Finally, I have taken the time to sit down and examine my motives for taking on such a challenge. I share them here for anyone who is thinking about running Marathon des Sables, for those who are just interested in knowing why some of us do what we do and for those who have signed up for next year’s event and just can’t read enough about it. But most importantly I wrote this for myself, as a reminder of what an awesome adventure Marathon des Sables is.
At the end we’re given a medal, a bottle of water and a kiss from Patrick, the organiser! Then it’s over.
Day 2 was hot. Very hot. The sort of hot you do not go out in. Of course it didn’t start out that way, first thing in the morning: then it’s really quite nice. A good holiday sort of temperature. A nice 20 minute walk and then a dip in the pool sort of heat. Except day 2 is 7 hour toil across scalding salt flats, with a lovely hour-long 25 degree hill to climb (ropes needed in places) at the hottest time of the day.
I will assure you that, for me, running the Sahara Desert is not about the running.