• EVENT CALENDAR
    Click the event name for full details.
    EVENT NAME LOCATION DATE
    Sahara Race Egypt 16 Feb 2014
    Gobi March China 1 Jun 2014
    Atacama Crossing Chile 5 Oct 2014
    The Last Desert Antarctica 1 Nov 2014
    Sahara Race Egypt 15 Feb 2015
    Gobi March China 31 May 2015
    Atacama Crossing Chile 4 Oct 2015
  • NEWSLETTER
    * Please fill out all fields

     

    Albania
    • Afghanistan
    • Albania
    • Algeria
    • Andorra
    • Angola
    • Anguilla
    • Antarctica
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Aruba
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Bermuda
    • Bhutan
    • Bolivia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Bouvet Island
    • Brazil
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cambodia
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Cape Verde
    • Cayman Islands
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Chile
    • China
    • Christmas Island
    • Cocos (Keeling Islands)
    • Colombia
    • Comoros
    • Congo
    • Cook Islands
    • Costa Rica
    • Croatia (Hrvatska)
    • Cuba
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Denmark
    • Djibouti
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • East Timor
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • England
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Estonia
    • Ethiopia
    • Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
    • Faroe Islands
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • French Guiana
    • French Polynesia
    • French Southern Territories
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Gibraltar
    • Greece
    • Greenland
    • Grenada
    • Guadeloupe
    • Guam
    • Guatemala
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Heard and McDonald Islands
    • Honduras
    • Hong Kong
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kenya
    • Kiribati
    • Korea (North)
    • Korea (South)
    • Kuwait
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Laos
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Libya
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Macau
    • Macedonia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Maldives
    • Mali
    • Malta
    • Marshall Islands
    • Martinique
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mayotte
    • Mexico
    • Micronesia
    • Moldova
    • Monaco
    • Mongolia
    • Montserrat
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique
    • Myanmar
    • Namibia
    • Nauru
    • Nepal
    • Netherlands
    • Netherlands Antilles
    • New Caledonia
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Niue
    • Norfolk Island
    • Northern Ireland
    • Northern Mariana Islands
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Palau
    • Palestine
    • Panama
    • Papua New Guinea
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Pitcairn
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Puerto Rico
    • Qatar
    • Reunion
    • Romania
    • Russian Federation
    • Rwanda
    • S. Georgia and S. Sandwich Isls.
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
    • Samoa
    • San Marino
    • Sao Tome and Principe
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Scotland
    • Senegal
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Singapore
    • Slovak Republic
    • Slovenia
    • Solomon Islands
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • Spain
    • Sri Lanka
    • St. Helena
    • St. Pierre and Miquelon
    • Sudan
    • Suriname
    • Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
    • Swaziland
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Syria
    • Taiwan
    • Tajikistan
    • Tanzania
    • Thailand
    • Togo
    • Tokelau
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Turkmenistan
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
    • Tuvalu
    • Uganda
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
    • Uruguay
    • US Minor Outlying Islands
    • Uzbekistan
    • Vanuatu
    • Vatican City State (Holy See)
    • Venezuela
    • Vietnam
    • Virgin Islands (British)
    • Virgin Islands (US)
    • Wales
    • Wallis and Futuna Islands
    • Western Sahara
    • Yemen
    • Yugoslavia
    • Zaire
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
    EVENT NEWSLETTER
    Highlights on events, media coverage and new items.
    GEAR BULLETIN
    News on special discounts and latest information on equipment, clothing and nutrition products.
  • FACEBOOK
  • TWITTER
CONCLUDED 10 AUGUST
NEXT ROVING RACE: MADAGASCAR 2014

RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

Questioning my sanity!
18-Mar-2013 06:59:30 AM [(GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)]

For real? In just over 4 months I will be in Iceland to run, not shower for a week, and somehow try to complete this race?! Surely I have lost my mind. I cannot think of another valid reason for me to have signed up for this, much less that I convinced a friend to sign up with me...maybe her sanity should be questioned more! :) Either way, I signed up so I better be ready. This is my first blog entry even though I think I've read every past blog that was ever posted. I'm trying to be as informed as possible since I've never participated in anything even close to this. I've only ever competed in marathons. No ultras. Nothing even close, and it's not like I live in an area where conditions are ideal for training for Iceland. I live in south Louisiana, for goodness' sake. (Insert the questioning of my sanity once again.) It is flat, flat, flat...did I mention that it's very flat here? And it's hot and humid. Today it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit and 60% humidity. This is a nice spring day so it's only going to get hotter and much more humid between now and August. I don't think I can quite describe how hot and humid it gets here...maybe...it will be as if running through a swimming pool. You are so sluggish and weighed down by all of the humidity. Once again, not Iceland conditions. We also had a ridiculously mild winter so I didn't get much in the way of cold weather training. Truth be told though, I think the typical summer weather in Iceland may not be very different from the winter we just had. I'm not sure, but I bet come August I will be okay about leaving the sweltering heat of the deep south to run in the cooler weather. I guess on the positive side I don't have to worry about training in wet conditions. Lots of rain and sweat! As for my current training, thank goodness I run a business for my family. It allows me a very flexible schedule otherwise I'm not sure how I would be able to do all of this. Thanks Mom & Dad. You two are pretty awesome! Anyway, for hill training I am running across a pedestrian bridge that is over the interstate (lots of horn honking on this run) and running in a parking garage. That's the only way I will get any hill training unless I want to live on a treadmill, which I do not. With my local running group, we weekly have a "beach" run. Loose sand and a backpack make for a good time! I also started running trails at a local state park so that I can get off the road. These are the best conditions I can find to train right now, but thankfully I've also been running with additional weight since last fall. I started with a weighted vest until I purchased my backpack. I'm up to carrying about 15 lbs right now in my pack and will slowly increase the weight. On a side note, please know that the word running is used very loosely. There is a lot of walking, and I mean A LOT. No matter, I think all the locals must think I'm crazy or that the looks I've been getting lately while running down the street with a backpack. And then when they ask me why I'm running with the pack, you should see some of the looks I get upon response. Utter confusion is the most common look along with them questioning my sanity. I just shrug and say, "I know." Oh dear, what was I thinking? My goal is to cross the finish line by running, walking, or crawling...well, hopefully no crawling!
MANDI AUSTIN
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013

Hometown
Louisiana

Profession
Management/Interior Design

Race Stats
Equipment List

Other Races

archives

BLOG ROLL

No Blog Roll

BY CATEGORY

   No Labels

Partners

MANDI AUSTIN
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 competitor

Bio

Hometown
Louisiana

Profession
Management/Interior Design

Why are you competing?
I think I had a moment of crazy and signed up!

Race Stats
Equipment List

Other Races