Dubai Marathon, Wadi Bih Run and other UAE fitness events to look forward to in January and February

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Are you competing in any fitness events in January and February?

Here’s our top five to get involved in!

URBAN-ULTRA BIG STINKER

Friday, January 18

If you are ready for a serious challenge then this may well be the event for you.

Described as one of the toughest solo footraces in the UAE, the Urban-Ultra Big Stinker has three distances available for competitors – 15km, 30km and 45km.

Wanting to test your fitness after the New Year – then this is a must.

START TIME: 7AM
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Big Stinker

STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON
Friday, January 25

Over 30,000 runners are expected to take part across Marathon, 10km and 4km Fun Race distances on January 25 – the most ever to participate in the Dubai event.

Registration is still open if you wish to participate or you can still go down and watch some of the best athletes in the world in action.

In the last edition of the race, Mosinet Geremew and Roza Dereje clinched men’s and women’s titles.

START TIME: 6.30AM
MORE INFO: Dubai Marathon
WADI BIH RUN
Friday, February 1 

The profile of the Wadi Bih has increased rapidly since its inception in 1993, and this year’s 50km and 72km routes will be as tough as it gets, as tarmac roads and graded grave tracks will be part of the challenges that take you through the picturesque Hajar Mountains.

The run starts and finishes in Dibba, with the beautiful mountain surroundings of Oman serving as an ideal setting to a gruelling race. It will be an unforgettable experience!

START TIME: From 4.30am (depending on the distance)
MORE INFO: Wadi Bih Run

RAK HALF MARATHON
Friday, February 8

UAE’s premier road race returns for its 13th edition.

Since being launched in 2007, the event, which has become one of the most popular sporting competitions in Ras Al Khaimah, has gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of competitive and community runners.

And with this year’s fast track, you can look forward to witnessing an exciting race!

START TIME: 6.45AM
MORE INFO: Rak Half Marathon

URBAN-ULTRA HAJAR 50 & 100
Friday, February 15Challenge yourself on the beautiful ultra-trail 50km or 100km trail run through the mountain passes, along jeep tracks, through boulder ravines and over spectacular sand dunes of Ras Al Khaimah.

It is a tough challenge and requires training, but generous cut-off times (24hrs overall) allow most physically fit, determined and well-prepared runners to get to the finish.

START TIME: 6.45AM
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Hajar 50 & 100

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The top-10 tips for Dubai Marathon runners

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Will you be taking in the iconic views of the Dubai Marathon?

The the start of the 2018 Dubai Marathon gets ever closer, we teamed up with Runderwear to help you be ready for the big day.

Here are Runderwear’s top ten tips for preparing on race day

Don’t try anything new on race day

  1. Race day preparation begins before race day

Preparation for race day, especially a marathon, begins with all those long hours and long runs that you have done in your training plan. The important thing now is that all of that preparation does not go to waste. You will know what shoes, socks, vest, shorts and chafe-free running underwear  you are going to use. It is not recommended to go out and buy anything new in race week. You should have practiced in your race day kit several times before the race; it should be comfortable and familiar. Don’t be tempted to try the latest gimmick!

It is highly recommended to have a stress- free day the day before your big race. Try and avoid situations that will cause you stress or anxiety, and make a point of leaving work early if you can, get home and relax and do all those little things to get race ready in good time. Relax, stay off your feet if you can, turn off the social media and prepare yourself mentally for the race. Visualise crossing the finishing line in your target time.

  1. Read the race pack

It sounds obvious but so many people do not read the race instructions, which for most races is either online or printed out and in your race bag. It is your responsibility to know at what time the race starts. If something is not clear or you have a query, email or call the event organisers. It is a good idea to read the race pack thoroughly and make sure that you are racing the right distance and in the correct category

  1. Know the course

It is your responsibility to know the course so read the race pack carefully and know if it is one loop, two loops, etc. Look at where the aid stations are and plan your nutrition strategy accordingly.

  1. Know where to park

Again it sounds obvious but at some of the bigger races in Dubai there is just not enough parking at the race venue, for example, at the Creek Striders Half Marathon, the overflow car park is Deira City Centre shopping mall – a ten minute walk from the race village. Plan where you will park, give yourself plenty of time, and ensure you arrive stress-free on race day. The last thing you want to be doing before your race is trying to find a car parking space. If in doubt, take a taxi!

  1. Race pack collection

Something we always recommend that you do before race day. Most big races offer a couple of pick up points, and the bigger ones don’t allow collection on the day. Get your race bag in plenty of time and make sure you have your timing chip and race bib, that they have your name on it, and that you are in the correct race and category so you are ready to go.

  1. The little things

These include safety pins, a race belt, nipple plasters and whatever else you need for your race. Make sure you have either pinned your bib number to your vest in advance or use a race belt. If you are running a half or full marathon, we highly recommend the use of nipple plasters – you can normally pick up some for free at the Runderwear tent in the race village.

  1. The night before

Ensure you have a race day checklist! It may sound a bit nerdy, but it’s a de-stresser, the pros have them, and it will ensure that you don’t forget anything. Lay everything out and tick it off against your race day checklist. Do your last stretching and rolling session – not too much but just enough. Get an early night. Eight hours of solid sleep will put you in a good place for your race – just don’t forget to set your alarm!

  1. Race day arrival

Having worked back from race start, your warm up, arrival, parking and travel will probably be between 2 – 2.5 hours before the big race. Remember the old adage; DON’T DO ANYTHING NEW ON RACE DAY. Arrive in plenty of time and keep calm and avoid stress. Eat your normal race day breakfast, which would probably be some brown toast and honey about two hours before the race start, a banana about 45 mins before the race start, and a gel around 15 minutes before the off.

  1. Warm up

Warm up and stay warm. For races in January in Dubai it can be cold, and you will get cold just standing around. Make sure you keep warm in a tracksuit and undertake some dynamic stretches, stride-outs and mobility exercises. Don’t do static stretches and don’t do anything you haven’t done before just because you saw somebody else doing it.

  1. Clothing

One last tip is to take an old T-shirt that you don’t mind losing to wear while you wait in the funnel for the race start. Having dropped your bag at the Bag Drop or with your loving support crew, it can be quite cold while you wait for the race to begin. Sometimes races are delayed while the authorities close the roads, so keeping warm and conserving energy is a must.

Now it just remains to have a great race knowing you’ve prepared all you can!  For more information and advice, visit www.runderwear.ae

 

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All over the world people will be getting up on Tuesday morning to set new goals for the next twelve months.

Most of these goals won’t be followed beyond January, but why not make 2019 different, and discipline yourself to stick to your various targets.

Nothing beats trying, so don’t feel disheartened if some of them look over-ambitious on paper.

Here are seven targets to consider!

SET GOALS

You can’t achieve a goal without setting one. This can be anything from going to the gym three times a week, eating better or getting involved with a sports club.

When goals are written down on paper, you’ll have a clearer focus of what you want to achieve.

BE REALISTIC

If you’re aiming to exercise regularly then set realistic objectives.

It’s useless penning a training schedule of four sessions per week if you were only training one day a week prior to this.

Start going to the gym and see how it fits into your working week, and then set a realistic target around it.

SLEEP

Sleep is integral to how you feel on a daily basis.

If you have a lack of sleep, then this will limit your productivity and overall feeling in and out of the workplace.

Sleeping allows for muscle recovery and keeps you in tip top shape mentally.

Make one of your resolutions going to bed earlier.

ELIMINATE BAD FOODS

We all love to tackle the occasional bag of Maltesers and a double cheese burger meal with extra fries at McDonald’s, but 2019 is the time to reduce the amount of bad food that you eat.

It’ll only make you feel worse and have a bad impact on your well-being.

Eat well, feel sharp and maximise your productivity!

TAKE UP A NEW ACTIVITY

Are you bored of doing the same thing? Try a new activity and keep your mind active.

There’s definitely something you’ve had a burning desire to try for a while so January is the time to give it a go.

It could be anything from attending a yoga class to getting involved in a game of basketball or football with friends once a week.

Now is the time.

REPLACE THE LAPTOP WITH A BOOK IN THE EVENING

Many of us sit on the laptop for hours in the evening scrolling down through the home page on Facebook or reading irrelevant websites, so why not make 2018 the year when you start educating yourself and reading some books or trying an online course.

BE A BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF

Nobody can fault you for being yourself, so carry yourself in that manner whether it’s on the football field on a Monday night or in the workplace.

Embrace failure and keeping trying to get the best out of yourself on a daily basis.

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