With just a few days to go I’m making the final preparations.
This is how it goes:
Running on sand is VERY difficult. I have been running on beaches, on the loose sand, and it goes very slowly. Compared to the speed on hard surface I estimate running on loose sand is 50 % slower and costs much more energy.
I have also been trying to get used to heat. Sweden this time of year isn’t optimal so I’m spending a week in Spain before the race to get used to the sun and the heat. Daytime it’s 25-28 degrees Celsius (77-82 F), but I the desert will be hotter. Much hotter.
My pack weights 7 kilos (15,4 lbs). Running with this kind of weight is obviously VERY heavy and the stride becomes much shorter. So the first days of the race with the heavy load will be tough. But I will try to cut down the weight to 6,5 kilos (13,2 lbs), which is the minimum weight at the start. Water not included.
At the same time I’m trying to get used to the race food I also have to put on some weight before the race, to accumulate some extra reserves.
Staying healthy is another concern. I avoid getting cold and I eat super antioxidants like astaxanthin (like BioAstin and Astaxin) and Medox. For stronger immune system I also take BioStrath and try to get planty of sleep.
Foot care is also crucial: file and lubricate at least once a day to get rid of calluses, to avoid getting deep blisters under the calluses. Superficial blisters are much easier to treat.