RAK 2014 on the calendar

It’s official – I’ve signed up for the RAK 2014 half marathon, taking place on 14th Feb 2014. That’s 246 days away.

I will only start my official race training 8 weeks prior to the race (so that would be on 20th December), but between now and then I intend on doing loads of other exercising and keeping fit (and keeping my physio happy when she next sees me and is able to tell me that my knee is now perfect *hoping*)

I’m trying to be very diligent during the week to do at least 4 days (but 5 would be the absolute winner) of working out. These days (should) go something like this:

Sundays = cycling (ok, just a stationary bike in the gym, but I’m doing at least 20kms)

Mondays = kickboxing or short-cycle-plus-leg workout (depends on the week as kickboxing runs on alternate weeks)

Tuesdays = upper body

Wednesdays = Pilates or short-cycle-plus-leg workout (again, depends on the week)

Thursdays = all-over-body-heart-rate-boosting workout

That’ll be from now until September (and when I’m not back-and-forth to Kurdistan). Then in September I’ll start running again – when the temperatures get back to “normal”. Maybe I’ll even get a chance to use my miCoach to it’s full potential!

I have a few friends who have registered too so hopefully we can all spur each other along and keep each other motivated when the time gets closer to the race (it’s a complete bummer when silly season hits in December and my friends are all focused on drinking and partying, and I’m hitting the peak of my training… oh, and I have a birthday/New year thrown in there too which is no fair! Although saying that, I do love how I feel after a run and that definitely helps to keep me going!)

The current fastest mens half marathon time was run in 2010 by Zersenay Tadese in a time of 58:23. The fastest RAK mens finishing time was 58:52, run by Patrick Macau in 2009.

The women followed not that far behind in 2011 with a time of 65:50 run by Mary Keitany and it was in the RAK half marathon that year that she claimed this world record time.

Some seriously hard-core running right there!

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Last race of the season

Yup, the weather is officially too hot now to run outside – even going at night, or before the sun’s up in the mornings, it’s just way too sticky and humid.

But I could not let the season finish without one last race.

It’s a great race. It’s part of an annual race series which consists of 5 races between October and May. There is a 4km or an 8km option, and I always do the 8km. It’s organised by a company called Supersports Dubai, and they have a partnership with Jumeirah Beach Hotel so each race takes place along the footpath that runs along the hotels beach’s edge. It’s gorgeous! It is usually a fairly small race with  only  about 100 runners – including some top athletes who are an absolute inspiration to watch as they fly around their second lap when I’m only on my first! – but this past weekend they had over 480 runners enter into the 4km and 8km combined. Although it must have been great for them to have that many, I personally found it quite frustrating at the start to work my way through the runners along the small foot path. Anywho…

For this last race of the season, my friend SDB ran with me. We’ve only run this race  together once before so I was really looking forward to doing it again. I was also really excited about it because I was going to be testing out my miCoach in the run – since my attempts to use it during training the past week failed completely!

I picked her up at her place at 6:15 and we headed off to the race starting point. With stretching out of the way, we lined up for the start just before 7am, and headed off as the gun (well, Warren’s “GO!”) went off. I was aiming for a sub 48 minute time so knew that I needed to keep my pace up slightly… I started off at what felt like a decent pace, but not pushing myself too hard in the beginning as I thought I’d try rather pushing at the end. Reaching the halfway and then the 5km mark was fine – everything felt great. But then at 6kms, I don’t know what happened… I just started feeling like I was not in it anymore. I slowed down a bit and just kept going, and finally crossed the finish line in 49:05. My slowest time EVER 😦 I guess I only have myself to blame for ignoring  training over the last few weeks; not eating properly the night before (“It’s only an 8km”, I say…); and not eating my usual pre-race breakfast of 1 boiled egg mixed with some mayo on toast. Never gonna do that again!

And the next disappointment – my miCoach did not save the workout… I have no idea why, but when downloading the data, it is not showing this run at all. Looks like I need to do a lot more practicing with this thing! I’ll keep you updated on the progress of it, but for now my running shoes are going to be packed away until about August / September when the weather starts cooling down again. Hello gym and gym-bicycle!

     

     

My miCoach

I have finally done it! I’ve used my miCoach that I won in FEBRUARY!

I know, I know – I have not done much running (or even blogging about it) for a long time now… My last post was in February!

I have (mostly) valid excuses for that though… since that post I have been out of the country more than in; I’ve been getting myself (sort of) settled in my apartment; I’ve been on holiday back home where I caught up with friends I haven’t seen in absolute yeeears; I’ve had mom and James visit for 2 nights on their way home; I’ve had a drink named after me – a Hazelbeee 🙂

Hazelbeeee

Hazelbeeee

The weather has been really good to us for the last week or so and I had every intention of getting in a few runs this week in preparation for a race on 4th May, but alas! I have not really had the chance for numerous reasons (don’t even get me started!)

And so admittedly, my use of the miCoach has not been as successful as I would have liked – but it is unpacked, manual has been read and my profile has begun online…. I’ve even got a “fake” workout in my history when I was testing the thing out (sitting at my desk LOL). I did try use it for kickboxing during the week but I did not have any earphones or anything in when starting it up so I did not hear the prompts and quite possibly did not press the right button at the right time to get the thing going. Harumph 😕

However, I am going to wear it for my race on Saturday and will report back. Watch this space 🙂