Had an OK sleep, lots of noise in a camp of 200 people so woke up a few times. My legs feel better than expected. Can recall recovering from a training run up and down Wadi Bih with my legs killing the next day. Thanks to Lisa’s great advice I added Arnika Gel to my pack, for a much needed leg rub at the end of the day. And it works.
Quick recap from yesterday; tough first day due to the heat. We ran thru stunning green valleys with a Chinese version of lavendel, smelled so nice.Top guys where expected in at 3hrs but it took Damon 4.01 hours to cross the finish line first, last guys came in at 8pm leaving them a blistering 12 hours on the course. Lots of hero stories around camp at night. Yesterday started with a great card from my lovely wife Kiki and I would like to share with you the cover:
live with intention
walk to the edge
play with abandon
choose with no regret
continue to learn
appreciate your friends
do what you love
live life as if this all there is
This morning 12noon finally we were off, they reduced the distance and we ran straight to cp 3, then cp 4 with finally camp Kazak. Flat, Short and Sweet. Started raining towards the end, I’m so not used to running in 13c. BBBrrrr! As you can imagine the cold weather road runners excelled at this stage…lots of Brits in front of me. Coming straight out of the UK winter, how can you train for the desert heat? Today no desert heat but freezing cold, I’m wearing all my clothes and still shivering. I’m looking forward to tomorrow a nice long stage and leaving the mountains behind us. Mentally prepping for the sand dunes scheduled for day 4.
They’ve been struggeling to get connected to the satelite so no incoming messages to read. Missing it already.
With a shortish day everyone at camp is at good spirit. The sun showed herself the first time today at 8pm, many ran out to dry their clothes in the bushes. Looking forward to a good night sleep, in my super bag…