Everyone knows that doing a Self-Supported Race is tough. Aside from the physical aspect of it, what you bring to the race is equally important. Remember, you are running in hostile environments and there will be no reprieve once a mistake is made. To ensure a successful outcome, here are the 10 Must Have Items:
Racing with a partner can be tricky business in any race, never mind doing it in something as tough as multi-stage racing. You have to worry more than just yourself; You have got your partner to think about! The point is both of you want to enjoy the race while maximizing the chances of succeeding together! With that in mind, here are the 5 Do’s and Don’ts: Continue reading “5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts For Racing With A Partner”
This sounds easy right? Anybody can do it! Stuff 8lbs (3.7kg) of foods, 6lbs (2.8kg) of gear and off we go to the races. Technically, that’s correct, but nothing could be further from the truth. Once you start packing, you will realize that everything starts to add up and before you know it, you’ll be left with a 30lbs (14kg) backpack. Carrying that extra weight running in any multi-stage race will have you regretting it on the first day.
If you follow my four basic principles to packing for a multistage race, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Multi-Stage Race Veteran! Continue reading “How To Get A 14.3lbs (6.5kg) Pack For Your Next Stage Race”
Of all the races in the 8 Deserts Challenge, Atacama Crossing is the one race that Eric and I dreaded the most. There are two reasons for that: terrain and lack of rest. I had first read about this race almost one year ago while researching for our World Record Attempt. It was talked about as the most technical and challenging race of the 4Deserts Series. When a race promises sand dunes, river crossings, gravel fields, salt flats, and everything else, you know it is going to be tough. More importantly, with this being our first back-to-back race amounting to less than 7 days rest, our conditioning and recovery prowess will be put to the test. Continue reading “Race #5: Atacama Crossing – Triumph in Atacama”
So much has happened since my last blog back in August. We flew across three continents and lost our sense of time. Night became day and day became night. All Paul and I could think about was food, shower, sleep, more food, and not miss any flights. We have achieved what we thought was pure insanity: competing in 4 desert races in 6 weeks (#4in6) to break the Guinness World Record for “The Most Desert Races Ran In One Year“. But that’s not the end. This project was about testing our limits and what better way to do it than to experience every terrain Mother Earth has to offer. The last race of the 8 Deserts Challenge will be held in the Lapland, Sweden in the Arctic Circle. What started off as a physical challenge for a great cause turn into something much much more. It changed me in ways I didn’t envision.
With the Gobi Desert race behind us, Paul and I travelled from Hami, China to Iten, Kenya for some serious altitude training and inspiration in anticipation for the biggest athletic challenge of our lives: Breaking the World Record for “The Most Desert Races Ran In One Year”. For those of you not familiar with Iten, it is a place in Kenya that produces countless number of world class elite athletes, World Champions, and Olympic Champions for distance running. This region in Kenya is where legends are born and bred. No other place on earth have that kind of prestige associated with distance running where anyone can drop in and workout (if you can keep up!) with World Champions and World Record Holders …. for free. If you want to improve your running technique and fitness, then this is where you want to be. The caliber of runners here is so high that even elite runners from foreign countries have a very difficult time completing the Kenyan daily workouts.