It was soooo tough journey. Maybe physically the toughest day in my life.
But, finaly, I could goal at the overnight stage.
Number of Check Point was 8, and average distance between CP was about 10.8km.
total distance was 86km.
Race started at 7:00 AM as usual.
Cut-off times at each stage were set stricter than I thought.
So pace of the race was higher than ever from the start.
I kept good pace till CP4.
From CP4, we climbed edge of high sand dune.
It was so exciting and the view from the top was the most amazing in this race!
Just arrived at CP5, in which tent and hot water were available, the sun sat.
This pace was along my expectation that later half of the cource would be "night run".
My foot and legs were completely worned till CP5 for harsh running of previous days.
It was hard for me to even stand up and sit down at the time.
This night run was hell.
I kept running alone in the dark desert, and foot and legs were so painfull.
When it passed midnight, I got so sleepy.
Tiring and pain and lack of sleep made my conscious unclear.
But, I had to run to finish the race.
I often nearly gave up the running.
But at the time, I remembered the face of many people cheering me.
I cheered myself and scolded myself.
Finally, I reached the goal at 4:30am.
I kept running for 20.5hours.
My achievement was owe to much support from many friends.
I felt Sahara's view, atomosphere, sunlight, starlight by my body in the running as I said in send-off party.
I want to enjoy last run of about 2km tomorrow.
Totemo, totemo kitui tabi desita. tabun, nikutaitekiniha, jinseide ichiban kituihi dattato omoimasu
Demo, nantoka, overnight stage wo goal dekimashita.
konkaino Check Point no kazuha, 8ko de, heikinde 10.8km hashirimasu.
zenbude, 86km no course desu.
Race ha 7:00am ni hajimarimasu.
konkaiha, kaku CP deno simekiri jikan ga kibisiku set saretakotomo atte zentaitekina pace ga hayakunarimasita.
Bokumo ganbatte hasiri, CP4 madeha kekkou ii pace de hashiremashita.
CP4 karano courseha, ookina sakyuu no edge wo noboru tokoro kara hajimari mashita.
sugoku kiritattete, kanari thrilling desitaga, tyoujou karano keshiki ha zekkeide, tabun, kono race de ichiban no kesiki desita.
tent gaari, oyu ga moraete syokuji ga dekiru CP5 ni tuitatoki, tyoudo yuugure desita.
kokomade no pace ha daitai keikaku dooridesita.
sikasi, kokomadeno tikuseki de ashi ga kanzenn ni tukareteitte, tatukoto mo suwarukoto sura, muzukasii kuraidesita.
kono atono night stage ha jigoku desita.
Makkura na sabaku wo hitorikiri de zutto hashiri tuduke, ashi ha ippo humidasu tabini gekituu ga hasirimasu.
yonnakano 12ji wo sugiruto, nemuke ga osottekimasu.
itami, tukare, nemuke de nandomo atama ga kurakura simasita.
Soredemo, kouhan 40km tikaku wo hashiritudukenakuteha narimasen.
totyuude, nandomo iyani natte, akirameyou to omoimasita.
demo, ouen sitekureru tomodatino kao ya kyouryoku sitekureta kazoku nado, iroiro omoidasite, jibunwo sitta gekirei simasita.
hitori de jibun ni kirete masita:)
sosite, asano 4:30 goro, nantoka goal ni toutyakuku surukoto dekimasita.
daitai 20.5jikan hasiritudukemasita.
koreha, minasann no ouen ya support ga attakara dato omoimasu.
soukoukai de ittayouni, Saharano kuuki, kesiki, suna no kansyoku, nikkou to hoshino hikari wo karada de kanjiru kotoga dekimasita.
asita ha saigo no 2km kuraino "final run" wo tanosindekimasu!
Thank you so much for many comments! They encourage me very much!
I completed 4th stage!
When I wake up every morning, I feel much gratitude to still being in running condition.
I cannot find what is a critical factor for retiring in this ultimate environment.
One of my tentmates retired at last night because of fever.
When I was writing blog, a competitor sitting next to me couldn't stand up for his clumping foot.
I and Kuro chan brought him to medical tent.
So, keeping condition for a week is most important and difficult in this race.
My blister got worsened and a neil of thumb of left foot was nearly coming off in stage 3.
So I felt much pain in this stage.
Strong sunlight and pain some times make my conscious unclear.
Comment of blog and memory of send-off party were good pain-killer.
I remembered it again and again.
Of my surprise, Kina-chan, who is a cheer leader of Keio univ., became a "offical" cheer leader of Sahara race 2011.
He yaled "Fure, Fure Sahara" and every Sahara competitor called back "Fure Fure Sahara"
It was amazing view.
Tomorrow is toughest, longest and actual last stage, "overnight stage"
Many of Japanese competitors are making great records.
Of course, I will do it!
Takusan no comment arigatou gozaimasu!
Masa, Ore ha Race tyuu ha itumo Sunglass wo tuketeiru kedo?
Tonikaku, stage 4 mo buji kansou simasita.
Maiasa, mega sameruto, hashireru condition ni arukotoni totemo kansyawo siteimasu.
To iunoha, kono kankyouno nakade, naniga genin de taityou wo kuzusuka, wakaranai karadesu.
Kinouha Hitori no Tentmate ga nessyabyou de retire simasita.
mata, blog wo kaiteiru toki, tonarino hitoga asiga tutte tatenakunatte, ore to Kurochan de medical tent ni tureteikimaisita.
issyuukan taityou wo keep surunoha itibann daiji dasi itiban muzukasii desu.
Bokuha Stage 3 de mamewo hidokushitesimai, mata hidari ashi no oyayubi no tume ga hagaresou ni nattesimaimasita.
Sonna kotomo atte, stage4 ha kinou yorimo arukunoga itakatta.
Itami to Taiyou no hikari de tamani boutto simasita.
Blog no comment ya soukoukai no omoideha, sugoku yuuki dukeraremasita.
nankai mo omoidasite, itami wo wasureyou to sitemasita.
Sugoku omosirokattanoha, Keio no ouendantyo no Kina-chan ga Sahara race 2011 no offical ouen dantyo ni shimei saretakotodesu!
"Fure Fure Sahara!" to Sahara race no sankasya ga minna koe wo agerunoha, mitete totemo omosirokattadesu.
Nihon no sankasya ha minna Sugoku ii seiseki wo nokosite imasu.
Ashita ha ichiban nagaku, tabun itiban turai "overnight stage" desu!
Demo, kokomade kitara, motiron ore mo yattaru ze!
Just finishing the hardest course in Sahara desert, stage 3.
most course is soft sand, and it made new blisters on my foot.
In amazing, most of Japanese competitors gained their pace in this stage, but I kept my pace because it was my limit.
It was tough and tough travel for me in the view like anothor planet.
Anyway, I did it
Of my please, I got to know each other with Ren, who was a climer of Evelest, and also seven sumits.
He is a real adventurer.
Unfortunately, one of Japanese competitors, Abe-san retired after stage 2.
I will challenge stage 4 with his spirit.
Tattaima, stage3 wo clear simasita.
sahara race no naka de ichiban kitui course to iwareru stage 3 desitaga, jissai kitukattadesu.
yawarakai sunati ga tuzuite, sakyuu wo up-and-down de tottemo tuff desita.
mame mo atarasiinoga ikutuka dekite, itaidesu.
bikkurisitakotoni, daitaino nihonjin sensyu ga pace wo ageteimasita.
bokuha tairyoku no genkai dattanode, pace ha ageraremasendeseita
toha ie nantoka clear dekitanode hotto siteimasu.
Tyotto uresikattanoha, eberesuto to 7 summit wo toucyou sita, real adventurer no Ren to sirhiaini nattakotodesu.
sizukade, totemo iihito desita.
demo ippoude, zannenndattanoha, nihonjin sankasya no Abe-san ga retire sitesimattakotodesu.
Kareno bunmo ganbatte, stage4 ni challenge sitaito omoimasu!
I could get over stage 2, “longer” and “more difficult” than stage 1.
I jogged till CP1 at early morning, and walked at rest distance.
I took a pain-killer at CP2 because of muscular pain and I climbed and went down sand hills.
I made two blister.
It was tough course, but view was amazing.
After cp3, when I climbed down plateau, great view of sand and rock hills in front of me.
It was so beautiful.
Tomorrow`s course seems match tougher, so I have to take rest.
Yatto, stage2 wo clear dekimasita!
Stage 2 ha stage 1 yori nagakute muzukasii course de, kinou no tukare mo atte, boku niha kekkou tahuna course desita.
Cp1 made hasitte, atoha zutto aruitemaita.
Konkaiha sakyuu wo agatte sagatte de asini hutanga kakarunode, itamidome wo hitotu nonnde arukimasita.
Demo, hutatu mame ga dekita..
Ippoude, kinouyori kesikiha harukani sugokatta.
Kougen kara orirutokino iwa to sakyuu no kesikiha, syasin ka eiga desika mitakotoga naimonode, kandousimasita.
Asitano kouse ha motto kitusounanode, yukkuri yasumimasu J
It’s sooo tough day today, but I managed to finish the first stage of Sahara marathon!
Before start, Kina chan, who is a cheer leader of Keio Univ. , cheered us with Gaku-ran.
I ran at just start point, but I started walking soon.
The view was sand, sand, sand… yes, it is Sahara desert.
Sandy ground, heavy bag and strong sunlight got me exhorted so much.I felt pain in my foot, but I could come to goal with no blister.
On the other hand, I was so impressed in starlight in the night, and I was amazed the desert view like another planet.
I am afraid and expect what challenge wait me in Stage 2.
Sugoku tukareta kedo, nantoka sahara marathon no 1st stage wo clear shimashita.
Start maeni, Keio no ouen dantyo no kina-chan ga Gakuran de Yale wo okuttekurete tension agarimakuri desita.
Start tyokugo ha tyotto hashittakedo, atoha hayaashi de zutto aruitemasita.
Mirukagirino suna suna suna… no naka wo itinichiju aruikimasita.
Sunano ashimoto to, omoi nimotu, sosite tuyoi taiyou de sugoku tairyoku wo ubawaremasita.
Taiwan no team ga dekai costume de hashittete, sugoku bibirimasita.
Demo, itumo mogumogu sitetanode, calory busoku niha naranakatta;)
Ippoude, yoruno hoshizora ha, zokuzoku suruhodo kandousita!
Sosite, sahara sabakuno koukeiha, tigau hosi no youde, totemo omosiroidesu.
Arienai keikenwo kamisimeteimasu.
Stage2 ha donnaninaruka, kowaikedo, tanosimidesu.
Hitotu, totemo zannenna netaga arundakedo, blog niha totemo kakenainode, atode hanasimasuJ
I am not an experienced runner and even haven't been an athrete.
On the contrary, I didn't like running.
Why have I decided challenging Sahara marason, the harshest marathon in the world?
I felt stuck in my career.
I sought breakthrough at that time.
At the time, two of my friends challenged dessert marathons respectively, Gobi and Atacama.
The challenge seemed completely crazy for me, but they looked enjoying the tough challenge so much.
When I saw their challenge, I felt like to try it.
I have never tryied such crazy challenge, so I felt this challenge would make me "get out of the box".
Too short time was left to prepare enough, but I tried to do my best.
This process gave me fruitful time, and depressed feeling was blown off.
Finally, the time is comming.
I would like to appreciate to the support of my partner, friends and collegues.
I will enjoy running dessert conveying my gratitude to the world as "TEAM JAPAN".
See you all in the desert!