Well, it's already Sunday afternoon here in Dubai, the whole time difference is still kind of weird, thinking that it is the middle of the night back home. Another thing that is different is that here the week begins on Sunday, so it is crazy busy around here as everyone gets started with their week.
So let me get this straight...in Dubai it's possible to have a case of the Sundays?
Darcy headed off to the Gulfood trade show this morning, and I went off to get in a long run. Well, sort of. Since I'm meeting up with the Dubai Creek Striders club for a run later, I kept this one short. Then again, with all of the walking I did to and from the park it probably adds up to a long run already!
I must say, the part of Dubai that I am in isn't the most runner-friendly in terms of having paths and places to run. Maybe in another part of town that might be the case, but in some places here there aren't even sidewalks! So if I want to run I need to make the trek to Al Barsha Park, which is a couple of miles from our hotel.
We took a cab down there last night just to see where it was, and I decided to get in some more steps and walk over there this morning. It wasn't too bad of a walk, about 30 minutes each way, and since it is sunny and in the low 70s I didn't mind.
It is pretty amazing, I must say. This afternoon I'm just going to jump on the metro and hop off whenever I see something interesting.
Back to my run. Al Barsha Park is a pretty neat place, there is a big pond in the middle, lots of places for kids to play (in fact there were schools there on field trips today), not to mention tennis courts, basketball courts and a small turf soccer field.
But to me, the centerpiece of the whole park is the running path that goes around it. The path is pretty close to perfect, it's 1500 meters around with markings every 100 meters (which will be great for intervals on Tuesday), and the path itself has a rubberized layer on top of the asphalt to make it a softer run.
I felt pretty good overall, and got my first taste of the concept of a "dry heat". With the humidity pretty low here, of course, I was warm -- and sweaty -- but still comfortable. A little bit of a breeze helped too. By comparison, Puerto Vallarta, where I visited six weeks ago, was oppressive, even at the same temperature. Kind of crazy.
You'll find a few more pictures of the park at the bottom of this post. There are a couple I had in mind but forgot to take, but I guess those can be in a post for later this week.
I'll probably go to the park at least two more times, for my speedwork on Tuesday night and a club run on Wednesday, and I'm looking forward to going back and enjoying the park.
Later on today the club group run will be near the Jumeirah hotel complex near the Persian Gulf. I'm looking forward to running there as I've seen photos and it looks pretty amazing. But for now it's time to do some more exploring.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!