This was my first race in Dubai. May is never really a good time to run in this part of the world, and understandably it was the last race of the season. Chris and I decided to take part at the last moment. He picked me up from my hotel in Deira and we drove to Jumeriah for the start. The race was quite nice, set at the back of Mina Seyahi resort. It was 3K track covering Mina Seyahi & Westin Hotel and we had to run around a little more than 3 times to complete the race. I was pretty unfit for the race, had reached 200 lbs before arriving in Dubai. The one mistake I did before the race was to eat a full shawarma early in the morning. During the first 5K’s, all that meat and naan restricted my movement and felt pain while running. Afterwards, the pain subsided and I was able to gather some pace and momentum. Also, 39 degree Celsius at 7am didn’t help either. However, I did manage to complete the race in a little over an hour. The medal was quite ordinary but the all in all, it was a fun race and I enjoyed my debut run in UAE.
Ziyad Rahim is an adventure-runner from Pakistan. He currently holds 10 Guinness World Records in long-distance running, ranging from marathons to ultra-marathons.