The Dubai Marathon is an annual long distance race held in Dubai, UAE, usually in January. In April 2007, it was announced that the 2008 marathon would get the world’s richest marathon event in history, with $1,000,000 offered for a world record and $250,000 for first place for both the men and women.
The 2012 edition proved to be one of the fastest finishing fields at that point: a record of four athletes ran under two hours and five minutes. Ayele Abshero won in a course record time of 2:04:23 hours, which was the fourth quickest on the all-time lists and the fastest time ever run by an athlete on their marathon debut.
In the 2013 edition, the founder of DubaiBlog is taking part in the 42km race; he just started his training in Malta, where he spent 6 weeks for a project. It will be a great occasion to report about this fantastic and popular event, taking place in Dubai. The marathon will be held on January, 25th 2013.
Taking part in a professional marathon can take a toll even on people who jog regularly or walk long distances, especially in Dubai with high temperature and high level of humidity. One needs to be fit – mentally as well as physically – with proper nutrition-packed diet to keep you going.
Your training time, type and intensity depend on the distance you are gearing up for. Do remember not to pay too much attention to the speed, during the race: it’s a long distance race and it’s better to save energy you can use during the second 21 kms, than getting exhausted after the first 21.
Proper nutrition and hydration builds stamina, a strong immune system and can ensure a good performance. Eat right when you train to run a marathon: ideally, at least 60 percent carbohydrates should make for a runner’s meal plan.
A good pair of running shoes is a must. Remember, a shoe made for long distance running is quite different from a shoe made for tennis, basketball, jogging, cross training or short-middle distance races.
The climate of Dubai is an arid subtropical climate because of its location within the Northern desert belt. The weather in Dubai can bring short and irregular rainfall as is typical for the Middle East between December, January, February and March. In January the average maximum daytime temperature in Dubai is 24 °C (75 °F); the average rainfall is 10 mm (0.4 inches) of, with rain generally falling on just two days of the month.
During the summer season, a low pressure area develops over Dubai forcing strong north-westerly winds to blow from Saudi Arabia. These winds, also known as Shamal (north) in Arabic, become gusty and unpredictable on reaching Dubai. Shamal boost up the desert sand and reduce visibility and the sandstorms may last for several days.
On January 28, 2011 (one week after the marathon) a sandstorm hit Dubai for a short time. Wear your sunglasses to protect your eyes and be ready to wear a bandana to protect your nose and mouth from the sand.
Five tips from DubaiBlog:
1. Don’t push yourself too hard, especially if it’s your first race in Dubai and you are not used to that hot arid climate
2. Get good shoes – they make a big difference – but do not use them for the first time on the day of the race
3. Train yourself outdoor
4. Careful about food, eat lots of good quality carbs
5. Drink plenty of fluid to avoid compromising your health