I’ve just checked – it’s been about 5 months since I was unable to complete something new for the week. I think that’s a pretty good innings… and therefore, I don’t have to feel too bad about having done NOTHING new this past week 😦
And so, in order for me to fill up some space and attempt having a say about something, here’s a bit of an update on where I’m at in my running, and what’s ahead for the last few weeks of 2017:
- I smashed out a brilliant 19.5 km training run on the weekend
- Creek half marathon is in 3 week’s time
- I’m off home for Christmas – one month today and I’ll be in South Africa for the holidays!
- Studying is much harder than I anticipated… but I’m slogging away at it, putting in the hours and doing what I can
- RAK half marathon will be the second week of February – and I plan on breaking the 2-hour barrier in that one…. eeeeekkkk
- I’ll be back to doing something new next week 😉
At last! The temperatures in the UAE are dropping to below boiling, which means that we get to sit outside, enjoy more outdoor activities, not melt in your car… and go CAMPING!
I’ve camped plenty times in the UAE – mostly out in Fujairah – and it’s always a fabulous night out, sitting around the fire, music playing, drinks flowing, laughter a-plenty. So, this time we decided to try out a new-ish area, Al Qudra Lakes… an entirely man-made lake area, complete with wildlife, and it’s only approximately 30 minutes drive out from Mall of Emirates area. Winning!
(Taken off a Google search)
We loaded the cars with food, tents, sleeping things, drinks and people, and off we went. 6 of us girls were spending the night, and we had some friends joining just for the afternoon / dinner part of the fun… it’s so easy when it’s so close to home!
When we arrived we drove around the entire lakes area to find a spot – man is this place HUGE! We eventually settled on a spot and got sorted with unloading our goods and setting up camp… and then the serious business of making fire and stuffing our faces 🙂
Campsite in the bushes for privacy
Part of the lakes
It’s absolutely pitch black out there once the sun goes down; a real treat to be away from the lights and madness of Dubai for one night… which also means that the stars are AMAZING! Unfortunately no shooting stars for us though 😦
Sunset over the water
But that was not to spoil our night. We had a great time playing games, talking nonsense, having a giggle and enjoying a night out in the desert – to be woken up to the sounds of birds chirping. Fabulous!
I suppose I could be called this, not only because I a) love reading, and b) am doing an English degree, but I have now also spent a Friday night at home, alone, STUDYING!
Not what you’d expect from this runner, eater, drinker, party girl, right?! 😉
But it was fabulous! A night at home on the couch, books and study guides spread around me, Pride & Prejudice playing in the background, and me sitting taking notes on new material that I was reading.
Definitely something new in my lifestyle!