Running to breakfast – Marina

This past weekend I managed to make it out to a nice run on Friday morning, and incorporate it with breakfast afterwards again… it’s been a while since I last did this!

Nat and I headed to the marina for a run this time; not entirely sure of the exact distance we’d do, but it was sure to be somewhere around 9 km’s or so.

We headed off across the bridge from where we’d parked, looped down onto the boulevard and ran the loop around to the top end of the marina, up over the bridge, and back onto the boulevard.

At this point I decided I needed a little walk break so we walked for a short way, then got going again, along the boulevard back to where we’d parked, pushing ourselves a bit at the end as we ran up the stairs for the grand finale. Shoo. That was hard work, but it felt great… especially since we had breakfast to now look forward to!

We decided on Little More Café at Dubai Marina Mall, and met up with some friends to join us for a delicious breakfast and some well-deserved iced tea / coffees to quench our thirsts!

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Week 45 – Fitness Fest Dubai

Fitness Fest Dubai is now in its second year here, but it was my first time to visit this weekend-long event filled with anything and everything that has to do with sports / fitness / healthy eating / healthy living.

JPEG was working there the whole weekend – the company she works for was putting on a football event for children and teens – and so I went through on Saturday to say hi to her and get my fitness fix for the day 🙂

I probably didn’t give the event enough of a walk-through, but the bits and pieces that I saw were really cool – from healthy-eating stations to kickboxing stalls to inflatable obstacle courses to the strongman competition. This place has it all!

Getting in was easy as I was fortunate enough to have a ticket arranged for me, which was waiting at the gate when I arrived, but for regular entrants, it didn’t seem to be too much of a bother – there were zero queues when I arrived, and even if there had been, they looked set up enough to cater for large queues.

I did hear of one major flaw on the Friday – they ran out of water! Not a very smart thing to do a) in the desert, b) at a fitness event! As I wasn’t there to experience it I can’t comment too much, but it’s still not a good thing to happen – definitely something they should consider for next year.

However, that aside, I found the afternoon enjoyable and it certainly looked like things were organised properly and running smoothly. I didn’t take part in any of the group classes / challenges that they had going on during the day, but it looked like there was always something on that you could be part of – great way to keep everyone involved!

And now, since I don’t actually have much more to say on it – here are some photos that I took of the day. Probably shows it off a bit better 🙂

As always, click on any of the pictures to open a larger gallery view

 

Week 5 – Ruth’s Chris ladies night

(I must start this off with a huge apology – I was meant to post this on Thursday 4 Feb but I completely ran out of time, and then I was away for the weekend, but there will be more than that to come in this week 🙂 )

The Ladies Night culture is massive in Dubai – it started off with really only a Tuesday night on offer, and places would give ladies a few coupons (normally 3), to get free drinks with. After those coupons were used up it was either head home or pay full price for drinks.

From there most restaurants / pubs / bars etc. wanted to get in on the action and so ladies nights started being offered on every night of the week (I’ve been to Ladies Nights on Thursdays and Fridays!).

Most of the deals still leaned towards drinks vouchers on offer, but you now see more and more places offering unlimited drinks for ladies between certain times, and a few are now starting to offer meals at discounted prices.

And that’s where this post comes in – a bunch of us went to Ruth’s Chris’ Ladies Night which is a Wednesday. They offer ladies 4 free drinks from a selected menu, and then 50% discount on main menu items for food. This means steaks!

We each ordered a side dish which was all then shared around, and then our steaks made a full meal…. DELICIOUS! And what would a girls night out be if we didn’t enjoy some desserts afterwards?

We got the bread pudding, cheesecake and an apple tart thing, and we all tucked into them together.

So if you’re looking for a ladies night with a bit of difference, then I urge you to head on over to Ruth’s Chris in Dubai Marina Address Hotel – but make sure you call and book a few days in advance – the place gets chock-a-bock full!