Week 34: Hot runs, new breakfast spots

Friday mornings have become one of my favourite times to run because it’s a run done with friends ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes its not much fun setting my alarm for 6am (earlier than I do for work during the week!), but once I’m able to drag my butt out of bed and have that run behind me, it all becomes worth it.

And when I can pair that run with breakfast afterwards – well, there’s not much that can beat that!

So, this past weekend, Ellie, Sara & I headed out for our regular Friday run. We headed down to the beach track which we love, and enjoyed a really comfortable 7km’s at a fabulous conversational pace the whole way. Great catch up times ๐Ÿ™‚

On the run we started talking about food – because, why else do we actually run so much?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ – and this led to us agreeing to go for breakfast after the run. Ellie suggested a place just a few minutes from the beach, which was a perfect something new for the week ๐Ÿ™‚

H.E.A.T – healthy eats and treats. A menu full of super healthy food, from breakfast items to steaks, burgers, smoothies and treats. And all super yummy and not so harsh on the wallet.

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Week 33 – Ferrari World Yas Mall Run

I try and avoid malls at all costs as I end up inevitably buying something that I don’t need… but when my friends Z & S said that they were going to be heading down to Yas Mall for something completely different, I jumped at the opportunity.

This was a chance to RUN through the mall! An organised race of either 2.5km’s, 5km’s or 10km’s. Your choice. Now this sounded like my kind of mall visiting ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, this past weekend we headed down to Abu Dhabi on Thursday night to make a bit of a mini-break of it.

We didn’t necessarily get ourselves a very early night ๐Ÿ˜ณ and had to be up at almost silly ‘o clock, but it wasn’t too much of a drama – our plan for this run was to take it easy and have a laugh – which is exactly what we did!

We ran at a very comfortable pace, chatting and laughing the whole way through the 2 laps… and finished in just under 30 minutes! Not bad for a laugh-a-minute, fun-run, silly morning out!

This was the inaugural race of its type and I must say, hats off to the organisers and the volunteers who made this morning extremely fun and memorable!

The registration and race-number collection was super simple and easy; the start line was well-organised; the track was laid out clearly through the mall, with volunteers to help guide you; the water stations were well-stocked (although we didn’t use them); and they had a big buffet breakfast available for runners after the race – although we ended up eating at Shakespeare & Co. so I cannot comment on what the food was actually like.

We all had a super fun morning out and would highly recommend this run to anyone who’s not tried it ๐Ÿ™‚

Week 24: Running to breakfast finale

It’s with a sad heart that I type up this post as the last Running to Breakfast in the original series ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

My friend Nat is about to make her way on to new ventures in the big wide world and so with only Sara & I of the actual Running to Breakfast crew left, it won’t quite be the same… who knows, maybe we’ll get something similar going but for now, this past weekend was our goodbye.

Running to Breakfast crew

We headed out to Palm Jumeirah, which made it a new run for me. We parked out on the east crescent, hopped out the car, did some ‘warm-ups’ and then started walking… which of course is not the point! So we all agreed that “at that rubbish bin we start running”, and so we did.

It never gets old to say IT. IS. HOT! I forgot to check the temperature and humidity before we ran, but when we got in the car post-run, it was 38ย ยบC ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Morning kayaker making his way around the palm

We managed 6.5 km’s that morning – possibly about 1.5 km’s of that would have been walking, but it was a good effort regardless, and an enjoyable last run with just the 3 of us.

The ‘enchanted forest’ (that’s me on the ledge) that’s built under the bridge onto the crescent

And of course, it was followed by heading off to breakfast – and once again it involved doing a quick Google search for open places during Ramadan.

We settled on a place in Jumierah Lakes Towers – but for the life of me I cannot recall what the name is ๐Ÿ˜ณ Cluster T, opposite The Pullman Hotel, Ground Floor of Fortune Tower.

It was a super yummy breakfast with many supremely healthy options which worked well for our post-run breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ Silly me forgot to take a photo of the food though. DOH!