Once I tackled my first hurdle, attaching my time chip to my Vibrams sans laces, and my second using a Brazilian honey bucket, I was off to the start line.
Being the passionate individual that I am, I was a bit overcome with reality as I waited in a crowd of Brazilians on the Esplanada in Brasilia, Brazil, about to run a 5k that I had found the time to train for, while becoming settled in a foreign country while raising two small boys and well you get the idea. Living the dream. So I felt a rush of emotion that threatened to spike tears as the countdown began and I tiptoed my way to the start line. I peered left and right for my boys and the other half of my running clube as I wove along the esplanada.
Taking it all in (all 95 degrees of it) I ran down the main road (much like the Mall in DC) flanked on either side by government buildings and crazy cool, although, widely criticized for it's "communist-looking" architecture. I nearly missed the 5K turn around and headed for the 10K which was a challenge I wasn't quite up for, but instead headed back down the road towards the 5k finish.
Yielding this lovely landscape of the National Congress Building.
I scoffed at the first water stop at three kilometers, noting that Paul wouldn't have wanted me to get water, I could hear him saying, "It's only a 5K Hew, you don't need water," I spotted my crew with Paul, "look at me I didn't take water!" cheering for me as I crept up on water stop number two, just shy of four kilometers, where I caved. I took a tiny, icy, foil-topped cup and dumped it on my head, took a sip and it was just the "hello! move it!" I needed to make it the rest of the shadeless route to five. I finished at 30:32 or something close to that, not great, but "Brazil!" So you get the idea.. I grabbed water, bananas and babies and spent the rest of the day relaxing with my lady friends at spa day.
Mini-Coach Hanna and I on the awards platform. We decided to take first in the "USA, Mother-of-two, in hot pink Vibrams" category.
So race one of four races, (one for each season/estacoe) is complete. The races I am told reward you with a quarter of a medal for each race and you are given, upon completion, a lovely frame to gold your completed 'pie o' seasons.' A marvelous goal for me.