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Final preparations

March 23, 2009

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.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Acevski permalink
    March 24, 2009 20:33

    Snart är det dags kamrat!
    Jag som inte skall springa börjar bli nervös inför ditt lopp:=)

    Hoppas allt går bra med förberedelserna och att hjärnan är laddad.
    Önskar dig en härlig löpning!

    Ha det göööööött


  2. Jenny permalink
    March 26, 2009 8:55

    Kämpa på nu! Jag är superavis!!! 😀

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      March 26, 2009 14:13

      Hej jenny!
      Tack för stödet! Jag springer för dig med:-)

  3. Bjarne permalink
    March 26, 2009 21:53

    Lycka till!
    Vi tar en löptur när du kommer hem.


  4. Markus Pettersson permalink
    March 28, 2009 9:36

    Lycka till!
    Jag ska precis inleda min upptrappning inför Göteborgsvarvet, så det kan behövas lite insperation.

    Ser fram emot att följa dig!


  5. March 28, 2009 15:47

    Check this;
    Good luck and enjoy!

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