On this weekend I went to Guaruja, a beach city near Sao Paulo. We go there everytime we can, especially when there’s good chances of a sunny weekend. This time wasn’t different.
A warm Saturday was waiting for me, and I had a 5k run to be done under 22:30. We stay there only 3 blocks from the beach, so I used this distance and a little more as warm up. But I wasn’t going to run on the sand as I normally do on easy runs, because I don’t have a GPS watch and wouldn’t know for sure when to stop. I used Map my Run to measure 2,5k from my starting point and the result was very similar to the 10k race that happens there (it’s two 5k laps) and used the bike path.
I started and found a comfortable pace. Luckily, there are some trees along the way and ran under a blessed shadow for some moments.
My comfortable pace was a just little slower and I noticed it only when I reached my 2,5k mark, I was 10 seconds behind. No big deal, I thought. At that point I saw one of those street clocks showing 28C. I speed up a bit and kept going, only now the heat was making feel tired. Praying for some trees, I reached them and continued up to my starting point: 22:29.
After the run, I realized it wasn’t as tough as my first 5k this year. And could confirm that checking my heart rate, 173bpm average vs 181bpm 3 weeks before under a nicer temperature. Apparently, things are working well here.
Below, some pictures of the beach I go and run.