This morning I managed to hit another milestone on the road to recovery – I completed an 8.5km run, without any walk breaks, and with zero pain or discomfort!
And it felt amazing! I loved every second of the run 😀
I woke up a couple of minutes before my alarm this morning and lay there for a few minutes while I waited for the alarm to go off… and then I hopped out of bed, got dressed and headed out the door. I was not going to allow any excuses today!
I had no distance plan in mind – I’ve been struggling far too much for that, recently – so I just headed out the door with the plan of ‘KEEP IT SLOW’ in mind. Down to the park, 4 laps to start off with.
As I ran into the park, I came up behind / next to another runner. We kept in line with each other for the first lap. Then the second. Then the third. I then realised that we were kinda pacing each other and it felt great. I decided that I’d aim for 5 laps. Did that. Then thought: hey, let’s get 6 done and then head back towards home and see how you’re feeling then… so I did that. We stayed together the whole time and as I was coming up to the end of my 6th lap, I moved to the right of the track towards the exit gate, and so did he – he was finished his run too! So we said hi, gave each other a hi-five, and I said “Thanks for the run” and carried on, on my way.
I neared home and had just passed the 6km mark, so I decided I’d do a big loop to get to 7km’s. And when I did that and was still feeling fab, I decided I’d loop again to aim for 8km’s… and eventually finished on 8.53km’s. Boy was I stoked with myself!
Now I just need to have a bunch more runs like this to get that motivation back completely…. and continue running through summer 🙂
Friday mornings have become one of my favourite times to run because it’s a run done with friends 🙂 Sometimes its not much fun setting my alarm for 6am (earlier than I do for work during the week!), but once I’m able to drag my butt out of bed and have that run behind me, it all becomes worth it.
And when I can pair that run with breakfast afterwards – well, there’s not much that can beat that!
So, this past weekend, Ellie, Sara & I headed out for our regular Friday run. We headed down to the beach track which we love, and enjoyed a really comfortable 7km’s at a fabulous conversational pace the whole way. Great catch up times 🙂
On the run we started talking about food – because, why else do we actually run so much?! 😉 – and this led to us agreeing to go for breakfast after the run. Ellie suggested a place just a few minutes from the beach, which was a perfect something new for the week 🙂
H.E.A.T – healthy eats and treats. A menu full of super healthy food, from breakfast items to steaks, burgers, smoothies and treats. And all super yummy and not so harsh on the wallet.
I try and avoid malls at all costs as I end up inevitably buying something that I don’t need… but when my friends Z & S said that they were going to be heading down to Yas Mall for something completely different, I jumped at the opportunity.
This was a chance to RUN through the mall! An organised race of either 2.5km’s, 5km’s or 10km’s. Your choice. Now this sounded like my kind of mall visiting 😉
So, this past weekend we headed down to Abu Dhabi on Thursday night to make a bit of a mini-break of it.
Abu Dhabi by night
Sunrise at our hotel 🙂
We didn’t necessarily get ourselves a very early night 😳 and had to be up at almost silly ‘o clock, but it wasn’t too much of a drama – our plan for this run was to take it easy and have a laugh – which is exactly what we did!
We ran at a very comfortable pace, chatting and laughing the whole way through the 2 laps… and finished in just under 30 minutes! Not bad for a laugh-a-minute, fun-run, silly morning out!
This was the inaugural race of its type and I must say, hats off to the organisers and the volunteers who made this morning extremely fun and memorable!
Ferrari World running
The registration and race-number collection was super simple and easy; the start line was well-organised; the track was laid out clearly through the mall, with volunteers to help guide you; the water stations were well-stocked (although we didn’t use them); and they had a big buffet breakfast available for runners after the race – although we ended up eating at Shakespeare & Co. so I cannot comment on what the food was actually like.
More breakfast buffet
Shakespeare & Co
Avo on toast
Most delicious croque monsieur I’ve ever tasted!
We all had a super fun morning out and would highly recommend this run to anyone who’s not tried it 🙂