Running - MdS 2013

Looking back with our second Marathon des Sables medals now safely removed from proud necks, bodies (if not all race kit!) clean, swollen legs and feet receding to normality it seems almost surreal to think this time a week ago we were sitting happily in the dirt by the marathon stage finish line cheering all and sundry home after a liberatingly filthy week in the dust, wind and sweat of the far reaches of a Moroccan desert.

For us mere mortals the true test of the Marathon des Sables isn't necessarily about who can run the fastest from point a to but but truly about meeting the challenges the Sahara throws up at you .. be it blisters,dehydration, sunstroke, diarrhoea, sickness, exhaustion, injury, eating crap expedition food, sleeping rough on a bed too short and too hard or just being downright filthy. All of these things are ever present and it is simply about how you face and battle past them that counts in the end. THAT is what running the MdS is all about.

It is the management of the race, yourself and the supplies on your back that interact to make or break your week. What you take or leave: what can be lived without for the sake of weight to speed your pace. Everything from when to drink to how many squares of toilet paper can be used with each visit to the loo. Every little aspect affects your outcome.

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