So, when I find myself with a few hours of "me time," I know exactly what I have to do ....... go for a RUN! Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to run the jungle (Amazon Run) and I have run through the village of Sorocaba, outside of Sao Paulo. But the run that has always been out there teasing me with each trip, is the one along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. In what must be one of the most breathtaking oceanfront views in the world, this beach is a runner's paradise.
As you might guess, this week was the week. Arriving late afternoon, I checked in and could not wait to change and get going. With summer days this time of the year south of the equator, daylight extended until well past eight. Although, it really didn't matter what time the sun went down, runners, bikers, soccer and volleyball matches kept the beach alive most of the night.
|The path for miles and miles|
Incredibly, the path was as shoulder-to-shoulder with movement, as I have ever experienced on a run that was not a race. This is where I also learned that bikes, rollerblades, and various cart pushers all share this 6' wide track. But it really wasn't a hindrance. I actually enjoyed it. Once you get past the feeling of a cyclist coming alongside, their elbow often brushing yours as they peddle past, it wasn't so bad. In fact, I felt like I developed a rhythm for peeking back, making my moves around others and sensing those around me.
|World Famous Copacabana Beach - Rio de Janeiro|
As if the 8 mile run wasn't pleasure enough, the cool down just really topped it off. With shoes in hand, the moon shining down on Rio, and Samba music playing off in the distance, I found myself walking along the water and thinking about how I might can find these same two hours for running when I return in March!
|Christ the Redeemer keeping watch over all us runners down there!|