Marathon des Sables

A mate has asked me to do the Marathon des Sables with him in 2007. Sounds like a good idea and I've said yes. Has anyone out there done it before and got any admin and or training tips for tackling this "wee jog, it'll be like running on a beach"?


I am looking at doing it myself, so anything that you do find out, please post it.
Done similar races but not MdS (Yet). The old adage applies Train Hard... Fight Easy...

1. Load up mileage gently and slowly, overtraining will get you before undertaining.

2. Eat well.. If you can lose the pounds, its less weight for you to carry around the desert

3. Think about your CV training, if you can burn oxygen better, you wont need so many carbs

4. These things hurt... Prepare yourself mentally... 99% is your body telling you to carry on when your body is singing with pain.

5. Have fun

You need to sign up NOW as places for 2007 will go really quickly!
MDS is an awesome race - good luck Codhead and Bernie if you get the places for 2007.

If you need me to lance any blisters feel free to PM me!

More info here and this one here is a guys story who didn't make it an as officer in the Para's but took this on instead.

Nucking futters the lot of you (I'm just jealous! ;-))

Editing to add that this account might be useful as he details each stage and has an open email so you can ping him for advice!
2007 is full (I believe), with a wait list of about 30, but get your names down as people do drop out due to dieing, divorce or lack of interest...
You can also try the Marathon of Britain this is a 175 mile race crossing the country from Malvern to Nottingham.... in days of 17, 29, 32, 33, 54, 10 miles

25 miles longer than its nearest equivalent, with no rest day. Awesome.

I did this last year, doing it again this year, look at

Oh... and places are limited to 70 and 66 or so of them have gone... So get in quick

It is run in the 1st full week in September.
I have just completed 2006. Used The PT-03 trainers (one size too big, your feet will swell in that heat) with gaiters. Not everyone uses them, each to his own really. Advantage of them is you can apply vaseline to the sore parts of your feet without it taking on the properties of grinding paste. I could fill up a whole page of my experiences, pm me with any specifics. Bear in mind, I didn't compete, I merely wanted to complete. 2007 is full but they take a large wedge out of accounts in Oct, a lot of people pull out just before that so it is worth registering your interest.

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