This Week in Training


This week was a good week in terms of pace. I had 3 runs in total. A 7K at 00:35:51, A 14.3K at 01:18:51 (a bit slow due to the number of people and shisha in the area I was running) and this morning a 16K at 01:26:14. I ran the 16K with no music and had a good time trying to fine tune blatant mistakes with my running style such as landing with the outer part of my foot first and stomping. I think I won’t run with music again.

The 16K was tough for the first 3 Ks. I thought I was going to have an easier run, I mean, after all, I slept early, and had Korean noodles for dinner. Perhaps the 2 beers I had last night with dinner had something to do with it. Kyla and I went to a fantastic Korean restaurant in Barsha that I would recommend to anyone. It’s a small place packed with a lot of Koreans it really makes you feel you left Dubai for a bit.  

So back to running, I wanted to talk about the gear I run with. First off my favorite thing, my running shoes. I use Mizunos. They work for me. I like the stability, the weight, they get great circulation keeping my feet cool and dry and finally perhaps best of all they are cheap when compared to asics or other higher end brands. I got this pair and my new pair from leader sport for AED 300. Half the price of the asics I would have liked to get:


I run it long shorts and a regular cotton t shirt. I don’t like running gear, they may feel great but I’m not comfortable wearing them. I feel like a  stuffed sausage.

Next item, my running watch. Kyla got me the Polar RCX3 with the heart monitor and the stride sensor. The watch is great, it can measure speed, distance, cadence, calories, and a bunch of other things that I don’t understand or need. The watch with heart monitor and stride sensor was for AED1,190 which I think is reasonable. I tried running with my phone for a while but didn’t like the software or the inability to check it whenever I wanted. I also like the stride sensor since it can track your indoor treadmill runs considering it does not use GPS.


(Above; stride sensor connected to my shoe. Is water resistant and does not affect my run at all)


(Above: Heart rate monitor. Took a while to get used to but does not affect me. Also water resistant)


(Above: My running watch. Pretty small. I like it)

So with the watch after uploading my week’s runs below:

Running 12.11.2013 18:46

Running 13.11.2013 18:34

Running 15.11.2013 06:15

I just checked out my log since I got this watch (October 11, 2013):

21  training session

Duration (hh:mm) 18:32 (hh:mm)
Calories (kcal) 16546 (kcal)
Distance (km/mi) 210.11 (km)
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