Wadi Bih Time Out blog 2
With just 19 days until the Wadi Bih, Time Outer Rebecca Milford is starting to feel confident … Discuss this article
Days until Wadi Bih: 19
With the Wadi Bih run looming ever-closer, I decide I need to step up my training, so head out for an evening run round Downtown Dubai to give my legs a good workout. I plot out a route in my head: round Emaar Boulevard, cutting down through Burj Park, out near The Palace, repeat until exhausted – I’m aiming to run for at least half an hour – 5km or so – or until my legs give out.
This time I have my iPod loaded up with fast-paced songs. Topping my running soundtrack at the moment are ‘Paranoid’ by Black Sabbath, and ‘Black and White Town’ by Doves – both have a solid, banging beat that ties in with my stride and pace, providing a much-needed motivation boost when my energy starts to dip.
As I navigate the wide roads of Downtown, the preparations for the Dubai Marathon and 10k on January 27 are in full swing: along much of Emaar Boulevard I have to dodge scaffolding poles, piles of wood and workmen busy erecting the grandstands that will flank the start/finish like outside The Pavilion. I also pass hordes of other runners, many of whom I assume are completing their final training runs before the weekend. Some of them catch my eye and give a reassuring smile as I jog past, and as I start my second lap of Downtown I begin to recognise the same faces I passed on my previous leg. It feels as though we share an unspoken camaraderie, although many of them look in far better shape than me: by now I’m wheezing heavily, my aching limbs flailing clumsily as I try to stop the sweat dripping into my eyes.
As my stopwatch ticks towards 40 minutes, I decide to call it a night. But my fellow runners have inspired me: on a whim, before I can change my mind, I head home, fire up my laptop and sign up as a last-minute runner for the Dubai 10k. I convince myself it’ll be useful training for Wadi Bih: at best I’ll beat my personal best time (55:50, for the record, although that was way back in 2009); at worst it’ll show me exactly how far I still have to go before tackling the wadis of Musandam.
For those of you who are also running on Friday, good luck: I’ll hopefully see you at the finish line. I’ll be the one humming along to Black Sabbath.
The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon , 10k and 3k road races take place on Friday January 27, starting outside The Pavilion in Downtown from 7am. Registration has now closed. Free for spectators. www.dubaimarathon.org. For last-minute 10k training tips, see www.timeoutdubai.com/sportandoutdoor/features/29489-dubai-10k-training
Catch up with Rebecca’s progress by clicking here.
Time Out Dubai,
- Martial arts(13)
- Rugby & Gaelic(13)
- Academic City(2)
- Al Barsha(1)
- Al Quoz(20)
- Arabian Ranches(5)
- Bur Dubai(9)
- Business Bay(3)
- Discovery Gardens(1)
- Downtown Dubai(8)
- Dubai Investments Park(2)
- Dubai Marina(48)
- Dubai Media City(1)
- Emirates Hills(10)
- Festival City(6)
- International City(6)
- Jebel Ali(14)
- Jumeirah Lakes Towers(5)
- Motor City(1)
- Nad Al Sheba(6)
- Oud Metha(20)
- Palm Jumeirah(12)
- Sheikh Zayed Road(23)
- The Gardens(2)
- Umm Suqeim(11)
Most viewed outlets
Our favourite features
10 best afternoon teas in Dubai Places to sample incredible sandwiches, scones and tasty beverages in Dubai
Dubai’s celebrity fans Pictures that show how much the stars love Dubai
Travel: Great summer holidays 20 trips within six-and-a-half hours flying time from Dubai
10 best new clubs in Dubai The top and freshest nightclubs to frequent in Dubai
Do something different in Dubai Ride the Seabreacher, enjoy a desert safari or book a table at a club in...
Dubai's best restaurants 2015 The 67 best restaurants in Dubai - this is where to eat out in Dubai
10 best brunches in Dubai Where to find top afternoon dining experiences on the weekend
82 new shoes to buy in Dubai Sandals, sneakers, boots, booties, flats, heels and more