Monday, March 22, 2010

A 5K in the Desert

This picture helps you to visualize the mountains and the landscape.

Here you can see the road that we ran on. In this particular area, the road looks quite nice.

This is a good friend of mine and me, just after finishing the race.

I know it has been quite a long time since I posted, but I thought I would try to get my blog going again. For right now, I am going to try to post at least once a week, and hopefully, once the school year is over, I hope to be posting a lot more than that.

This past weekend was our school's annual "Run in the Desert". Our school coordinates it and we have a couple of schools and a couple of churches that participate. The younger kids run a 2K, while the older kids and adults run a 5K. The area we have it is called Wadi Digla. A "wadi" is a valley, and this particular valley just happens to be desert. As you can see from the pictures, there is lots of sand and rocks, surrounded on both sides by mountains.

The "race track" happens to be a road that runs right down the middle of the wadi. It is really rough running because there are rocks and bumps all over the place. Another difficult thing is when the wind blows. You have to be careful when this happens because the sand will blow right into your face, and boy does the wind blow.

This is the first year I have taken part in the race. I really was not sure, right up to the time the race was about to start, that I was going to run. But, I got in with the crowd, and before I knew it, I was running/walking right along with them. I am really glad that I did. I found out that it actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, and I actually enjoyed it. I don't know my actual time, but I know I came in 4th out of the 5 women that were in my age bracket. I'm hoping to be in better condition next year and run again, and who knows, maybe I could even win a medal.


  1. Jackie, lovely to see you back in the land of blogging again ! Well done on taking part in - and finishing - this race, and thanks for the lovely photos of the day, too :)

  2. Thanks Lynda. I have to say I have missed it, but I have also been very overwhelmed by teaching full time. Hope to be posting at least once a week for now.