Yup, the weather is officially too hot now to run outside – even going at night, or before the sun’s up in the mornings, it’s just way too sticky and humid.
But I could not let the season finish without one last race.
It’s a great race. It’s part of an annual race series which consists of 5 races between October and May. There is a 4km or an 8km option, and I always do the 8km. It’s organised by a company called Supersports Dubai, and they have a partnership with Jumeirah Beach Hotel so each race takes place along the footpath that runs along the hotels beach’s edge. It’s gorgeous! It is usually a fairly small race with only about 100 runners – including some top athletes who are an absolute inspiration to watch as they fly around their second lap when I’m only on my first! – but this past weekend they had over 480 runners enter into the 4km and 8km combined. Although it must have been great for them to have that many, I personally found it quite frustrating at the start to work my way through the runners along the small foot path. Anywho…
For this last race of the season, my friend SDB ran with me. We’ve only run this race together once before so I was really looking forward to doing it again. I was also really excited about it because I was going to be testing out my miCoach in the run – since my attempts to use it during training the past week failed completely!
I picked her up at her place at 6:15 and we headed off to the race starting point. With stretching out of the way, we lined up for the start just before 7am, and headed off as the gun (well, Warren’s “GO!”) went off. I was aiming for a sub 48 minute time so knew that I needed to keep my pace up slightly… I started off at what felt like a decent pace, but not pushing myself too hard in the beginning as I thought I’d try rather pushing at the end. Reaching the halfway and then the 5km mark was fine – everything felt great. But then at 6kms, I don’t know what happened… I just started feeling like I was not in it anymore. I slowed down a bit and just kept going, and finally crossed the finish line in 49:05. My slowest time EVER 😦 I guess I only have myself to blame for ignoring training over the last few weeks; not eating properly the night before (“It’s only an 8km”, I say…); and not eating my usual pre-race breakfast of 1 boiled egg mixed with some mayo on toast. Never gonna do that again!
And the next disappointment – my miCoach did not save the workout… I have no idea why, but when downloading the data, it is not showing this run at all. Looks like I need to do a lot more practicing with this thing! I’ll keep you updated on the progress of it, but for now my running shoes are going to be packed away until about August / September when the weather starts cooling down again. Hello gym and gym-bicycle!