Personal Best Running Times

5min 35sec (Abras Tracks, Dubai, May 2013)

The second time I ran a 1500m race, and I beat my previous PB by 11 seconds. Still not quite happy with the time. I thought I could go under 5:30. My speed is still not good enough for short races like this one. The weather was horrible though, very hot. 50m into the race my throat was very dry. It felt like someone was strangling me.

3000m: 11min 35sec (Abras Tracks, Dubai, May 2013)

Only once per year I get to run 3000m on a track. This was my second time and I improved my PB by a minute. 

5k: 20min 01sec (Autodrome 5k, Dubai, 11 December 2013)
This was a hilly course. All I had in mind was beating my 5k PB from April which was 20:20. I had no clue that I would be able to get that close to breaking the magic 20:00. From 19:45 onwards I could see the clock ticking away at the finish. I tried to make it but obviously just missed it. Damn!

10k: 40min 41sec (Abras 10k, Dubai, 03 January 2014)

Ideal conditions, 15 degrees, no wind and just 4 weeks to go to the Dubai marathon! The training has obviously kicked in. Shorter distances are just a breeze. This was one of a few races where I didn't check my Garmin all the time. I ran by feel, at a pace as fast as I thought I could sustain over 10k. It worked well, a PB by 40 seconds.

10 miles: 1h 20min 02sec (Donut 10 Dubai, 16 November 2010)
10 miles are not exactly my favorite distance. I rather do 10k or a Half Marathon. This one was particularly difficult as the course was hilly (something I am not used to at all) and I ran it with a stiff neck and couldn't see what was happening behind me. I think there are people that are still happy that they overtook me on the last meters before the finish. Nevertheless my best time over 10 miles. Probably because I was already training hard for the full marathon.

Half Marathon: 1h 30min 40sec (RAK Half , 14 February 2014)

A PB by more than 2 minutes. I shouldn't be complaining as it gets harder to shave off time the faster you get. It was definitely easier when my half marathon PBs were still in the 1:40s. But I so badly wanted to go sub 1:30. It was one of my toughest races, and also one of the least enjoyable. Perhaps that's the fate of running fast. But honestly, I think my racing tank is empty. The season has been very long.

Full Marathon: 3h 15min 37sec
(Dubai, 24 January 2014)

First prize for the Dubai Marathon was a 3:10 time. If that wouldn't happen, I thought I could at least do a sub 3:15 time after running 3:18 in Berlin just 4 months earlier. An ambitious goal nevertheless. This marathon was my toughest with being in pain from 10k onwards, and having thoughts of giving up between 20 and 30k. Many other runners seemed to be struggling. I still haven't quite figured out why as the weather wasn't too bad for Dubai standards. I didn't meet my goals but got a PB. A PB is faster than ever before. That can't be a walk int he park, can it?!

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