Theme for the week's meetup run is informed via facebook here and on the confirmation email you will receive after registering.
Best (and only) way to register for next Wednesday's run: http://lsd7amrun.weebly.com/
For all of you who would like to try this concept but are really not sure you can handle the 'waking up insanely early' part, keep calm, for every problem there's a simple remedy:
Keep running strong! Have a great week!
Sérgio is the founder of PRT, a keen runner since 1999 and a friendly running tour guide since 2015.
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