The duo ran a total of 78km over 48 hours (Thursday to Saturday), equivalent to two marathons. Dr Solh, a maths professor at American University in Dubai, said the challenge was “more mental than physical”. He added: “It was about having the resilience to wake up at 2am or set out at 10pm to go for a run, come back, have very little time to rest and then go out and do it all over again.”
‘That’s our motto’
Sometimes the friends ran together; other times they ran solo. Their runs — each 6.5km leg taking about 45 minutes — took them to areas such as Kite Beach, Dubai Marina and Dubai Internet City Amphitheatre, among others.
Dr Solh, 46, said “anything is possible if you put your mind to it”. He added that he used to weigh 120kg and lost 29kg in two years after running, doing CrossFit, lifting weights, playing basketball and other activities. He also participated in Dubai Fitness Challenge last year, running 30km among 30 runners under an initiative led by him. “I find a lot of solace in running, it makes me feel free,” Dr Solh, who has been living in Dubai for over 12 years, said.
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