Already half-a-year has (nearly) elapsed since the magrelinha and I landed on the hot tarmac of Natal airport’s runway. I haven’t written anything yet about my experiences there so, with the guilty conscience of a debtor being 6-months in arrears, I am going to make weekly repayments through this series of blog posts – Brasil, belatedly.
Unlike last week, this one was somewhat more physically demanding. Seeing that the beach is an integral part of Natal’s social and leisure fabric, I’ve decided to try bodyboarding. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this sport (like I was until very recently), the simplest description I can give is that one lies stomach down on a foam board and tries to catch a good wave which will carry him/her towards, or onto, the sandy shore. The thrill is occasionally akin to that of riding on a roller coaster. The magrelinha and her brother are of course familiar with this sport but it’s a completely new experience for me. I find I’m spending much more time in the water than if I was merely swimming. For more detailed info about bodyboarding, click on this link: bodyboarding.
The highlight of the past 7 days, however, was Saturday. The city was hosting 3 road running races: 5K, 10K and a half-marathon (21K) – Meia Maratona do Sol. Since I’ve been going out training at 5am most mornings for many months and I hadn’t raced a half-marathon in about 3 years, I decided to don my running shoes for the 21-kilometre event. It was very well organised, the route challenging but not excessively hard and the start/finish area was conveniently a short drive from our home here. It had an awkward 4pm commencement, which meant I had to be careful what, and when, to eat and drink throughout the day. We set off in full sun but when I crossed the line 101 minutes later it was already dusk. Certainly a satisfying way to spend a Saturday though I kept all thoughts of the suffering I’d have to go through from muscle soreness firmly out of my mind.
The “Brasil, belatedly” series. Click for more:
- Part 1 – Sit, soak, sip
- Part 2 – Revisiting Baia Formosa
- Part 3 – A musical full stop
- Part 5 – Measuring the country
- Part 6 – Contrasts cobbled together
- Part 7 – (Un)Splendid isolation – Monte das Gameleiras