This ‘something new’ of mine was actually meant to have happened in November last year, but for various unfortunate reasons it did not happen (I arrived at the race, but did not finish it)… and so that means that it is still technically ‘something new’ and I get to share it with you this week instead 🙂
It’s not very often in Dubai that you get to take part in a race that is a) not flat, or b) not on the road. Until Super Sports decided to introduce us to Cross Country Racing out at Mushrif Park.
These races are run on approximately 70% soft sand, it includes one pretty steep (albeit short) hill at the end of each lap, and then a teeny weeny bit of road running to keep things interesting. And interesting it is. I loved every second of this race!
I entered the 10km route and didn’t want to get too ballsy with my expectations, so all I set out to do was get as close under 1 hour as I could. My training in January has been exceptional (140km’s covered for the month!) so I knew my legs had it in me; I just wasn’t so sure about the soft sand business.
Right from the start, I settled in just slightly behind a girl who looked very strong through the sand, but wasn’t going too fast that I couldn’t keep up… so I stuck by her. There were times I would have been able to overtake but I decided to hang back a bit as did not want to tire myself out too early on… and yes, I did eventually tire her out and was able to run past her and not look back 🙂
I finished the first lap (5km’s) and was feeling great… and so I decided to just keep at this pace for the rest of the race, and then really give it a push on the road bit at the end. And everything worked out perfectly!
I came into the last stretch, ran up that asshole hill, down the other side, and then gunned it for the finish line…. finishing in a time of 58 minutes 🙂 Happy Hazy! And the official results show that I placed 5th out of 20 females in the 10km race 🙂 🙂