Name: Eduardo Brandao
Occupation: Software Architect at Netsmart
Month/Year you joined Harriers: June 2011
What is your favorite race? Scotland Run. It was my first race after I started running in 2009 and I have ran every year since.
What PR are you most proud of? NYC Marathon in 2013, 3:20:12. I had PR'd in the Maine marathon a month before by 22 min, then I PR'd again at the NYC marathon by another 6 min, it was a great year.
What's the most rewarding drink after a hard race? Coffee on the cold days and beer on the warm days. But that water after the finish line feels so good!
If you could do a long run with anyone (fictional or non-fictional), who would it be and why? There are so many, like Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, Joan Benoit, Bill Rodgers (who I ran side by side for a while in a 10K race in Maine), but I think I would still pick Meb Keflezighi. He is an incredible runner and an amazing person.
What are your other hobbies besides running? Because we all have so much time and energy after workouts...
· My main hobby, especially after those workouts is sleep, and I'm so good at that, you can't imagine! Just kidding! I recently rekindled my passion for comics, mostly Marvel, but there are some awesome Batman and Superman stuff out there. And now with so many movies coming out, it has been fun!
· I have also been trying many other things with various degrees of success, like playing musical instruments, learning new languages, playing with micro-controllers and even building a ship-in-a-bottle (yes, you read it correctly :o) ). My attention span is very short, hehe
What's your favorite book to read while cuddling by the fire? I love sci-fi. Last great book I read was The Martian (before the movie was a movie). It is a hope that other books (and movies) will get more scientifically accurate. Oh, and of course... I'm still waiting for next GoT book... patiently... very patiently...
What's your favorite Harrier moment? The 'carbo loading' after the workouts! It is those little things in life that keeps us moving :)
You're about to start your run and you put in your headphones. What jam are you running to? Anything, but usually some rock. Music helps me to keep my mind distracted, I already ran listening from rock to classical music, even some language learning stuff. I don't really pay attention to the music, my mind wanders faster than my run. To prove that, one day I ran a long run (3+ hours) with only one music in non-stop repeat - but I won't say which one it was ;) - and I didn't even got bothered.
Closing comment? This is your soapbox moment! I am thankful to have found such a great group of people! What I love about the Harriers is that it is not only about running, it is about bonding through running.