Race Day 2
I FOUND MY MOJO! Yes, today was positively so much better than yesterday. The distance was a wee bit longer, 19 miles. I ran the entire first stage, took no salt tablets and just drank my electrolytes and water. I managed to consume and -- more importantly -- keep down, approximately 800 calories throughout the race as opposed to the mere 200 yesterday. I definitely think keeping the electrolytes down was the trick. I was positively delighted to not come in last. I placed 42nd out of 59 and have now risen from last place in the over all standings to 54th. I think the Desert Gods were smiling on me and my stomach today. Many thanks!
Due to my condition yesterday, I neglected to mention the majestic beauty of all we are running through. Today, we ran through the White Desert. Lots of sand, so more slogging along, especially through the second stage. The last leg was 12K and fortunately more rock terrain.
At the risk of being made fun of, I did somehow manage to get lost with just 4K to go along with Frank who informed me that I shouldn't be following him as he wasn't wearing his contacts. Sounds like the beginning of a blonde joke: "There was a blonde and a man who forgot his contacts, runnning through the desert..." I'll let you give it an ending. Twenty minutes later we spotted a Scotsman coming along, ah saved! Back on track, I ran walked through the sandy parts and brought it on in. I tell you the salt rocks throughout this run are remarkable. I make a point of looking up to see what animal/human the rock resembles. Pretty cool. The ground is a treasury of shells, fantastic rocks and a camels teeth here and there. What a fabulous two days it has been, despite my unwanted one and a half hour respite. If interested, I had yummy oatmeal and raisins for breakfast, dinner last night was Pasta with Napoli Sauce and the most wonderful comfort food, mashed potatoes. I understand that they have invented freeze dried wine. That is most definitely coming along next time (Can you believe I said next time?) and yes, it will be in my carry on!
Must go to bed as tomorrow's leg is 22 miles and we start early.
Cheers from the White Sands of the Sahara,
(The photos are from Sunday)
Photo Credit: RacingThePlanet