I had hoped to run on Friday morning, but I was catching an 11 a.m. flight to Frankfurt Germany and just didn't get out of bed at 5:30 to make it happen. Its 45 minutes to the airport in Kyiv so the time would have been run at 6 finish around 7, get ready, find a taxi leave at 8:30 for the airport. So, me and the alarm clock did not get along so I didn't run. My day was spent walking airports. I flew from Kyiv to Frankfurt, a badly designed festival that required about 2 km of walking just to get from my first plane, out of the security area, to the Qatar Airways counter to get my next tickets then a train to the next terminal then another 1 km walk to the gate.
Frankfurt to Doha Oman on Qatar Airways was almost 7 hours and then I did the sprint with a one hour transfer window to catch a flight to Muscat, Oman.
I'm in Muscat Oman doing a quality assessment of the Foundation Programme of the College of Banking and Finance. Basically determining how to improve the English language training for Omani nationals.
I started work on Saturday at 7:30 after getting in the bed at 3 a.m. First things first. It is HOT! I lived in Saudi Arabia for a year plus another 6 months in the military, but I am spending some time reacclimating. That is to say drinking water constantly.
After working all day I decided to fore go running outside, I didn't feel acclimated yet so I went to the hotel gym and ran on this great treadmill for 10k. It had a television and the Doha Diamond League meeting was on. Its nice to run slowly on a treadmill and watch Kenyans run under 8 minutes for a 3000m Steeplechase! All in all it was a nice slow run, bu there was a mirror there and all I can say is I look fat and out of shape. I also did core exercises yesterday.
Today I went for a run outside. You might remember I blogged about running in strange cities and how interesting it is. Nothing different here. I had a basic route mapped out, but then that all changes with construction. So I just ran a bit and there was a mix of trails, grass, dirt, marble, brick and asphalt. The statistic of the day 38 C or 100.7 F! Hot, not humid, windy, and dry. You just can't run quick in that weather, you've got to stay calm and remember where you are. It is like orienteering.
A very nice run. So, 4 days, 3 runs, two countries. Nice.