Great news! We know you’ve all been waiting for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon to come back so here it is! It’s official, the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is confirmed to come back this 30th of October 2022! We know that running a half marathon always require dedication, commitment and preparation. If you’re not a regular marathon runner, here’s our guide to the do’s and don’ts when preparing for a half marathon in Dubai. 

#1: Don’t overtrain for the half marathon.

Should you run as fast and as far as you can every day to prepare for the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon? Big no. If you overtrain, you’ll increase the likelihood of becoming drained and injured. Start training months before the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon so you can slowly increase your mileage and duration. Remember, running a half marathon is not just simply running. It’s a combination of running, proper nutrition and strength work. It’s important to listen to your body and set aside some time for rest days to help your body recover. 

#2. Don’t change your diet drastically.

Some people think that losing weight before a marathon will make them lighter and run faster. As a result, they cut too many calories and change their diet drastically. That causes a big problem since overdoing your diet will only negatively affect your health and your performance. Plan your meals to ensure that you have a well-balanced diet and don’t forget to treat yourself from time to time. 

#3. Don’t skimp on sleep.

Sorry to break it to you but if you aren’t getting enough sleep, you still won’t be able to do your best in the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon no matter how hard you’ve trained for it. We know you’re tired of hearing this but always aim for 7-9 hours of sleep! Why? This is because our body restores itself when we are asleep. Successful athletes prioritize sleep as it aids recovery and not only that, it also rebuilds muscles and cells.

#4. Do consider getting a health check-up.

If you’ve never run a half marathon in Dubai before, schedule a check-up with a doctor. Running a half marathon is no joke. It’s crucial to check if you have no underlying health problems that could jeopardize your overall health. If you have a heart or lung condition, we suggest joining a shorter run instead. The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon also have 5km and 10km races available during the same day.

#5. Do buy new running shoes and outfits. 

If you don’t have any running shoes or attire, buy it at least 2 weeks before the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon. This will give you enough time to try and ensure that what you’ll wear during the half marathon is appropriate for running long distances. We also highly advise that never try out any new shoes and clothes during the day of the half marathon race as it may lead to injuries, pain and discomfort. 

#6. Do have fun!

It’s easy to compare yourself with other runners and get overwhelmed by all the people during the actual event. Just remember that as long as you have proper preparation, you’ll be alright! We know it can get intimidating to run with others but focus on yourself and enjoy it! Besides, The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is here to ensure that everyone is having a fun and memorable experience.

Join us at Mai Dubai City Half Marathon on 30th of October 2022. Challenge yourself and unlock your potential by registering today. Everyone who registers this month will get a 15% off discount to the Mai Dubai City Half Marathon, so don’t wait too long!

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