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Thursday Morning Run - March 22, 2012
Written by Jay Fares   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:02

Thursday Morning Run - March 22, 2012

This morning, at about 5:15, I went on an early morning run for eight miles covering the Peninsula and Golf Course loops. Yesterday evening I was unable to run with the group, so I had to go on my own this morning to satisfy the weekly mileage target set for me by the coach. Now that he has promoted me to the "3 minute pack", I hope he doesn't increase this target.

In the morning the weather was perfect for running with sporadic light drizzle of rain/mud from the sky accompanied with cool breathes blowing from the desert. I completed the Peninsula loop but was still not satisfied. So I had to continue on to the Golf Course loop just for one reason and one reason only. I had to pass by the 4K XC course, which I am starting to fall in love with! Yes, this is the place where I received my first medal for placement, not just for completing a race. Before last Tuesday and receiveing a medal for finishing third in the 4K XC race, I used to vehemently hate the place. I always walked slowly from the parking lot crossing the road to the race starting point, with my stomach tied in knots with worry and apprehension.

Now I am in love with the place!

I am seriously considering leaving my Marjan dwelling and pitching a tent on the rocky outcrops above the course and living there. Yes - If you see a gray tent pitched there while driving on Golf Course Road, it will be my tent. Don't hesitate to pass by for some Arabic coffee and dates, but off course you have to run at least one loop of the course before you will be served.

It seems we can't bond with a place without sweat and tears, and this course has given me plenty. Perhaps this is why we love our children so much? Is it that we love them only because we work so hard to raise them? I do terribly miss mine but I know they are ready for life. I have prepared them well! Coach I am ready for stage two, but I am scared. Have you prepared me well? Fellow runners of the "3 minute pack" are you willing to take me in?

I love running!

I love this group!

Photographs from Wellness Running 4K Cross Country - March 20, 2012

1. Jihad Mekhael Fares
2. Jihad Mekhael Fares

Data for this Friday morning run is at the URL:

Last Updated on Friday, 23 March 2012 12:22
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