sahara desert

I'm not sure what possessed me to enter Marathon Des Sables other than a wish to have a long term goal to build towards. An opportunity to do something that would test my mettle, mind and sportsmanship.
life less ordinary banner Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I first saw the empty infinity stretch out in front of me. I could hear it goading me. What right do you have to be here! It shouted. This was mankind's most deadly theatre. It had consumed armies; halted dictators and sucked the life out of the unprepared. It was going to chew me up and spit me out. It told me it would destroy me. It would spare my life but not my dignity. I nodded politely but then stared it down, hard. I had other ideas. "Let's see", I said, as I turned and walked back down the hillock of sand (I tripped a little as I got to the bottom).
According to the Discovery Channel, MDS is the toughest footrace on earth. Starting on April 7th, we participants will attempt to run 6 stages, the longest of which is an 80km run, walk, stumble. It's not for the faint hearted, however, as I'm regularly told it's all about the preparation.
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