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Flights all booked and training going well
24-Mar-2014 06:58:06 AM [(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat]

160 days to go as per the website - that’s not long  
Flights have been booked so can’t back out now!

Training is going well, the only issue I am finding is that Dubai is very flat and mostly concrete with patches of sand, and not much else. Went back to the UK for a short holiday a few weeks ago and did a training session there - I really felt the difference the next day after going up and down some hills! Have also started Pilates to help build up my core strength, it is amazing how such small moves can leave you sore for days. It seems to work though and it is nice exercising on a mat in one place rather than pounding the streets trying to hit my first 40km!
I realise that a 7 month intense training plan is not ideal if you are staring from zero, but I seem to have found my pace quite quickly and my legs and body feel strong so I am happy with how it is going. That said, I have had many blisters and am concerned that this may cause me trouble once the actual race starts. If anyone has any advice feel free to share it.

 

 

 

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Beth Barr

Posted: 05-Jun-2014 12:16:25 PM

For blisters... pretape - pretape - pretape.... and definitely read "fixing your feet" as Riitta suggests - I've actually downloaded the kindle version onto my itouch and it's coming with me to Madagascar :)

Riitta H

Posted: 24-Mar-2014 11:08:35 AM

Hi Paula, It was nice to read your blog update. Sounds like you have made great progress and now that the flights are booked you can focus on training. For blisters, I can't emphasise enough how important it is to take care of your feet before and during the race. Taping, double socking, anti-friction products etc can be helpful so try different things during your training. John Vanhof's Fixing your feet is a bible of foot care and can be very helpful when preparing for your first race: http://www.racingtheplanet.com/store/fixing-your-feet.html The course will have some sections with soft sand so if you are determined to keep sand out of your shoes, light gaiters are recommended. Hope this helps. I'm sure you will get blister tips from some of the competitors as well.

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