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The Niteroi bridge

The Niteroi Bridge and the route we were to take – Photo: Lourenço Alcimar

Back from another half marathon in Rio de Janeiro, my second such race, but this time going from Niteroi, over a 13km bridge, to Flamengo beach. A steady up-hill over the main hump of the bridge for the first few kilometers, and then just about downhill or flat from then on… more or less (there were occasional slight upward slopes that helped make things harder, especially towards the end when you think that the hard parts are over with)!

View over the bay

Looking over the bay from Niteroi to Rio de Janeiro Photo: Lourenço Alcimar

Altogether it was pretty different from the previous course which was straight along the beach for 17km before having a devilish uphill for a kilometer or so before going down to the finish. This time we had splendid views over the bay and it was neither too hot nor too cold, and altogether quite enjoyable as well as pretty unique. With this uniqueness comes the popularity – around 8,000 athletes joined the race, about twice as many as the previous one I was in.

My time last time was 1h54m59s and this race, with a bit more training (which was admittedly interrupted for a little while by my pulling a calf muscle and then re-pulling it when I tried to run too fast too soon), I managed to reduce this time to 1h50m31s. So I was pleased.  I am suffering a bit as I write now – my right knee hurts (just below the knee to be precise), and the outer side of my left foot is not great, so am hobbling a bit and it wasn’t nice getting up this morning!

Also, at the same time as being pleased for beating my previous time, I was slightly disappointed: my pace for every kilometer up to 19km was between 4m41s per kilometer and 5m26s/km and I was pretty much dead-on completing it in 1h46m… In the last two and a bit kilometres, however, my body faltered and my pace reduced quite a bit to around 6mins/km. From then it was all psychological and pushing myself to get to the end.

But still, I suppose this can be my next goal for the Porto Alegre half marathon which happens at the end of June. It looks to be a hillier course for that race, however, so it might be tougher, but hopefully it should go alright.

Medal ceremony with Lourenço! Photo: Lourenço Alcimar

Medal ceremony with Lourenço! Photo: Lourenço Alcimar

En Route Enquanto o Ben não para de falar de sua meia maratona do Rio eu não paro de ter de explicar o porque da minha ausência. E o pior é que a resposta é muito simples: eu detesto correr!

Prefiro pedalar o dia todo, pular corda, escalar 50 vias, andar de patins, skate ou até mesmo a pé. Sei da importância da corrida num treino, e aprendo cada dia mais como é bom incluir essa prática na sua rotina esportiva, porém me atento ao necessário e aos conselhos dados pelo Alércio Girio nosso treinador funcional, e os dados pelo Fábio Jobim em treinos de escalada.

Enquanto o Ben se desafia em quilômetros e velocidades eu fujo da corrida como se fosse uma tortura. Venho trabalhado mentalmente essa relação, porque como tudo na vida é sempre mais leve e gostoso encarar de uma forma que não seja negativa, o pensamento eu ODEIO correr já se transformou em DETESTO e espero que evolua para um SUPORTO, TOLERO, acho OKAY e quem sabe um dia vocês me vejam falar que GOSTO.

Não digo que um dia eu vá competir com o Ben pelas maratonas da vida, mas incluir uma corrida no parque pelo menos 1 vez por semana é o desafio que me imponho, e vou contando pra vocês a evolução.

Quanto a corrida do Ben, foi ótima, ele correu a maia maratona no Rio de Janiero e quase bateu o tempo que ele acreditava ser capaz, apenas 4 minutos e 54 minutos a frente. A próxima competição será em Porto Alegre.