This weekend I am off to the Musandam Peninsula of Oman. Separated from the rest of the country, it’s a small stretch of land with steep mountains dropping straight to the coast.
I’ll also be entering the Wadi Bih Relay Run, a 75km race through the Hajar Mountains around the UAE-Oman border. The race is entered by teams of five who split the distance up into about 15 short, fast sections. (A “wadi”, by the way, is the term for a dry river valley and they are responsible for many of Oman’s most beautiful sights and great days out.)
Laura and I will both be running with teams put together by the local Muscat Road Runners club which I’ve been out with most weeks. Musandam will be another great “tick” in the book of places to visit in Oman and entering a big race as part of a team is a great bonus.
I do actually have an injured foot at the moment. I’m not sure if you can sprain a toe or if it’s some kind of mild fracture but if I don’t jump or sprint and I keep the pressure on one side of my foot then running seems to be OK. Not a long term solution but hopefully enough to see me through my 15km.
Wish me luck!