What a Day! Recollections from First Marathon– 21 October 2018

More like Marathon Week really! Few days before the Amsterdam marathon on Sunday 21 October 2018, I flew from hometown in Cairo where temperatures were still around late 20s and early 30s Celsius, to Amsterdam where temperatures were dropping fast to 10s and 7s at night! Upon arrival on the 18th, I was already feeling... Continue Reading →


Last Midnight Flight… At Least for Now!

My marathon journey is ending here... With the trip back from Amsterdam to Cairo. I have very mixed feelings: there's the thrill and victory... And also the questions. There's a new realization of strength within... And also a responsibility. There are no coincidences!As I get ready to get into bed after another midnight flight, I... Continue Reading →

In Short: I MADE IT

Yes... That's me! Under 5 hours!! Totally burnt out, barely walking after the finish line! Holding my medal during a celebration dinner later with sister and friends.

Tomorrow is the day!

My gear is all set...bib.. clothes... shoes.. basically my mind made up on all details as much as possible! I spent the day around the city with my sister and her friends, then lunch with a lovely lady from my previous life, before indulging in homemade pasta for dinner followed by cookies! I resisted hard... Continue Reading →

Counting down …. NINE DAYS TO GO!

This morning ‘long run’ is the last in this episode! The 14 k were completely different from any other run! I had agreed with my sister we’d be doing it together. She didn’t think after her long break and twisted ankle that she would ever complete any runs, but she did 12 with me!!!! Those... Continue Reading →

Watch out for 13705 :)

I just received my bib number for Amsterdam marathon ... 🙂 so exciting! Almost unbelievable how these months have passed so quickly and it's under 3 weeks now. Track the runner folks .. I want to hear the cheering!!

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