Week 13 – Paintball!

In need of a stress-reliever?

Want to take out some frustration on your colleagues, without any ‘real’ harm done?

Feel like being a war hero for a few hours?

Or just feel like picking up a gun and being able to shoot at people / objects and not suffer any lasting damage consequences?

Then head on over to Pursuit Games, located at the Jebel Ali Shooting Club, for an action-packed paintball experience!

I recently organised a paintball social event for my work and it was such a brilliantly fun evening! Everyone got right into character; donning the (supplied) overalls and masks, and some of the guys upgrading their guns to ensure they got the most out of the game!

We had the venue booked for 2 hours. These 2 hours cover your arrival, changing into gear, a debriefing, and then 4 games of approximately 10 – 12 minutes per game, with a few minutes in-between to catch your breath, be given details on the next game, and formulate a team plan on how to approach the game.

Each game that we played had a slightly different goal to it which kept things really fun and interesting, and we got to move between 2 different courses to change things up a bit. Unfortunately, the overall winning team was NOT my team 😦 but the night was really great fun, and enjoyed by absolutely everyone!

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Company race day!

I managed to convince 14 of my colleagues to enter a race with me this past weekend 🙂

There were options on what distance to run – a few people choosing to run 3km’s, but most of them opting for the 5km’s… and me all on my own in the 16km option.

I arrived bright and early to pick up everyone’s race numbers and meet them away from the madness of the other runners collecting their numbers. Once we were all bibbed up and ready to go, we had a quick group photo and then off to the start line.

Unfortunately since I was the first to head off, and would be out there a lot longer than everyone else, I didn’t get to see any of them running, or finishing, or join in some of the photos after the race, but a few of them stayed behind and cheered me on across the finish line, which is always a great feeling!

And what a great race it was for me!!!

I ran this race about a month ago – the temperatures were still high, the humidity was high, it was a foggy start to the day with the sun coming out in full force about halfway into the race. It wasn’t the most race-friendly weather 😦 But, this time the temperatures and humidity had dropped a fair bit so I knew that I would be having a better run no matter what.

I had one goal in mind – stick to the average pace that I’d set for myself. About 3km’s into the race, a pair of runners came up next to me, and then went just ahead of me. I stayed behind them for a bit and when I realised that they were doing a few seconds faster per km than my initial planned pace, I decided to stick with them.

At about 8km’s I came up next to them as I noticed that they’d dropped by a couple of seconds per km and were now running slightly slower than my planned pace… but I decided to not get too full of myself and surge on ahead. Instead I kept them just behind me, keeping an eye on their shadow in my peripheral vision. And then at about 11km’s they came up next to me once again, and then just slightly in front 🙂 Once again, I fell in behind them and kept up with their now slightly increased pace.

We continued like this once again until at about 14km’s – only 2 to go! – and I realised that they were once again dropping by a few seconds so I decided to just surge on… it’s the home stretch! And so I opened up my run and crossed the finish line feeling extremely strong, knocking about 6 minutes off the race a month ago – and placing fourth in my age group!!!

I could not believe my eyes when I saw this! So I immediately clicked on my name to have a look at my race breakdown:

I absolutely smashed this run! I was in second place at 11.5km’s!! If only I’d surged on ahead at 8km’s a bit more… but being only halfway into the race I made the (probably wise) decision to not overdo things and preserve my energy for the end. But maybe a bit too preserved?!

Regardless, it was a great race. I’m supremely chuffed with myself as I’ve never come that close to a podium finish! And I definitely would have had enough juice in the legs to keep me going for another 5km’s at that pace when it’s half marathon time… which is a good sign for breaking the 2 hour barrier this season!

Coming in strong 🙂

I’m now looking into the next company run – likely to be February 2018 – and the staff are all rather excited about it! I’ve converted them! 🙂

Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has put together a fitness challenge for the city to take part in, to try and get Dubai to be the most active city in the world!

The challenge runs from 20 October until 18 November and the idea is to spend at least 30 minutes each day doing something active, for 30 consecutive days.

For someone like me, this is not too difficult as I’m pretty active already, however there are many people who do little to no exercise day in and day out… and this challenge is largely aimed at them. And so to take it up a notch, I’ve registered my entire office into the challenge and am running a competition between 2 teams in the office to see who will put in their 30 minutes of effort each day 🙂

Are you or your company taking part??