I’ve been back in Dubai for a few weeks now and my training program for Mount Everest is in full swing.
Today I ran the Dubai Marathon, which is quickly becoming one of the more popular marathon races around the world – no least because of its US$250,000 price for the winner!
I managed to run only a handful of times since my return from Aconcagua, so for me the race was just about finishing it. The race started at 0700 this morning in the shadow of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, in +15C temperature, which for those of us used to the +30-40C temperatures felt a bit nippy.
I was a bit worried about not having had much time to train. I had to explain to a few friends that mountain climbing is very different and that I would have preferred to run uphill with a heavy backpack on – not on a flat ground
Anyways, I finished the marathon in just about 4 hours which is far from a great time, the Ethiopian winner logged 2 hours 4 mins, but it was good training and I look forward to training properly for a marathon later this year after I return from my remaining expeditions to Mount Everest and Denali.