This has to be one of my favorite events on the racing calendar in Dubai. Dubbed the most beautiful half marathon, The Dubai Creek Striders Marathon started by one of the oldest running clubs in Dubai takes you around a scenic 21km run across the Creek taking you through the older parts of Dubai that most people wouldn’t normally venture to.
Everything about the race is just fantastic. The price tag for the race is a bargain at $60 which gets you a fantastic race bag with lots of goodies including a technical tshirt and also includes a great post race breakfast.
Until a few weeks ago I wasn’t sure of running this race as I had a slight knee pain which forced me to pull out of the Nike 10krun, and also days before the race I was battling a bad cold and throat pain which I knew could get worse if it wasn’t treated well. Thankfully all went well and I was fit enough to race on the day.
I got up really early at 3:30am & had 500ml of water and made my breakfast which included weetabix with milk and Peanut Butter with blueberry jam on toast and one banana. I arrived early enough to the venue which gave me about enough time to take a nap for an hour in my car!
With about 20 mins to go to get to the start line, I managed to find a group that would be aiming to finish in 2 hours with their pacer.
My goal was to finish in a time of 2hr 10min.
The gun went off and we were off.
I started off slow and steady. I’m glad I decided to stick with the 2hr pacer. He kept me from slacking when I felt I shouldve slowed down. I ran my fastest ever 10k in more than 2 years. We were on track to finish in under 2 hrs. I hoped I could keep up with my pacer which was key to me finishing ahead of my initial estimate.
I managed to stay strong till the end and sprinted off in the final 2km finally finishing with a time of 1hr and 57 minutes. A new PB!
I treated myself to a nice big breakfast at the post race brekky venue at QD’s.
Truly a great day out. Well organized, fantastic support staff. Two thumbs up to all involved. Definitely look forward to doing this again next year.