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São Paulo marathon 2014 – better luck next time!

After months of training, being careful with my diet, and resting completely in the final week, I participated in the São Paulo marathon yesterday.

However, I didn’t manage to finish the race this time.

I have completed the London marathon a couple of times before and I’m used to 10km and half-marathon distance runs so the marathon is longer than usual, but it’s not a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. I had trained really well and was looking forward to it. In fact, based on my training runs I was expecting to do it this time in about 3.5 hours.

But once I started running I knew something was wrong. Within 3-4km I didn’t feel at all as if I was warming up. By that point I should have been hitting a regular pace and enjoying the early part of the run, but I was feeling really odd, a little out of breath and way too hot. That wasn’t helped by the water stops only appearing every 5km – so I knew I wanted some water and had to keep running to find some right at the start of the race.

It was hot yesterday, that’s true, but we started at 8am when it was about 27c. It did go up about another 10c, but in the early stages I don’t think the heat was my problem. I just felt like I couldn’t warm up or get going – as if there was no energy in the tank.

I rested for six days immediately before the marathon to ensure any little injuries were fixed – I had a niggling foot pain and a cut on my leg that was healing up – and all this was fixed. In the week before the rest I had run two half-marathons and several 10kms in training.

During the marathon, I kept going until 12km, but it was hopeless. I still didn’t feel at all like I had warmed up and I couldn’t get a regular pace going, it was like a constant struggle. I quit the race, took off my number, walked away from the track and found a taxi to take me home.

I then went to bed and slept. I’d had a really good sleep the night before, in bed by about 9pm, but I just felt shattered. Clearly something was wrong – whether I had a bit of a cold or something I don’t know, but the moment I got back from the race I just crashed out for a couple of hours.

It’s a shame as I was looking forward to the race. I’m feeling OK now so I don’t have any illness I can actually detect. I’ll head out for a 10km around town this evening just to see how I feel and to get the trainers back on.

I knew that I probably could have run and walked the race, just to get the medal regardless of how long it took, but I was keen to do this marathon in quite a good time given how much I’ve trained for it. I’m also aware that if I had forced myself to carry on for another 30km when I wasn’t feeling well then I might have ended up injured – because I knew something was wrong, but I couldn’t put my finger on why I just didn’t have any speed.

The Rio marathon is in July next year and I’ve got my eye on a few half-marathons before then so I’ll try again, but this time all I can say is that despite being well prepared I just didn’t feel right on the day. Better luck next time eh..?

Tax really can be taxing – moving location in Brazil…

I’m the director of a limited liability company. All my business in Brazil goes through the company and I am paid a salary from my own company. It all works well, and surprisingly, I am taxed less that I was in the UK.

However, running a company in Brazil is onerous  My firm needs to submit something like 30 different tax reports EVERY MONTH to the government which means that I pay my accountant about the same every month that I used to pay every year in London.

The day to day reality is that I trust my accountant to sort out all the tax statements so I don’t worry about it. She gets paid well by her clients to manage their reporting and I can sleep easy knowing that all those reports are filed.

But I’m moving house soon and I just got the shock of my life. By moving 150km north of São Paulo to another town inside São Paulo state, all of my company affairs get shaken to the core.

The town I am moving to does not use the electronic tax system my accountant uses, so I would have to start manually managing all these reports – posting them to my accountant to be dealt with. And this is inside the same state. That is at least one report a day to be manually collected, and posted.

And simply to change the registered address of my company from where I am now to the town I am moving to basically means I need to incorporate the company again with the new details. Plus then inform every government agency that deals with me – there is no central register of companies where I can file my details.

At the end of the day I’m paying hundreds to my accountant to take care of it all, and rather than move the company address to my own offices, I will keep it registered at the office of my accountant so I can avoid a lot of this nonsense. Even just to move the company from my address to my accountant – which is on the same street – means effectively reincorporation and about a month of fees just to change address.

Brazil might not be booming any longer, but it is still growing. If a brave politician stepped in and cut through some of this ridiculous red tape the country might once again experience the kind of growth Europe can only dream of. If only… those people in the company tax offices passed exams to be in their jobs – they now feel they have a job for life. How can a politician change that?