Dubai – M-Day less than 24 hrs
Good to great night’s sleep! Eyes closed quite early, for a normal day would be but even more strange for days before a run! Slept like a stone until 10:50pm (kids playing in the corridor woke me up). Did some mail reading and little chat and fell asleep like stone again until the clock rang at 6:30am. Up to fix my hair (so dry in one day in Dubai!), on with my running gear (hesitated between singlet and t-shirt and took the wrong alternative> the tshirt!). Ran from my hotel direction Jumeira Road, hoping to see a bit of the race route.
Got a beautiful sunrise in the buildings on the other side of the motorway. After a lot of turning around, finally got to Jumeira Road. Quiet surprinsingly, with signs of the future event of tomorrow (Route closed). Sunrise behind one of the several mosques close to Jamaica Road was really breathtaking (although not translating fairly into picture from my phone 😦 )
Back home, shower 1/3 of gatorade blue and direction breakfast room. Quite busy with lots of kids being here for an sport event I would guess. Was actually a bit hungry so fill in my plate with quite a lot (not for being at a hotel breakfast, but considering my stomach feeling for food lately…). Still did not chance on the milk and cereal so grab my cereals from home with my oat milk from home. So all-in-all it became: 2 glass of orange juice, one cup of tea, one orange in pieces, cereals+chocolate+oatmilk+banana, 2 small beef sausages, little scramble eggs (this might have been not too smart), a brown bread slice, one mini croissant and three mini-pains aux raisins.
Having a bit of time to kill, decided the plan for the day. Skipped to go to Dubai Mall (the pasta experience from yesterday was not that memory I wish to have from this Mall, but it will do for now… Have a few days left to get along with the Dubai Mall again 🙂 ). A bit of work (although most of the answers would be received probably later during the day as there are time differences to take into account!). Prepared my bag to go to the beach, planning to stay there all afternoon (well leaving at 11-ish to be back around 15-ish, as promised not to sunbath too much!). Took a cab to get there, not due to laziness (I did run to there earlier in the morning) but to save my legs. Get inside and found a nice spot on the sand. 1hour reading in front of the sea, busy beach but still quite comfortable for relaxing. Drank Gatorade orange during the day + water of course. Had 2 bananas on the beach as well as an apple and some crisps left from yesterday little bag.
At 12:45pm time to find a place for eating some rice: just on the other side of the Jamaica Beach Park was a restaurant called “Chilli”, where I found what I was looking for. It became chicken marinated in Margarita (!) with kind-of brown rice. Seemed quite a lot in the plate so definitely not doing the same as yesterday with the pasta, listening to the body when it felt full!
Then direction the beach again. Still drinking water and gatorade. Last banana eaten at 2:30-ish. Will be last food before tomorrow. Now focusing on water (I know, S, not too much!) and relaxing. Walked back to the hotel (loosing my way once more, making the walk a bit longer than expected… the day before a marathon!).Found the following article at the restaurant at lunch, talking about Dubai marathon:
and the “All-in” from Adidas (no ad in this post, just liking it):
And of course ending with a nice panorama of the buildings on the way to my hotel:
Now back at the hotel, chilling a bit. Will go for some more water bottles in a short while and thereafter no more news from me until after the race. Planning for the rest of the day is pretty simple: finalize the prep of my gear, check once more the marathon route, a bit of water drinking, a bit of reading and when feeling llike it a bit of sleeping. Tomorrow up planned for 3:00am for light breakfast. Will see how the whole thing goes. Having no real expectation now due to this dull past three days. Definitely no PB tomorrow. Hopefully completed marathon, in a correct time range AND not fainting of de-hydration after the race.
It will be a fast race tomorrow, both male and female athletes from the elite are very loaded and eager. Hopefully can see their back before we start 😉 You can follow the marathon in live streaming from the Dubai marathon website, from one hour before the start (i.e. streaming from 6:00am Dubai time = CET+3).
Dubai marathon: 13 hours left to go (when I press the button “publish”)…