Hi, looking at a few ideas for a marathon early next year, anyone run Dubai?
never been so would like to combine with a holiday, anyone done it and recommend it?
not done it, but I'm thinking about it too
I did Dubai this year.
I combined a 3 day mini break with the Marathon.
It is highly recommended! I arrived in on the Tuesday night. Got up at 5am after a few hours sleep to go running.. Did 10k or so to get into the time zone/eating early etc.
That day, went to pick up the number from a hotel; great atmosphere, sharing a lift with the Ethiopian elites!
The next morning, started the day early again and ran a few miles with some strides.
we went out for a full day trip to the East Coast... Ate some great food on a beach, the came back for an early night.
didnt pan out..the hotel was a nightmare; the room was above a nightclub.
didnt get any sleep...got up at 4am after a max of 2 hrs sleep..I was really worried I might die as never run a marathon before and I felt seriously sleep-deprived after 3 bad nights and the time difference.
The atmosphere sat the race was amazing..fog kept the temperatures down ( 15 degrees at start)..
The race was great; flat as a pancake.. Was great for concentrating on pace..
This was my first marathon so unsure about how I would feel. Took it easy for the first 32k only after then I started to increase the pace.
Finished in 2:57, felt I could have gone a lot quicker..
Was a good race... Not too many people, but great support along the course.
If you haven't been to Dubai before; it's worth a visit, even if just to be awed by man's architectural achievements.
thanks Tim, good info!
Cheers, really helpful.
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