My First 5K – Barbados Cares – Hot Sun

So anyone who is in Barbados right now knows that our beloved hurricane season is treating us with unparalleled disdain by sucking up every cubic inch of moisture and keeping it in the thick black clouds that sit there and say, “Wuh you gine do ’bout it?”, when we ask why is it so freaking hot and humid.

Sweating after taking two steps in the house, sun burning your skin, feeling drained, the fan does little to help…let’s just say that we CANNOT WAIT until our cooler months of December to February/March.

But, I braved the hot sun this morning for a great cause, the 5K “Barbados Cares” Walk/Run/Ride.  I walked as a member of my club, Soroptimist International Barbados and for my friend Laurina and her family, who are Dominican and experienced Tropical Storm Erika.  All funds raised from this morning’s event and others this weekend, are to benefit rebuilding efforts there.

The large crowd of participants waiting for the start.
The large crowd of participants waiting for the start.

Positives

I was able to take part in a meaningful way, I purchased by shirt and two tickets for the Cooler Fete which was held on Friday night but due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to attend.  I felt great that while it was not a ton of money, that I was able to make a contribution.

I met up with long time friends and walked/jogged with my neighbour and genuinely had a good time with everyone.

Met up with some fellow Attorneys
Met up with some fellow Attorneys

I had fun with the warm up and finished the 5K in an hour.  A couple years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to do that, so yay!

My SIB Sisters and I taking a pic before the start
My SIB Sisters and I taking a pic before the start
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Squat and guh down… Lol that wasn’t playing but love that song

Negatives

The late start because the Police outrider hadn’t arrived as yet?

It is tooo hot to have people waiting for an hour as the sun slowly bakes them. Caribbean time does not work in this context.  We were therefore robbed of a proper start and everyone was peeved.

Anyways….another week to navigate.

 

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