Like all (ab)normal people we shunned our morning lay in (when I say lay-in, it means I’m still up with the girls at 6.30 but there is no school run and I have the chance to loll around in my PJs). Fridays are the equivalent to Sundays out here. They are the start of our weekend and the religious day when the mosques are heaving at lunch times.
But this morning we were up and out at 5.30am (nanny and granddad were voted in – by me – as the babysitters) and we headed to the Emirates Golf Club – just a five minute drive from our villa in the Springs. This is the course where Dubai Omega Desert Classic is played when the world’s top golfers tee off each February.
This was the start of the inaugural Saucony Hills Half Marathon, the route of which winds around prestigious Emirates Hills and the Lakes and, most noteably for me, right passed our back garden in the Springs. As ‘runners’ it would have been rude for us not to have taken part.
The last half marathon I did was in Ras al Khaimah mid February. It was blooming awful – that was the day that this year’s sand storms started (you see I’m looking for excuses). The only good thing about this race was seeing the sun rise from behind the mountains. I felt the pain at 1km and even more so at 1hr 40mins when I staggered across the finish line. Hence, since then I haven’t donned my trainers.
But, last night JB convinced me to give this new run a go. I decided to just get round it and am pleased to say that I did it steadily and crossed the finish line in 1hr.46. Over 800 people entered and it was a great atmosphere. Loads of people standing in their gardens or on their balconies cheering us on.
This now marks the end of the Dubai running season. There’s a keen and very social running community in this city - I’m sure I’ll be boring you with our adventures when the season kick-starts again at the end of the year when I'll start training with the ABRAS (although this club does train all year round moving inside to the circuit track in Al Barsha in the summer months). Running is a great way of meeting people here in Dubai.
For now I’ll be focusing on swimming (I still appreciate being able to swim outdoors the whole year round) and back to the Lakes Club for body pump.
About this blog...
I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).