Well done Dannirr. I saw that race on Strava, from the elevation profile it looked like a mini Down Run.
Back in the UK now. Swapped the rain for the cold. On Sunday I had a nice run in Malaga instead of the marathon. 14 miles, along the coast and back and then up a big hill to a castle and down into the city. Most enjoyable and I would like to come back and do the marathon some time.
Worked out well for you, RR. I went to the start for 9am but it was bucketing it down and a lot of the streets were under water. It's not bad in places so I should be able to do a short run later but it would have been dangerous for the race to go ahead.
I hadn't thought of running a marathon in Beirut but some people who went last year said it was fine and security was good. I had wanted to go for a while, so a marathon seemed like a good opportunity. It's a modern city and the downtown area where I was staying was full of high-end designer shops and there was a marina with massive yachts. The bullet-ridden former Holiday Inn is still in that area due to an impasses among the developers that own it, and there are occasional other buildings that look like relics of the civil war there but there has been a fair bit of development since. There is still high security now, with soldiers guarding the streets and there are areas of the country to be avoided but downtown Beirut is fine and, positively for me, there was plenty of clearly-marked vegan food, much better than in the U.K.. My next foreign one is Malaga.
I ran Beirut Marathon today. I had had in mind that, if I didn't get a Pen C time in Chicago, I could have another go here but I'm glad it didn't come to that, as it wasn't a quick course and I was happy with 3:55 or so, not pushing the pace. Lots of undulations and quite a warm day, so it would have been a good Comrades prep race if held a few months earlier.