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!

Week 22 – Running to Breakfast: Barefoot on the beach

This week’s something new goes back to basics – running barefoot, on the beach, and enjoying a delicious breakfast post-run!

A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to try a run on the beach – barefoot. You’d think that since I live in a coastal city that I’d be at the beach, or running on the beach, regularly… but no. Not me. I have once ventured onto the beach during a run, but it was in shoes… so this was a chance to try out something completely new ๐Ÿ™‚

I rounded up my 2 faithful running buddies – Nat & Sara – and we met at the beach bright & early on Friday morning.

We walked down to the shoreline, took our flops off, and headed out along the beach for a casual, slow run. And what fun it was! But boy was it difficult, and completely different to running on the road. We reached the end of the beach and started walking a bit… and all of us had the same thought: Don’t mention running again. Just enjoy the walk.

And so we did. We ended up walking the full length back. So, not entirely a successful ‘run’ but still a thoroughly enjoyable morning out, getting our heart rates up, enjoying the morning air, the water breaking around our ankles and some good old banter the whole way ๐Ÿ™‚

Once we were done, we wanted to head out for something to eat as we often do after our runs, but with it being Ramadan many restaurants are closed during daylight hours… but we managed to find a restaurant in The Movenpick Hotel that was serving breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ So we headed off to The Talk and filled our hungry tummies with delicious breakfast, and tasty & refreshing fresh fruit juices. Yum!

Running to breakfast – Kite Beach

With the temperatures starting to soar at the moment, the runs are potentially getting shorter, slower and less frequent.

However, I have really started loving my long(er) runs one morning of the weekend and I intend carrying them through, right until the end of summer…. and so this past weekend I rounded up a small group of 4 (including me) and we headed off to the kite beach running track where we could each do our own distance without worry of losing each other too much.

My goal was 10 km’s, and the others didn’t really have a distance in mind, so we all set off and then pulled off when they had had enough.

And after all of that, we headed to breakfast!

We decided on having breakfast just there at kite beach, at a cafรฉ / restaurant called Park Place…. very yummy fresh juices and basic, but delicious meals. Win Win ๐Ÿ˜€