Kim Pursley, 44, of Forest Hill has completed the first two steps of her inaugural Triple 7 Quest, an event in which runners compete in seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. She said in an email to The Baltimore Sun that the weather for her first race, in downtown Melbourne, Australia, was "picture perfect — 78 degrees and breezy." She was slowed Sunday by some cramping in her quadriceps and swollen hands, but she finished unofficially in less than five hours. On Monday, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, conditions were less than ideal. "[T]he devil himself could not have made [it] hotter," she wrote. The weather changed from windy to dry to humid, and she started running "just a few hours" after a 14-hour flight from Melbourne. She ultimately completed the 26.2 miles, but only after drinking "lots of fluid." Next up for the former McDonogh field hockey and lacrosse player are stops in Paris; Tunis, Tunisia; Long Island, N.Y.; Punta Arenas, Chile; and King George Island, Antarctica.