After careful consideration (read: a long run of 15k done over a month ago, followed by only about 4 runs in the past month), I have decided that I will not be participating in the Egyptian Marathon.
However, with an overnight train ticket and two nights in a hotel booked, both non-refundable, I will be doing the so-called “Luxor-Run” this Friday, an almost half marathon distance race of 22.289km. Yes: 22.289km.
I feel kind of lame that I’m in Egypt and yet couldn’t get myself together enough to run the marathon that I’m already registered for. On the other hand, I expected to have more free time than I did. I had none. I’ve been lucky to sleep 5 hours a night for the past three weeks and my whole time here has been full of junk food and stress.
To give you an example, I arrived in Cairo with 16 students. Yet 14 students showed up for the bus to the airport. The other two had gone missing, somewhere in Cairo, and were nowhere to be found and without cell phones.
So, it’s an easy half-marathon instead for me, once I hear back from the race director to confirm my registration change. I don't think it will be a problem. Each of the races, whether 10k, 22k, or 42k, is considered a "marathon" in their parlance.
I can’t complain: it’s supposed to be in the low 80s this weekend in Luxor and my hotel, which is on a secluded island, has an infinity pool that looks out over a gorgeous part of the Nile River. And also, a guaranteed PR at the 22.289km distance!