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What A Journey!

5th November 2012 09:33 AM[(GMT+02:00) Cairo]

I am back in Cairo at one of the high points thus far in my life. Thank you for all the support out there. I wouldn't have made it without hearing from everyone. I hope to have more experiences as amazing as this one, but am not sure if I will. This race was without a doubt one of my proudest accomplishments and I had more growth in my life. I have made incredible friends, saw part of the world I would never experienced and pushed myself to limits I thought I wasn't capable of. Yesterdays 54 mile 25 hour run was the hardest thing I have ever I ever done physically but beyond that mentally. I never considered the mental challenge coming into this race but in the past 36 hours I was in some very dark places in my head.  

Overall I came in 78th place out of the 146 people who started 116 who finished taking me 53 hours. If you had told me 10 days ago this would have been my result I would have probably thought this race was a huge failure. Having finishing now I am so proud of everything from finishing, my time to the people I met in this race. Reflecting back the best days were the toughest ones. If my race had been days 1,2 and 4 I would have had a much faster race, but a much different experience.  

I spent a huge amount of time preparing and training for this race. I would not have made it if I hadn't had everything dialed in. I had every calorie I would eat accounted for, every piece of gear I would need, heat training and months of running. I am not a superstar runner but a strong one and this race was very hard for me. Everything seems so manageable reading about it ahead of time, but there are so many unforeseeable challenges in doing your first ultra. I just reread my blog and am so glad I kept it for myself and the memories as well as to share with everyone. I thought they would be some more whining in them and be a bit more emotional. Instead they seemed more like a factual account of what was going on.  

Racing the planet staff, Sam, Alaina and Ross, were incredibly professional and ran the race very smoothly. The volunteers put in hours of work for nothing in return and I am so thankful to them. The medical team, which I got to know all too well, were incredible. Jay, Rob, and Joe all took amazing care of me and were constantly looking out for my health and safety.  

People really had a caring for me, my success and well being. Two people especially cared for me and I might be overstepping when I say this but loved me. Katie and Manon thank you two so much, without you two I couldn't have finished this race. They believed in me when I didn't and their caring for me was unbelievable. It feels so amazing to have that from people I met five days ago.  

Manon is an ER doctor in LA. All that anti nausea medicine I was taking was not paid for by the race, she was giving it to me out of her caring and wanting me to succeed in this race. I was responding by being delirious and losing it. Here is a picture of her "cooling her jets".  

 
Katie was out here doing research on hyponatremia, but all her equipment was lost in the mail. She was a lifesaver out there taping my back, blisters and handing out "medical" cheese. Such a great supporter who was always looking out for me. I think she must have been being silly for the camera in this picture in long sleeves and a tuque as I can't remember one day with it being cool enough for a hat or long sleeves.  

 
As for the actual race on day five it started off at this campsite at about 5:30am.  

 
Here is a photo of my tent mates from the previous day. We started with eleven in the tent but ended up with eight since three people had to stop their races. Even with eight we were all cramped in head to toe while we slept.  

 
The first two stages were beautiful through an old ocean called the valley of the whales. The footing was amazing and I moved very quickly running almost until the forth check point. My foot began hurting very badly, like there was a knife being stabbed through the bottom. I worked in some walking and finally sat down to take my shoe off and tapped a gauss bandage roll to the bottom. It felt so much better but running like that for more than a few miles wouldn't work. As I approached check point four, about 20 miles in, the heat set in and I knew I would have to take a break as the next stage was a very difficult one over soft dunes. I arrived at check point four somewhere between 17th and 25th place around 10:30 or 11am.  

The lead medical doctor, Jay, looked at my foot and said it was an overuse injury. He said I wouldn't hurt myself anymore and it was just pain.  

I lay at the check point for the next four hours and was passed by almost every competitor. Here I am with Jon Gannon, the competitor I spoke about earlier with a broken toe. He is a real tough guy, I can only imagine the pain he endured.  

 
I am impressed we were still smiling as it was 118 degrees out! Here is a shot on the other side of the SUV to give you some idea of where we were, with the dunes we were about to cross in the distance.  

 
As I was lying on the ground some of the sweepers with camels came up. After a few minutes I hear the loudest sound out of the camel. I lift my head to see the camel on its knees and the rider wrestling with its head. He grabbed the camels nostrils and pulled back its head forcing the camel to open its mouth and shoved a 1.5 liter bottle of water down its throat which the camel drank in about five seconds. That was probably one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life. I just checked online and unfortunately couldn't find a video of it.  

I ran out of check point four until I hit the dunes and hiked until check point five which Manon was running. It had cooled off a bit but was still 110 degrees out. By check point five my foot was killing me so she gave me an aerosol spray can to roll my foot on. It felt AMAZING, such relief. She also gave me some more nausea medicine as the heat of the last leg was getting to me a bit.  

I continued on to check point six which was 30 miles into the last leg while the sunset. It was very pretty. Check point six was the overnight check point with tents set up. I stopped and ate my last dinner, chicken korma. It was surprisingly tasty considering it is all I ate every night for the week. I should have taken a nap but decided to continue on. Having done five marathons in five days I was tired and at mile 30 out of 54.  

As I continued in the dark things deteriorated quickly for me. I was walking slowly alone in the dark having been on this stage for about 16 hours. I was very weary and started to feel my heart race and head spin. I stopped and lied down on the side of the course and put my head in the sand. I told myself two minutes before I would get going again. If anyone is caught sleeping on the course they are pulled from the race as it is very dangerous with cars patrolling. I started to feel incredibly sorry for myself. I started thinking of all the hard work I had put into the race and why others were moving so much faster and having so much more success. As I wallowed in myself pity I saw some headlights in the distance which got me to my feet.  

The approaching car rolled down its window and Manon was inside. She rolled down the window and asked how I was doing. I said fine and she drove on. I saw her pull over in the distance and turn off her lights to see if I was still moving forward. I thought to myself how sneaky that was of her.  

I think she could see I was walking slowly when in the cooler night weather I normally would be running. After she saw that I was still walking on, she drove back. She asked again how I was doing and I told her how I had to take the short rest, felt like my heart was racing and had a fever. She checked all my vitals and asked me if she wanted to pull me from the race. I said no, though in the back of my mind I was wishing she would pull me so I would have an excuse to quit. I was so exhausted and just wanted to be done.  

She spoke with the other race directors in the car and came back telling me she couldn't let me go on alone in the dark. She had told me before that I couldn't run anymore in this race and that she was letting me go on with my last chance. She also said that I had to be 100% honest about my conditions at all times and if she couldn't trust me that was it. She knew I was a poker player, and even though I am a bad liar she thought I was misleading her about my condition. I admit I did down play it a few times this week, though I am guessing she knew that. She held me for the next competitor, Taro a Japanese competitor, saying that if I didn't stay with him my race was over.  

For the next two hours I followed Taro step by step. All I could think about was how I couldn't leave him. As I walked behind him I felt my heart racing again. I would feel really hot and woozy. We eventually reached check point seven and Manon was waiting. She asked how I was doing and I filled her in. She again checked my vitals and told me to rest at this check point for awhile before going on. I was welcoming a break and took out my sleeping bag and lay on the hard ground.  

After 15 minutes on the ground I began getting cold and took off my wet cloths in exchange for anything warm and dry I had. The wind was whipping and my 3/4 length bag was not keeping me warm. I lay on the ground for three hours getting colder and colder with my legs killing me. I told myself that I was done with this race and would continue to the next check point and pull myself. I created a little fantasy in my head about why it was okay to quit now, 25 miles from the finish.  

Eventually one of the volunteers came and poked me, saying I had been there for three hours. I knew it was now or never so I lifted myself up and walked around the SUV to find Jon and Ken, a competitor from China. We all began walking together. At this point it was about 1am or 2am and we had all been on the course since 7am. The pace was very slow as we all had a variety of injuries, mine being by far the least painful and serous of the group. We would stop every couple of miles to rest. My heart still felt like it was racing and I told them I was done. They said that I had to go on to the next check point with them as we were in the middle of nowhere.  

It seemed to take forever to reach check point eight. We couldn't see it forever as it was over a small dune which further lowered our spirits. I'd guess with our frequent breaks we were moving at 25-30 minute mile pace. As we walked in Katie greeted me asking how I was doing. I told her about my racing heart and how I was not feeling well. She checked all my vitals and told me to rest. I had been so cold in the wind at the last check point that I took the plastic ground cover and wrapped myself in it to get out of the wind. As I lay under the plastic I grabbed my bag and rummaged around for something to eat. All I had left were two freeze dried porridges which the thought of made me sick, especially having them cold. As I was lying on the ground I overheard Katie and Tony, a consultant for the race, discussing my condition. Tony was saying I couldn't make it as we had 15 miles. Katie was telling him she thought I could go on.  

Jon and Ken were talking about getting moving again and I knew I had to continue with them. I also thought getting some food would really help me, so I asked Katie if she had anything and she produced two small pieces of cheese and some wheat thins from her bag. After eating what I had for the last week these were the two best pieces of cheese I had ever had. It was unbelievable how delicious these things were.  

We began moving again and I felt AMAZING. I couldn't feel my heart racing any longer, nor was I getting hot flashes. I would have started running again but I didn't because of Manon and what she had told me earlier. Jon was in a very bad state at this point, and I wasn't sure if he would make the final 15 miles. We were creeping along barely ahead of the Eygptian camel riders sweeping the course.  

The sun began rising as we approached checkpoint nine and it was so beautiful. Jon's spirits began rising and we were joking about everything as we walked. For the first time I had the realization we had been on the course for almost 24 hours. I couldn't believe how great I was feeling with the terrible state I had been in just a few hours ago. When we arrived at check point nine Katie, Manow and some of the volunteers were waiting with huge smiles on their faces. We stopped for 15 minutes to take pictures and I was overcome with joy. It was such an amazing feeling and an unreal high. That was the high point of my trip, out there with everyone after the night we shared together.  

I don't have the pictures yet as they were taken on Manow's phone who is headed back to the states. Maybe I can add them later.  

We powered through the last stage and I began to run the last mile or two. It felt great coming in strong after being on the course for 25 hours. I was greeted by Deyl (who had an amazing day five!!! You should read about it in his blog) and a bunch of my other friends at the camp. Here is a shot of me right after finishing the 54 miles, and 155 miles in 5 days.  

 
The rest of the day was spent getting very hungry. Deyl and I had planned on not eating this day as we didn't want to carry the food all week. Trust me when I say that was a better idea on paper than in action.  

I was trying to trade my porridge for something I could keep down. I was lucky that Steven, a very experienced ultra marathoner who came in third, took pity on me. He was nice enough to trade me for a porridge for his mashed potatoes even though I knew he didn't want the porridge. He had given me one the day before as well. That was the hungriest I have ever felt in my life and freeze dried mashed potatoes tasted so good. It was only 400 calories or so and I had only eaten 1600 calories the entire day before while covering 54 miles. I was still starving but it helped.  

As the day dragged on we had nothing to do but be hungry and sit in the 115 degree heat. By 4pm I was at my end and ready start begging other competitors for food. Deyl was in a similar state and we didn't think we would be able to eat until 24 hours later after finishing the race at the pyramids of Giza. Then Alina made an announcement that there was a surprise gift from the local people. She said they had Egyptian flat bread and cheese for us!!! I had been craving cheese all week and the bit Katie gave me just wet my appetite. Deyl and I were first in line and devoured our four pieces of bread and soft cheese. It was so good and salty. The entire time I was eating I was monitoring the line looking for a chance to get back in for 2nds. I felt so pathetic but I just didn't care, I was too hungry.  

I jumped in for 2nds and took them to my tent so no one could see me in the state I was in. I found Deyl already there having grabbed 2nds as well and we sat in the back hording our food. We went back for thirds finishing everything off. The other competitors had more composure than us and I think we were the only ones to have 2nd's much less thirds. After finishing I felt so pleasantly full I lay down to sleep for the first time in 48 hours, so thankful I wasn't hungry.  

The next morning we were bused to the pyramids of Giza for our final one mile run and photo shoot. I sat by Manon on the bus and we talked about the previous day. I thanked her for not pulling me and letting me finish my race even though I was so sick. She said that she never thought for a 2nd about pulling me on that day. She had on earlier days, but she said day five in the night everything was in my head. I was floored and asked about my racing heart and fever. She said my heart rate was normal and I didn't have a fever. She said I was having a mental struggle (breakdown?) and needed to hear that I was about to be pulled. She put me with Taro to help me mentally, not to have him watch my safety.  

I was in utter shock that I was so weak mentally. I feel gross just thinking about it and writing it here. In all my preparation for this race I never considered that my biggest weakness would be in my head not in my body. Manon had really pulled a great bluff on me. I was convinced I was about to be pulled from the race if I didn't do exactly as she said, while I had been ignoring some of her advice/orders earlier in the week.  

We arrived at the pyramids and it was a bit of a letdown. I had built it up in my head as this amazing finish but it wasn't. Sure it looks good on Facebook, but my highlight was day five check point nine with very special people watching the sun rise over the desert. That was a moment I will remember forever.  

I have so many other experiences and thoughts that can't fit into this blog that may fade from my mind as time goes on. I have grown incredibly close to so many people in such a short amount of time. So many people I spoke before the race said their journey was life changing. I never considered mine would be going in and brushed it off as people being overly emotional. I thought I was preparing for a race and competition, that was not what it ended up being for me.  

As I finish this up I am getting teary eyed. If you are reading this considering doing something like this I would say go for it. I don't know what your journey will be but I bet it will surprise and change you.

Comments: Total (14) comments

Jon Gannon

Posted On: 05 Nov 2012 14:26 PM

Great last blog Brian. When i look back on the last 9 days it makes me really believe more and more in fate. From you and Deyl sitting next to me @ dinner the friday before the race, our developing friendship over the next couple of days, to me finding you at checkpoint 3 and then again at checkpoint 7 on the long day and you appearing out of the dark to guide me to the finish line after checkpoint 8. Being in such amazing physical condition you were one of the last guys i expected to be approaching the finish line with... but there we were. Thanks again for your strength over the last 18km. We finished and that in itself is simply amazing!

Amanda Leone

Posted On: 05 Nov 2012 14:48 PM

WOW Brian! Such an awesome experience, of community, of strength, of overcoming and persevering through so many life changing obstacles. So stoked for you and proud of you for your amazing accomplishment!!!! Hope to see you in the future to hear you talk about it in person!

Baby Huey

Posted On: 05 Nov 2012 15:00 PM

Wow Townsend, that last day sounds pretty intense. I am glad that you were able to get some cheese and there is nothing wrong with going back for thirds. It has been great reading about your trek.

Bruce Yp

Posted On: 05 Nov 2012 16:44 PM

Congratulations Brian, I'm glad you did this blog. It was great following your race. Recover and have a safe trip home. Bruce Yp

Linda Townsend

Posted On: 05 Nov 2012 19:28 PM

Congratulations Brian!! We so enjoyed following your blog. I often hear athletes and others talk about the mental part of their challenging journey. But you actually experienced it and I am sure this will enrich your life.. Enjoy all the comforts of life as you recover. Linda

Eric Rodawig

Posted On: 05 Nov 2012 20:51 PM

Wow, you got bluffed hard!! That's hilarious...

Bruce Townsend

Posted On: 06 Nov 2012 09:31 AM

Brian, this is a great accomplishment, which created lifelong memories for you. Thank you for keeping this well written blog for the rest of us. --Dad

Gil Mentiply

Posted On: 06 Nov 2012 13:03 PM

Congratulations, you also have dug as deep as anybody, and I'm really glad you completed, well done. I have been following the progress of my nephew Colin Jack and was keeping an eye on your progress (And Jon Gannons)and your detailed descriptions depict the real torment and hell you experienced and came through. When I read your last blog I felt I had to congratulate you. You should be very proud. Gil and Dorothy

Josephine Devlin

Posted On: 06 Nov 2012 21:10 PM

Wow Brian what an amazing blog and description of how it was for you. I felt I was there without the pain!! So glad you and my son shared your journey and supported each other. Well done, words just cannot say what an amazing feat you accomplished. Respect....Good luck in everything you do.

Alina B

Posted On: 07 Nov 2012 02:47 AM

Brian, Thanks for sharing the story of your incredible last stage. I know it was a rough one for you - it is true that Manon was fantastic. Throughout the week, we witnessed your highs and lows, but you pushed through and gave it an incredible effort. Many reasons to be proud! Warm wishes, Alina

Vanessa Felts

Posted On: 07 Nov 2012 03:00 AM

Brian, I am so in awe of what you just went through and thankful that you shared the whole struggle and feat with us. I can't wait to see how this experience continues to shape you and to what you are propelled next. Well done, my friend.

Anastasia Vourakis

Posted On: 07 Nov 2012 07:53 AM

Townsend, congratulations on finishing! Your last day sounds utterly incredible and difficult at the same time. In reading your blogs, I never once doubted that you would finish. You've experienced something that only a handful people on this earth have and are a part of something that will be with your for the rest of your life. It's not about the destination, but about the journey. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.

Terrence Chan

Posted On: 08 Nov 2012 17:13 PM

Congrats on an amazing accomplishment. It's great to see another poker player take time out of grinding and dedicate himself to something incredibly hellish just to see what amazing strength comes out the other side, although you may have chosen the most hellish thing I've heard of. Big props.

Noel Hayes

Posted On: 08 Nov 2012 17:37 PM

Well done Brian. Serious read and a serious achievement. You have some fortitude to complete this race. This blog follows a similar cycle to the blog you wrote after you finished the Iron Man. A struggle, self doubt and help from a stranger. Congrats, Noel.
Finished Safe And Sound!

2nd November 2012 11:27 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

I don’t have much time on the computer so I will have to keep this short. I’ll write a longer blog when I am back in Cairo. Thank you all for the comments, it means the world to me.


Dad, everything here is being run well and my safety is always being looked out for.


I finished 54 mile stage safely. It was very grueling for me. I finished in about 25 hours which put me in about 100th place. I am just happy to finish as there were some times when I wasn’t sure I was.


I ran the first two stages and did very well. Once I hit the third check point, about three hours in, I had to take a 4 hour break to let the heat pass. My watch read 118 degrees and that leg of the course was rated difficult. It was so smart to take the break as I wouldn’t have made it. Most of the competitors passed me.


I did well on stage four and five passing a few competitors. Stage five was the overnight camp, but I only took 20minutes to eat something which was a mistake. By check point six I was really struggling and had to rest for three hours. I was wiped and every check point from there on I would take 2-3 hour breaks to rest up. I couldn’t sleep but I was able to rest my weary legs.


I consider myself a pretty tough guy but people out here take the cake. I am think my fitness and training is very good but I was beat today by lots of people who had more constitution than me. It sounds so easy to just push beyond your limits but when you are running in pain it’s very hard.


The medical team was great today. They were on top of my safety at all times, I was very impressed.


Thanks again for reading, I will write a more detailed post in a few days. Please keep the comments coming!

Comments: Total (27) comments

Marilyn Townsend

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 23:52 PM

Thank heavens you are alive and well. We await your blog when the pain lets up. Love mom and clyde.

Liz Groom

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 00:33 AM

Congratulations Brian! Your amazing! Hope a few strange visions and memories from training helped keep you smiling. Happy recovery...hope you get to drink a nice cold beer! Cheers to you! :)

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 00:35 AM

Brian, I never doubted that you'd make it even if you had to crawl across the finish line...which it sounds like you almost did. As you found out, it may be 99% mental but it's also 99% physical. You certainly made the right choices about stopping to rest. Again...huge "congrats" and enjoy the victory lap tomorrow. God Bless, Tim

Baby Huey

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 00:55 AM

I swear I already commented but now it is not appearing. Anyway Congratulations buddy. Drinks some beers you deserve it.Have fun with the final walk around the pyramids and the sphynx.

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:07 AM

Brian! The race is over and your big dream came true! You completed one of the most challenging events on this planet. You are amazing the way you hung in there through your sickness and pain. Now rest up and enjoy the sweetness of victory! I am so proud of you!

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:40 AM

Sounds like the race crew is A+. It makes me feel much better to hear about their professionalism and concern for safety. Congrats on getting through such a tough day like today. A 54 mile "stage" just sounds insane.

David Jay

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:41 AM

Wow! That's incredible man! So blown away by you Brian! What an inspiration! Almost there!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna O'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:46 AM

Hello Brian, Of course I read your blog to get more info of this grueling last Huge run of the race. First, Congrats to you!!! and you sound very very smart in resting and pacing as you completed this tough tough race...eat, drink and be merry! you deserve it! Donna (old(getting even older) friend of the Kearin family )

Caitie D

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 01:48 AM

So close, Brian! So proud of you for staring this desert down and conquering it. Keep going - just remember to look up once in a while and allow yourself to let the experience kick it. Your an inspiration.

Bruce Yp

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 03:13 AM

Good job Brian, You made it. That had to be hard to sit at the stage breaks. Smart to not move in the heat. Bruce Yp

Linda Townsend

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 03:37 AM

Congratulations!! Good to hear you are safe and sound we were eagerly waiting for your blog. What an accomplishment to compete in and finish this monster of an event. Look forward to reading your more detailed blog. Rest well and feel proud. Linda

Ashley Gove

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 03:58 AM

Brian!!! I just read ALL of your blogs...intense to say the least! Congratulations on your accomplishment, sooooooo fantastic! Ps. perhaps they had masseuses waiting at the finish line?

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 04:03 AM

You are amazing! You did it! Congrats Brian! I remember when you were telling Skye and I about this race months and months ago, even before Deyl decided he was going to do it. And now here you are. What an incredible achievement. Way to hang in there and push to the end. SO MUCH RESPECT! You are the man!!!

Erin Vernon

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 04:20 AM

Honestly Brian, the fact that you actually finished is success and victory in itself. It is unreal what you just accomplished. Enjoy the feeling of finishing!!

Erin Vernon

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 04:20 AM

Honestly Brian, the fact that you actually finished is success and victory in itself. It is unreal what you just accomplished. Enjoy the feeling of finishing!!

Ty Vernon

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 04:58 AM

Love reading about your courage and preserverance. Thanks for inspiring me. Can't wait to see you again and hear your story in person. Take care my friend.

Kate W

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 05:10 AM

Wow. Congratulations!! Brian, I think what you have accomplished is truly amazing & inspiring! Perseverance, determination, tenacity....you should be so proud of yourself! You finished we'll ahead of so many and posted really competitive times - I cannot even imaging making to through a small portion of the distance you've covered in the past couple days! Way to go! I bet that cheese was the best you'd ever tasted! :D ( I had a laugh when they quoted you as you finished- looking forward to a chunk of cheese!) Take care of yourself on your recovery!

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 05:18 AM

Brian- we are so proud of you and a big whooping CONGRATS to you. You deserve to feel incredibly happy and satisfied. You put in your hard work. You prepared. You did it! Your in better shape than 99% of the guys out there but your body just doesn't like that heat. ...you pushed through and your finished anyways. And you were smart about it. I'm planning a "Back from Sahara" party at DJ's house this Friday. There are so many people who would love to hear your story and we'd be honored if you would join Deyl in speaking about your epic adventure. Kudos to you my friend. And I was VERY happy when I saw your results post. I couldn't be happier or prouder of you. Celebrating you today!

Nick W

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 11:18 AM

Pfft that's nothing I once ran in 125 degree heat...admittedly it was 30 feet to the cocktail bar and I stopped halfway to cool my feet in the pool..... Awesome stuff Brian - you should be really proud of yourself. I can't even conceive of doing this for a couple of hours never mind what you've done The mental stress to keep going when everything in your body is telling you to stop is really tough when doing a marathon - let alone something like this when it must be nearly overwhelming so you've done an amazing thing!! Now have a massive lie down....

Bruce Townsend

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 13:07 PM

Brian, great performance! I will try to call you when you are back to Vancouver. --Dad

May Gordon

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 13:16 PM

Brian, Am so happy to hear you have accomplished what very few people can....I can't imagine what determination it took to persevere in that heat. It makes everything so much more difficult. Now, go get pampered!!

Jeff Bonine

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 14:30 PM

Amazing, congratulations on such a difficult race. What desert is next?

Tim L

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 15:29 PM

Congrats Brian! Truly inspirational. Enjoy yourself and see ya soon.

Megan S

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 21:12 PM

You did it! Congrats congrats congrats! I was thinking you should save your running gear for next Halloween and you'd have your costume made...the Sahara Superhero :) I was feeling lazy after reading your blog so signed up for a half marathon in feb...then read your blog a little more and still felt lazy! I guess you don't have to worry about being in shape for ski season after all that sand!...you are going to be hiking up hills like nobody's business! Rest up and in all seriousness that was truly an amazing effort.

Cole South

Posted On: 03 Nov 2012 21:23 PM

Way to go Brian! Congratulations!

Marilyn Townsend

Posted On: 04 Nov 2012 00:37 AM

Hi Honey, Wonderful report about the medical supervision and care. I hope the race officials are taking loads of photographs that you can share. all the best for the next Stage. Love, mom

Elena Lilles

Posted On: 04 Nov 2012 01:13 AM

Congratulations Brian! What an amazing accomplishment! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back! Rest up!
Stage 4

1st November 2012 01:07 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

What a difference a day makes!


Thank you so much for the comments, it means the world to me. I am sitting here teary eyed from all the comments. It’s a bit embarrassing as this is definitely a “tough guy” race and crying isn’t really something these guys do.


Yesterday’s blog was probably a bit melodramatic. I can’t read it now, but I was at the lowest point of the race having been on the course for 10+ hours and coming in at sunset.


Today was simply amazing. I finished in 22nd place. I forget my exact time. I started the day off with my daily trip to the medical tent. The doctor told me that I couldn’t run today or tomorrow because of how sick I was. I was given some nausea medicine which I promptly managed to lose in my daze.


I started off the first stage following the doctor orders walking. I came to the first check point in 90th place. I was feeling sick to my stomach similar to the day before. Once I crossed the check point I began adding in some shuffling to my walk. As the miles passed I began feeling better and better. I started passing lots of competitors as my nausea subsided.


By check point two I was feeling pretty good and had moved up to about 60th place or so. I felt like I had ½ the Sahara in my shoe so I stopped for 10minutes to clean out the sand. The doctors at check point two realized I had run some and made sure to check my vitals. They have done a very great job staying on top of things while still letting us push our limits.


The heat started to turn up after check point three and we there were some large hard packed dunes to cross. I added back in some walking to my jog and didn’t pass to many competitors for a few miles. Then out of nowhere some cloud cover rolled in and the temperatures dropped by 20 degrees. I haven’t seen one cloud the entire time I was out here and was pleasantly surprised to say the least.


I began absolutely flying and was holding about a 9 or 9:30 pace. Although that doesn’t sound blazing fast on sand, with a pack and working on my 4th marathon in four days I was very pleased with the pace.


I approached check point three which was on top of a sand dune. I walked for 5 seconds right as I first hit the dune and then began to run up. It was really motivating to hear that I was one of three competitors all day to run up it.


I started to really tear once I left check point three. I caught Deyl about a mile in and we ran together for a few miles. He was doing great looking strong and holding a very steady pace. I was feeling good so I went ahead of Deyl. I even felt so good I began to sprint and at one point when I looked down at my watch I was running 6:30 minute miles. I was on the biggest runners high of my life and had goose bumps all over my body. I felt so strong and so good with the cool weather. As I knew going in heat would be my biggest hurdle not my fitness.


In the last 100 feet I sprinted past a competitor but couldn’t quite catch the guy in 21st. It’s been two hours since I got in and I feel very refreshed and ready to go for the 54 mile day tomorrow. I am praying to the Sahara gods that we get some of the cloud cover we had today, it will help me so much. This race is hard enough without the grueling heat we had the past three days.


My plan for tomorrow is all heat dependent. If the weather is similar as today I will try to run the entire thing and think I can do really well. If it is as hot as its been the past few days my plan is to rest 4-5 hours during the heat of the day. I want to run straight through regardless of the heat but that’s a sure fire way for me to end up attached to an IV in the medical tent.


I consider myself a pretty tough guy but some of these competitors are real warriors and have ten times the constitution I do. One guy has been walking with a broken toe. I cannot imagine how he is able to keep moving. It is taking him 8-10 hours a day to finish which cuts into his recovery time and sleep every night. Yesterday was so much harder to walk than run. I remember when I began researching this race and I thought “worst comes to worst I can walk.” How wrong was I walking is 10 times more grueling than running.


One of my tent mates has had his big toe drilled and drained of fluid since it was infected. I don’t know how he goes, on its truly amazing. He is a Danish guy with the build of Robo Cop.


The competitor in 2nd place pulled out of the race today because of chaffing on his groin. It doesn’t sound too bad, but I have some starting and its real painful. He has been lying at camp with his legs spread eagle all afternoon. Anyways I thought these stories would be enjoyable and I can say without a doubt all those competitors are so much tougher than me.


Beyond these random stories there are countless people in the medical tent every night getting blisters fixed and having their backs taped from chaffing of bags.


I think there are two women in the top 30. I have met some strong willed athletic women, but these girls blow them all out of the water. They are German and Swiss with legs more muscular than mine. One even brought a pack of cigarettes with her. I don’t know why but watching her smoke after every stage really cracks me up.


I realize from reading this everyone must ask why do people do this. I honestly doubt I will do this event again, though it has been an amazing experience. I started training for this six months ago and am in by far the best shape of my life. I am also really enjoying seeing the desert and Egypt in a way I would never experience on a tour bus. It also gives me an appreciate for the rest of my life. When I am back home I am going to really appreciate the simple things in life.


Thank you again for reading! As I said before it means the world to me and is keeping me going. Please keep the comments coming, I will need them.

Comments: Total (31) comments

Baby Huey

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 01:25 AM

GO TOWNSEND! That is great to hear that the 4th day was good. By the time you read this you will be done with the last 50 miles. I hope this goes smoothly. CONGRATULATIONS buddy. This is truly amazing. I am glad you were able to rest up today. I will be doing a cloud dance for you this evening. Hopefully I can convince some of the lingering clouds in SF to migrate across the world. Truly amazing buddy. No more need for inspirational quotes you are done.

Roberts Jeef

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 01:33 AM

Go Buddy!!! Almost there and it seems as though you are finishing strong. I wish I could be there and shout slogans at you like "No pain no gain!" But seriously, this thing is pretty crazy. Just fight through the final stage and remember how good a beer is going to taste when you are done. Miss you bro. Jeef

Marilyn Townsend

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 02:37 AM

Go BRIAN. Loved reading your blog tonight. Cldye and I saw on the race website your 5 hour time early this am California time for Stage 4. We were stunned at the fast time given all the medical problems yesterday. So the worst is over. So now we are reading the details of your day and it sounds like quite an adventure. Keep up the writing as we are following morning and night. We are driving to Oregon tomorrow morning but will stop at internet cafes along the way to read your blog. Love you. Mom

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 02:54 AM

Brian, Sounds good the way you managed you run today. Tomorrow sounds like a real dog. Hope you have some overcast and coolness, so it will not be a real hurting drag. Sounds like Dryl has a very steady progress that has keep him healthy and realatively fast. He seems to be very steady. Why do you think you were feeling good even though you didn't get your med? Was it only the heat/cool or was it a mental shift? It seems the cloud cover gave you a real burst of confidence and satisfaction allowing you to make up some ground.Is tomorrows 50+ miles the longest stage? Hopefully it doen't have all the other same attaractions of dunes and elevation changes with dry sand to go with the distance. Maybe stage thre is just a finish low mileage run. The desert is really a beautiful place if you let yourself appreciate the starkness. Shapes, sunrises/sunsets,etc. can be great in the desert. I have on the sesert road from Cairo to Alexandria and then the desert road tfrom Cairo to El Fayum and a little south of there, not in the western desert. I hear that there are underlying rivers in the area with running water deep in the sand. Hey, Have good day on stage 5. Pace and stay healthy. I also will do a cloud dance for you, but I was never a good dancer. Love Clyde.

Linda Townsend

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 03:49 AM

We have so enjoyed your blog. Amazing how you worked through the nausea. Go strong and smart on the long day. I will say a prayer for the Sahara cloud God to prevail. We are pulling for you. Linda

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 04:23 AM

Hey buddy, the only reason not to cry is the precious loss of water. 50 miles is a long way. It doesn't seem like your fitness is an issue but fluid and electrolyte balance will be. Try to maintain a steady pace so you don't overheat. Don't push too hard to early. I'll be praying for you and will be anxious to hear of your safe finish.

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 04:40 AM

Brian- Congrats to you! Your runners high is well deserved. People are very impressed and inspired by you. You have endured gruelating circumstances and found the strength to persevere. Kudos. Sending well wishes for cool temperatures and lots of clouds tomorrow. Very impressed. So happy for a great day for you. May tomorrow be amazing. Do what you have to stay out of that medical tent! Almost there! A cool beer will soon be in your hands and you'll enjoy it like never before.

Jeff Bonine

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 04:53 AM

Keep it up buddy, you've got one more grueling day left. 9:30, that is a great pace for me. I keep bragging about what a badass you are to all my friends and they can't understand why your doing this, but I know why your doing this, you should be extremely proud of yourself. Oh and that Swiss chick reminds me of Hague and Gurwell after rugby practices. I was breathing heavy and those guys would light up a cig on the sidelines. Stay strong and I hope for clouds!

Amelia Cline

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:02 AM

I suppose some reasons people do this race is to test the limits of physicality and perseverance. It is a testament to what you can achieve if you put your mind and energy into something. I have done some crazy hiking/physical experiences, and pushing my own limits and finishing something against the odds felt amazing. And my experience is nowhere near the endurance that is needed for what you are doing. I wouldn't say you are not as tough..you sound pretty tough to me! My mile time is probably close to 9 minutes without sand and heat :) I am hoping for the clouds as well for you. It is an inspiration to watch you put your mind to something, no matter how difficult and push through at the level that you have. Wow 54 miles in one day...Not only will a beer taste good you will be high from all the endorphins :) Good luck tomorrow!!!!!! GO TOWNSEND!!

Josh Stichter

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:15 AM

Great job today, Brian! Wow what a turnaround day for you. I can tell you it was no Sahara god that blessed you today :) It's really inspiring to watch you grow and battle and succeed on this journey. Almost there man! Keep it up and use all this growth and momentum to carry you through to the finish!

Josh Stichter

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:15 AM

Great job today, Brian! Wow what a turnaround day for you. I can tell you it was no Sahara god that blessed you today :) It's really inspiring to watch you grow and battle and succeed on this journey. Almost there man! Keep it up and use all this growth and momentum to carry you through to the finish!

Josh Stichter

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:15 AM

Great job today, Brian! Wow what a turnaround day for you. I can tell you it was no Sahara god that blessed you today :) It's really inspiring to watch you grow and battle and succeed on this journey. Almost there man! Keep it up and use all this growth and momentum to carry you through to the finish!

Eric Rodawig

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:20 AM

Wow, this all sounds incredible! Seems like you're pushing yourself just hard enough and doing great. You'll have to explain later why walking is worse than running, but hopefully there's more clouds today! I just left the desert myself after railing Jeremy Ausmus at the final table of the main event...

Jake Wilson

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 05:43 AM

Townsend you sand bagging son of a.... 9:30 miles no sweat huh... Haha all kidding aside I was excited to come home today and was looking forward to seeing how this stage went for you. Just hearing about your journey is inspiring. Not sure if you know but I coach a highschool football team. Today I shared your story with these 16-18 year old young men. We talked about mental toughness and physical pain. Things that most of us can not imagine and you are doing for "fun." hope you do not mind... But honestly what you just completed is phenomenal. I am do jacked up for you and glad you remained healthy... May the clouds be with you!!!!

Bruce Townsend

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 09:28 AM

Brian, I must tell you that I was a little worried for your health while reading your Stage one through Stage three blogs. But now I am much more confident about your prospects for a healthy finish after this reassuring Stage 4 news. Keep up the strong (but safe) effort. Bonne chance et bon courage, Dad

Sergio Benvenuti

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 10:18 AM

Great job Brian! Congratulations for what youve already done, good luck for the final stage and let's hope for some clouds... GOGOGO!!

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 12:00 PM

Brian - great to hear about your super day! Say what you want, but I have a feeling you'll be back to win it one day :)

Pablo Martinez

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 13:49 PM

Hi Brian, I am a friend of Deyl and a fellow marathon runner. I just wanted to give tell you how impressed I am for your resiliance and your ability to push thru and run or walk with heat and nausea. You have my admiration. Happy trails

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 14:34 PM

Brian, What a great job turning this race around! I am thrilled you had such a glorious experience in the desert during stage 4! That cloud coverage was sent for you my friend! I pray you had a good rest and that the 50 mile journey is going smoothly for you. Very soon we will all have tears of joy for you and Deyl! What a competitor you are!

Donna O\'hara-jaquith

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 16:04 PM

Hello Brian, I know you only because of reading your posts. I have known Deyl since he was a boy and feel as if he is one of my own. So I followed you too. WAY TO GO MAN!!!! You kept in and have posted very well under the adversity. And now the experience you had with the 4th stage really is amazing and great. I have to agree with Sharon about that cloud following you for a bit, it was sent to you. Clouds can be that way under Special circumstances! :-)Tough work out there and congrats again. Best of luck to you Brian.

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 16:21 PM

You motivated me to get of my ass, quit complaining about the cold weather here, and take my dogs running. They would like to thank you.

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 17:23 PM

I am SO glad the race has turned around for you. I can't imagine running all those miles and never feeling good about them (Just another reason you are doing this and not me!). Way to push yourself. I am praying that you have a GREAT 50 miler!! And no chafing. That sounds gnarly.

Luke Bjoin

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 21:58 PM

Brian!!! sorry I didnt post earlier! Its amazing to see the ups and downs of your race and Im so glad to see you are hanging in there and feeling better by the day. What you are doing is incredible and no one will ever be able to take this away from you. Even when you are a grandpa you will be more of a badass because of this. Only one more day then some much deserved rest and beer. Amazing Job bud!!!

Anastasia Vourakis

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 02:49 AM

Townsend, I know everyone has already said it, but your story is truly amazing and inspiring. I've been telling my family (my Dad says hi by the way!) about what you are doing and it is really awe inspiring. The physical strength and endurance is one thing, but the mental strength is half the battle and you are doing well! It's amazing what you can do to push yourself and test your limits. I'm really proud of you. I've got patients that have given up on themselves and to have a friend who is putting himself to the ultimate test is amazing. Take care of yourself and listen to the doctors! Stay hydrated! I'll be praying to Zeus and all the other Greek gods for clouds and cooler weather for you. I'm so proud of you. Keep it up!!

Anastasia Vourakis

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 02:49 AM

Townsend, I know everyone has already said it, but your story is truly amazing and inspiring. I\'ve been telling my family (my Dad says hi by the way!) about what you are doing and it is really awe inspiring. The physical strength and endurance is one thing, but the mental strength is half the battle and you are doing well! It\'s amazing what you can do to push yourself and test your limits. I\'m really proud of you. I\'ve got patients that have given up on themselves and to have a friend who is putting himself to the ultimate test is amazing. Take care of yourself and listen to the doctors! Stay hydrated! I\'ll be praying to Zeus and all the other Greek gods for clouds and cooler weather for you. I\'m so proud of you. Keep it up!!

Bruce Yp

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 05:25 AM

Hi Brian, Keep going and Keep going. On a long day it's about pacing. I hope you found the right one for you. Bruce Yp

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 13:26 PM

BRIAN.....YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!! Congratulations on this remarkable finish. You are a warrior in spirit and I am overwhelmed with joy that you were able to complete stage 5. I hope you are resting well now and that the remainder of your experience does not include nausea medicine! I am proud to know you!

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 13:50 PM

Great job finishing buddy! You persevered through a lot. I'm sure you had to dig deeper within yourself than ever before. The victory lap will be a breeze. Congrats!! Tim

Jamin Stokes

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 20:15 PM

I have been following you blogs the whole way Brian. This is absolutely incredible. Keep plugging away. You can finish this. What an amazing mental and physical accomplishment! You may even inspire me to get out from behind this computer and get active :)

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 21:18 PM

Brian, Sounds like it was an unbearably long day. But you made it in! according to the general web info. Your mom and i are dying to read your blog. We are sitting in an internet cafe in Florence Oregon following your race. Congraulations. I'm sorry I haven't gotten your blog, happy to see you still in the race.I read a blog from a couple of those who didn,t make it today and it sounds like they really had trouble. It really tries your whole being. What determination and fortitude you must have. Keep the blog coming. Love, Clyde

Yasmen Abdallah

Posted On: 20 Aug 2015 21:36 PM

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Stage 3

31st October 2012 01:06 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

Thank you for all the comments, it really helps and kept me strong.

Today was the hardest stage and really brutal for me. I woke up feeling very nauseous and took medicine for it at every check point. It took me over 10 hours to finish and I came in 83rd barely ahead of the sunset. I wish I had done better but if I had pushed more I might not have made it. I had to walk most of the day since my stomach felt like I was going to vomit anytime I got moving. Walking is so much harder and wearing on the body than running.

The runners with ultra-experience are really starting to shine in this race. I am starting to realize these stage races are about so much more than running. Most of today’s stage was over soft 200m sand dunes and it was hotter than the previous days. The medical team held me at every check point since I have put myself in the medical tent the past two days. I thought of quitting a few times today and it is so good to hear from everyone, please keep the comments coming.

I have to try to pee and am heading straight to bed. Sorry for the short blog I am wiped. Only two more days. I am looking forward to finishing.

Comments: Total (37) comments

Baby Huey

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 01:13 AM

Townsend- You should be getting this after the 4th day. The website states that it is "moderate" compared to what you did today, so hopefully it is not so bad and you are prepared for the big 80 km day tomorrow. As Jefferson said, "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." What you have done already is amazing. Saw that there was a fresh water pool at one of the checkpoints for you and I hope that was refreshing. You have this buddy. One more day. remember whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. TOWNSEND! TOWNSEND! TOWNSEND! you have got this buddy. One more day! One more Day! Keep it up.

Dan Flanigan

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 01:20 AM

Brian, Way to get through the day. Keep it going! We all cheering for you.

Josh Stichter

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 01:39 AM

Great job today man! Way to overcome your fears and doubts and push through. It is apparent that you are mentally tough enough to conquer this race. There are people competing against you thinking "man, if I could just perform at that guy's level!"

Megan S

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 01:56 AM

So my friend always has a quote underneath her email signature that reads "If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough." Soooo, I don't think you will be needing a board by the end of this; your efforts are amazing. Here are a couple more quotes for the road (or sand!)... *If you get a chance-take it; If it changes your life-let it. Nobody said that it would be easy... They just promised it would be worth it. *You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go. -Dr. Seuss [So keep on trucking...you can do it!!!] Stay safe

Vanessa Felts

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 02:50 AM

You have already accomplished so much and you will do more. Keep ahead of those thoughts of possible defeat- refute them. You are almost there Brian and you are strong enough to keep moving. One day at a time. You are amazing!

Tim L

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 02:57 AM

Keep it up man! That's is pretty awesome what you're doing. Amazing test of human endurance and strength. Mind over body buddy! Keep up the posts.

Chad Barron

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 02:58 AM

Townsend! Absolutely amazing what you are doing. What you've already completed is impressive, keep pushing and finish this beast! Sounds like it as mentally challenging as it is physical. I cant wait to hear from you at the finish line. You got this!

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:00 AM

Brian, Have been waiting for your blog. It does sound really rough. You do have great determination however. I have seen it many times before. I'm sorry that you have beenn haveing such a problem with nausea. That is no fun and hard on your body. Impossible to keep hydrated. Hopefully you can sleep tonight and be more rested and not nasueated tomorrow. Hang in there, except don't hurt yourself. I'm sure you can do it even if your not in the top ten. I would guess the ultra experience would help. You will have that experience after this race. A little story-- a professor on the campus has tried the western 100 for several years. Granted he is older (maybe 60) but he is yet to finish. He made it to 67 miles a few years ago but became so nasueated the withdrew on advice from medical. He still runs--I saw him two days ago at 6:30 am running on the greenbelt. At least he is persistent and loves to run. Love, Clyde.

David Jay

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:05 AM

Dude yes! Amazing! You're such a stud for powering through. Today sounded brutal!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't even know how anyone would go one mile through that. Rest up man! You can do it! One step at a time!

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:35 AM

Brain, it's not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. If you get cut short, and it sounds like that would only be by the medical staff, you are a true warrior. No more training could have prepared you for where you are. Rest well and let the spirit of your great following carry you. God Bless! Tim

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 03:47 AM

Brian, It was so good to hear you pushed through another day. Let all this support from your friends up lift you and carry you to the next point. You are a warrior and I am proud to know someone like you. God bless you.

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:13 AM

Brian- We are rooting for you. Just a couple more sunsets to go and this all will be behind you. Stay strong and one foot in front of the other. You have come this far you can go the rest.

Jake Wilson

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:22 AM

Townsend this phenomenal... The physical endurance is unbelievable, but given what you are going through your mental toughness is something that is truly impressive an something that most of us could never imagine... So proud of you. Like everyone of your rugby teammates we are watching and pulling for you!!!! Keep moving keep moving we are with you...

Rosie Krauter

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:41 AM

Dune you wish this race was over? ARE YOU SO TIRED YOU CAN'T EVEN SAND? Ok enough terrible, desert puns (feel free to punch me in the face when you get back). Keep going Townsend! This is something you are going to look back on and be so proud of yourself for completing. I'm proud of you and know you can do this.

Kate W

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:43 AM

Brian, you are a machine! You'll only have 1day left when you read this.... No matter what place you finish, know that you are a huge inspiration and should be SO proud of yourself! What you are doing is huge!! Keep those arms moving and the legs will follow!

Mike Walker

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:52 AM

Brian - hang in there. So many people here are cheering for you. My hope is that tomorrow will be a recovery day for you and then it is just one final push to the finish line. Good luck with stage 4. Stay safe and hydrated.

Scott Padway

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 04:59 AM

GO TOWNSEND! Keep going, you are an animal. Almost done man! One More DAY!!!

Judge Smales

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:13 AM

Hang in there Brian. Your determination is inspirational! We all know you can do it. Stay strong and finish, just another notch on your belt.

Jenny Deakyne

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:19 AM

Keep going, Brian! One foot in front of the other. You are an inspiration and have already done more than most others could even imagine. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Big cheers from Team Deakyne!

Tim Fitzpatrick

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 05:26 AM

Townsend- Serious respect buddy : this is awesome! I don't what is more impressive the fact that you are running like a ultra marathon badass or the fact that you are blogging about it! Seriously bro very cool! Keep it up! Think of how amazing it will be to cross that finish line and be sure to give yourself a few days after finishing to decide if you are ever doing anything like this again, my guess is that you will be hooked. Parvo Sed Lenti!!!!! Bluto

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 06:20 AM

Hang in there!! You are in the home stretch :)

Mikey Stotz

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 06:30 AM

Hey Brian - just got done reading the blog. Very inspiring. I have a bit of experience with ultras but nothing quite like what you're going through. I know how much a text or comment can keep you going when you feel like you have nothing left. Keep on trucking buddy. You're going to feel amazing after you complete this. A story that will last a lifetime. Good luck.

Erin Vernon

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 07:17 AM

You can do this Brian!!! Glad to hear the medical team is taking great care of you guys. I am so intrigued and amazed by what you guys are doing! P.S. your mom is probably worried sick about you. Stay strong and healthy!

Skye Sander

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 09:39 AM

You can do it Brian! We are praying God gives you rest and strength to get up and keep moving.

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 12:18 PM

You're doing great! Don't stress the times (easy for me to tell you) - focus on doing what you need to to make the next day. Like Cole mentioned - I can't wait to hear the extended version of the race at a later time. Keep it up!

Caitie D

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 13:30 PM

There is nothing in this world you can't do... You've trained hard for this, both physically and mentally, and let your body and mind carry you through. I have faith in you, Brian. You can do this. Take a deep breath and lace those shoes up.

Lisa Padway

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 14:15 PM

Townsend! Keep going! You are so crazy. I'm sure you are killing it in this race. Hope you're staying mentally strong and hydrated! You are going to have such an amazing feeling of accomplishment when you complete this race. Try to enjoy your unique surroundings as well. What an amazing opportunity and once in a lifetime experience. Take it in and enjoy it!

Amelia Cline

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 14:24 PM

You have come this far, and if you didn't quit today or yesterday after that I'm sure you can make it!!! I'm very impressed, and for your first one of these things! Keep trying to hydrate:) Its in your head to make your body move forward-I know you are a determined person... You can do it!

Kelly Kniwles

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 14:45 PM

Congrats on 3 tough days! 2 more to go!

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 15:53 PM

Brian, Saw the quotes in the company blog. Sounds like you had a good rest and and a good day in Stage 4. That is wonderful. Haven't gotten an update on time etc. Glad you were feeling good and I noticed that you were in the first 34 in since you were quoted. Also, this should give you some time to rest for the long haul tomorrow. Best of luck for a good day tomorrow Marilyn and I am leaving early for central Oregon coast, but we will stop at internet cafe to get word along the way. have a good day. I hope you enjoy it as much as today. I have to assume that you weren't naseated today, since it sounded like you like to run. Hang in there guy and make it through the last haul. Love Clyde.

May Gordon

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 19:04 PM

Hey Brian, Your determination and stamina are absolutely amazing. Nausea is so debilitating; I don't think any of us who are commenting could last more than a few hours..maybe including Bruce Y. Now there should be only one more day - you have already accomplished so much....xxx

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 20:43 PM

Brian- just went to the results page and see you completed stage 4. WOW! Congrats! Good for you! We can't wait to get a blog update. Almost there! Rooting for you!! Paige

Matt Lewis

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 22:38 PM

Saw you were quoted on the Breaking News on the Sahara Race Home Page: "At camp Brian Townsend said: "I just hope the weather will be the same tomorrow, as today I really enjoyed running for the first time this week." Keep enjoying it, you are almost there!!

Cole South

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 00:42 AM

You got this Brian! Almost there!!!

Bruce Yp

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 00:50 AM

Good going Brian. Results for stage four look alot better than stage three. Glad you recovered from a long day. Keep it up. Bruce

Linda Townsend

Posted On: 01 Nov 2012 01:05 AM

Glad to see that Stage 4 must have been better for you. It sounds so....brutal. Your perserverance is impressive. I am sure you will cross that finish line. Wishing you well, Linda

Marilyn Townsend

Posted On: 02 Nov 2012 21:22 PM

Dear Brian, I am just learning now about Stage 5 trials and tribulations. I anticipated a stage like the other stages. Now I see runners spending 25 hours plus in Stage 5. Send details about how you did it. The general website said you took 25 hours for the 52 miles and in terrible heat. Send details. Can't wait to read. Love you. Mom
Stage 2

30th October 2012 12:09 PM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

Today was another tough day. I finished the 26+ miles in 6 hours 12 minutes which was good for 17th place. I am not sure where that puts me overall but probably somewhere between 27th and 35th. 

I started off slower than slower yesterday and crossed the first check point in about 40th place. Deyl and I were running together which was nice. I was feeling great and my legs weren't to fatigued from yesterday. After check point one I picked up the pace and Deyl and I separated. I was feeling great until a few miles out of check point three. It started to get hotter and I got nauseous again. I stopped at check point three for about 10 minutes and the doctor gave me some anti nausea medicine again. After it kicked in I felt much better and took off running again. My good feeling didn't last long and I started to feel sick again. I was only 2 miles from the finish but I had to slow my pace to a walk as not to vomit. Getting sick yesterday really hurt my hydration today so I really wanted to avoid getting sick as I could see it being a downhill spiral. Deyl caught up with me a few hundred meters from the finish and we walked into together. He was nice enough to let me cross first.

I went straight to the medical tent and collapsed on the cot. The doctor offered me an IV, but on the condition that I would be out of the race. I declined though I was tempted as I was feeling so ill. Its been a few hours and I have downed some water and am feeling much better. It is a bit depressing knowing the cycle of lack of hydration will repeat tomorrow though.

Lots of competitors had trouble with today's stage. Right now its 3:30 and only 48 out of 140 competitors have come in. We started running at 7:00am and cutoff is 7:30pm tonight. Six people have already dropped out today and I would guess another 15-20 won't make it.

I am covered in sand as we covered some huge dunes today where to keep my balance I had to use my hands. The sand was so deep my arms went down to my elbows. The fly's are out in full force as well, everyone is covered in them. I hope once it gets dark they disappear otherwise it will be very hard to sleep.
Tomorrows stage is supposed to be the hardest one yet covering all large soft sand dunes. I am not sure what my plan is but I will probably try to cover as much ground as I can early and rest up at aid station 2 or 3 for a few hours if I get nauseous again. I know I need to be very careful out there as it could be 2.5-3hrs between aid stations with no water.

Thanks for the comments. Keep the coming I am going to need them tomorrow.

Comments: Total (29) comments

Baby Huey

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 00:29 AM

Townsend - I looked it up and you are currently in 26th, which is Awesome! 8 people dropped out during day two. Keep it up my man you are doing great. There is no such thing as impossible . . . the word itself says "i'm possible." Good luck with your next day. What you are doing is truly amazing and I know you can finish, you seem to be maintaining a cautious and safe pace. -huey

David Jay

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 01:03 AM

Holy crap! You're a stud! Wow! That's so gnarly and amazing! Can't wait to hear more. Keep charging man. You can do this!

Jeff Bonine

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 01:59 AM

Townsend, this sounds absolutely exhausting and although I would never do this, I am so proud to have a friend and a fellow teammate fight through such and unbelievably difficult test of strength, fitness, courage and tenacity. Cori and I wish you the best of luck as you finish. May you run well and stay mentally strong. So amazing!

Kyle Visin

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 02:17 AM

Good Job buddy! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and remember that this race is more mental than physical and I know how mentally strong you are! I'd bet on you!

Bryce Paradis

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 02:19 AM

Keep trucking.

Josh Stichter

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 02:39 AM

Great job today Brian. You won today. It sounds like it got ugly, but you won. Keep that in mind tomorrow if it gets ugly again. You're up 2-0 on this race!

Kate W

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 02:49 AM

Wow! Brian, you are doing amazing!! Keep it up & take care of yourself!!

Matt Lewis

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 04:03 AM

Good job Brian! I went for a 3 mile run today and tripped on a curb in the last quarter mile bc I wasn't paying attention....actually fell to the ground!! So what you are doing in that terrain, the focus and determination you have is awesome. First, take care of yourself and then just keep moving forward...you'll make it to the finish. Best of luck to you - Matt

Kasey Sander

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 04:05 AM

Dang! Keep pushing through it Brian! You can do it. Hope you feel better and good luck tomorrow!!!

Skye Sander

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 04:09 AM

You can do this Brian! You are such a baller!

Brian Hastings

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 04:14 AM

Amazing job so far Brian, so impressed with your drive. Keep up the good work!

Erin Vernon

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 07:15 AM

Wow Brian. I awestruck and impressed with what you are doing. You will not regret this, regardless of what happens. Hopefully your body will adjust by tomorrow and you will be amazing!

Erin Vernon

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 07:15 AM

Wow Brian. I awestruck and impressed with what you are doing. You will not regret this, regardless of what happens. Hopefully your body will adjust by tomorrow and you will be amazing!

Ty Vernon

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 07:20 AM

I'm rooting for you man! You are an inspiration to everyone! Sending you great thoughts!

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 10:27 AM

Crazy stuff Brian. With four days to go, just remember to pace yourself and slow down at the right times - especially with the hard stage tomorrow. Good luck in the next few stages!

Amanda Leone

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 14:17 PM

Doing great Brian! You are finishing, that's the amazing part. Don't let your head dictate what your body is already trained for. Use a mantra to help you overcome your mind and get you to the finish everyday, YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Amanda Leone

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 14:17 PM

Doing great Brian! You are finishing, that's the amazing part. Don't let your head dictate what your body is already trained for. Use a mantra to help you overcome your mind and get you to the finish everyday, YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Bruce Yp

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 15:27 PM

Good job Brian, Keep on being smart. By now you're probably done with stage three. After the half way mark you can start counting down the stages. Bruce and Linda

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 16:21 PM

Brian, It really sounds rough. The heat must be very hard to overcome when working long distances. The 2-3 hours without waterf doesn't sound good in that heat either. Sounds like a lot of people had probelms in the 2nd stage. If three is worse there will be a lot dropping out. Keep up the good work. At least your pack is becoming lighter. Have you found a buddy with extra food? Hope so for the end of the race. hang in there, I know it would be difficult for you to drop out with all of your determination. It sounds like your friend is also having some issues. Maybe his slower steady pace would get rid of your nausea problem. You may want to try it one day. After the second day you were in 26th place. That is outstanding. Take care B. We love you. Clyde.

Dan Flanigan

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 16:43 PM

Brian, great work. Love the updates and can't wait to hear more. It's amazing what you are doing. Keep powering through.

Marilyn Townsend

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 16:55 PM

Brian, Clyde and I are following you several times a day. We see this am [for you last night] that you are recuperating in medical and refusing the IV. and 26th place. Unbelievable. So hopefully you will get 8-10 hours sleep tonight. Are you able to eat easily? What is your weight today? The flies do not sound appealing; must be driving you crazy. Our thoughts are with you every moment today homey. Love, mom

Paige Kearin

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 17:29 PM

Brian- Thanks for posting. We are keeping you in our prayers and you are incredible. So inspiring. Nothing remarkable is easy - keep at it! We are rooting for you. Best wishes on staying hydrated and wishing for cool weather. You are in the thick of a great adventure. Best, Paige

Bowsly Bow

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 18:46 PM

You got this Townsend. You have already accomplished so much. Keep positive and remember to enjoy the journey. Stay hydrated and take care of yourself! I wish I could send some of this rain in Portland your way!! We're cheering for you!

Cole South

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 19:17 PM

Stay tough and hang in there Brian. You can do it! Looking forward to celebrating your finish when you get back. After all of this training though, there's no way I will be able to keep up with you on the ski slopes haha.

Sharon Kearin

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 22:14 PM

Brian, I am thinking of you and sending you lots of love and strength from California. Keep your positive attitude and know how proud we all are of you! You already have an A plus on your paper for just showing up for this incredible challenge. Stay healthy my friend!

Tim Kearin

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 22:23 PM

Brain, be careful buddy! I know how much you want to push yourself but don't push yourself over the edge. I'd seek out good advise on hydration because the harder you push the faster you'll dehydrate. I'll be following your blog and praying for you. Tim

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 23:41 PM

Brian, It sounds like you had a hard time today. I hope the nausea did not come back and bother today. It sounds like tomorrow will not be so difficult (moderate). Lets hope that is the case. Are you OK? It did indicate that there were many people that came in behind you at even 12 hours. I'm sure you are really working at it and it is really tough. I can't imagine walking in sand let alone runing in sand for any duration when it is hot. There are sand dunes south of Alva, Oklahoma (called "Little Sahara") where people walk and ride dune buggies but I dought that anyone trained there. Let us know how you are!! Get some rest and see what happens tomorrow. Love Clyde.

Peter Schwagly

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 23:56 PM

Great work Brian - thanks for taking the time to keep us posted. Slow and steady is going to put you in a very impressive position.

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 31 Oct 2012 02:25 AM

Brian, how are you? It sounds like you had a tough day. I hope that the nausea did not strick again. It is good to see that there were several people that cam in behind you. It also sounds like the stage will
Tale Of Two Races

28th October 2012 11:53 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

My game plan for today was to run hard while it was cool and slow down when the heat set in. I started off in about 30th place and had crept up into 4th place by the first check point. I kept pushing to the 2nd check point and was in 3rd place. The first twelve or so miles were on nice dirty track and made for great running. After the 2nd check point it started getting warmer and sandier. I began to feel the heat so I started walking (probably not soon enough) and began getting passed by lots of people. At mile 16 I started to feel sick and began vomiting. When I reached the third check point I was put in the medical tent, given nausea medicine and water. The doctor let me go after 30 minutes and I set out for the final leg. It was very warm at that point and I was forced to walk for fear of vomiting up all my liquids again. I crossed the finish line in 5hrs 40min and I was in 40th place out of 140.

The first stage was quite a bit easier than I was anticipating (I am not saying it was easy!). The terrain was much more hard packed than I thought it would be and although it was hot it was nothing like Death Valley. If it had been 125+ degrees as it was out on the dunes in Death Valley I don't think I would have finished today. My hats off to anyone who can finish Badwater, its seems so intense. One of the Brits, Toby, summed up the race really well when he said it was more of how you deal with heat than how fit you are.

I felt incredibly prepared for the race and was so thankful my pack only weighted 16.5lbs. My shoulders are still sore, I couldn't imagine running with a 25lbs pack. My food has been delicious and I have already downed 3000 calories or so and its only 3pm. I may regret as I am dipping into future days food, but I figure being stronger and having a lighter pack will help me. We will see in a few days though. All my other gear has worked great. I have one blister but it doesn't hurt. My preparatio really paid off today.

Tomorrow's stage is longer and supposed to be harder terrain. I am not totally sure of my game plan. I am debating pacing more but when I trained that way I still hit the heat wall at roughly the same time as when I ran harder early. Then I have to spend more time in the heat as I have to cover more ground, but pacing may let me avoid the medical tent. 

I have been very impressed with Racing the Planet. They really exceeded my expectations.

Thanks for reading and drop me a comment. Big shout out to Huey for already dropping me one, it will inspire me tomorrow!

Brian

Comments: Total (7) comments

Bruce Yparraguirre

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 02:18 AM

Slow Brian Slow You're off to a great srart. I'm sure you've done your home work and know the course. You've done the training and it is time to race smart. When you feel good cover some ground. When you hit bad ground save some for the good ground to come. Go Brian Go Bruce and Linda

Caitie D

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 03:04 AM

We just got 11cm of snow today, and 15 cm more are being called for tomorrow. Think of the powder waiting for you at the end of this hot desert... Keep running hard, you're doing great

Caitie D

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 03:04 AM

We just got 11cm of snow today, and 15 cm more are being called for tomorrow. Think of the powder waiting for you at the end of this hot desert... Keep running hard, you're doing great

Baby Huey

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 05:56 AM

Townsend- Keep it up buddy, you should be done with your second day when you read this. I hope that it is smoother than the first. Rosie and I are routing for you. 40th in this race is awesome. Giants just won the World Series if you care. I will leave you with a quote from Vince Lombardi(I just decided I am going to post something super inspirational each day). "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious." I will have another good one for you tomorrow. Keep it up. what you are doing is truly amazing.

Liz Groom

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 18:30 PM

Keep plugging...smiles n energy to you...oooo's

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 29 Oct 2012 20:27 PM

brian, Really proud of yuo and all your work that seems to be paying off. Doesn't sound reall great that you end up in the med tent however. the 40th finish is awesome however don't burn your self out. Hook up with someone with a little extra food. Hang in there. You are doing well and I am sure you will finish with flying colors, plus lots of effort. Go! Brian. Clyde.

Vanessa Felts

Posted On: 30 Oct 2012 02:26 AM

You are one of the smartest guys I know so I know you will conquer this race mentally and physically. Stay strong, you are doing awesome!
From Egypt With Love

26th October 2012 04:49 AM[(GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague]

I arrived in Cairo two days ago. The trip was about 24 hours from my place to the hotel and all my flights went smoothly. I haven't drank much alcohol in the past year and went a bit overboard on the wine on my Vancouver Frankfurt leg. I woke up not feeling refreshed and with a pounding headache, very dumb by me! 

I am a bit of a travel nerd, and was excited to fly on Lufthansa's first class for the first time. I got lucky with award availability and was able to upgrade 10 days ago from business. I was flying in Lufthansa's older first class and must say I wasn't too impressed. If I had paid full fare for the ticket (~22k) I would have been very disappointed, but the price was right for a few frequent flyer miles! Of all the international premium cabins I have flown I think Virgin Atlantic has the best product, even though there highest class of service is classified as business. Virgin is the only airline I would consider paying full fare for their upper class, I find it to be great value. That said I haven't flown any of the Asian carriers except Asiana airlines and Philippine airlines.  

The hotel was about 20 minutes from the airport and when I arrived the car was sniffed with dogs for weapons. Then I had to go through a metal detector and all my luggage was scanned to make sure I wasn't trying to get a bomb into the hotel. It was nice to know that the hotel is secure but very eye opening to what has been going on in the middle east. Here is a random shot of me on the balcony of the hotel.  

 

Yesterday I met some of the race participants and race directors. From talking to the race directors it sounds like it's not going to be as hot as it has been in the past. They were saying it will probably only get up to 110 degrees or so, which is so much more manageable then 120+ degrees. As I have wrote about before heat is what I think is most likely to stop me from finishing. Since my last blog I really cut down on my running and increased my sauna work. At the end I was doing 45 minutes daily in the sauna with 15 minutes of that was spend doing core work, pushups and dips. Its surprising how doing some light working out in 160 degree sauna tires you out. Hopefully it pays off. Here is a random shot of me on the balcony at the hotel. 

I was impressed by the other racers and how athletic they all looked. Usually I don't think people look like they would be athletes, but pretty much everyone I have met who is doing the race looks like they are in amazing shape and can really run. Most had shaved heads and veins popping out of every part of their body. For those who haven't seen me in the past week, I shaved my head as well. Hopefully it will help keep me cooler as well. I have had the same haircut since elementary school, so I feel like a shaved sheep with my buzz cut. Here I am right after.  

 

After meeting some people with the race I went back to my room and ziplocked up all my food, electrolytes and laid out my bag. I am bringing 2500 calories a day. I estimate that I will be burning 5000-7000 calories a day, so I will be losing more than a pound a day in weight, not to mention all the liquids I will be losing. From reading other peoples blogs it sounds like lots of people bring to much food and you can scavenge for their leftovers so I am hoping I can get a few hundred extra calories a day from others. I have been cutting out more and more of my amenities and I got my pack down to a very svelte 16.5lbs with no water. This will put me at one of the lightest packs. 

Here is a picture of all my gear and food for the seven days. 

 

After packing up I went for an hour run on the golf course. It started off very sluggish, but then some of my mindless top 40's music came on and I found my groove. I am going to change out my music to more mindless pop songs, though I will have to conserve as I only have 15 hours of music on my one ipod (one of the few amenities I brought). The run finished up great, though I was disappointed that I couldn't run outside of the hotel gate and see Cairo because of the recent unrest in the area. One of my favorite things to do when traveling in a new city is just start running and seeing the city by foot. I have so many great memories from those runs. 

Today Deyl and I are hopefully going to do some tourist things. I wanted to head to the museum, see the sphinx and the great pyramid. Tomorrow we have a competitor briefing first thing in the morning followed by a gear check. Then we have a four hour drive south west of Cairo to the first stage campsite. Then the following morning at 7:30am we have our first leg. In past years that has been the easiest part of the course, so hopefully I can get most of the miles covered before it gets warmer. 

My body has been feeling amazing the past week. I have been really happy with my tapering. I have been getting so many adrenaline rushes just thinking about the race. I love the feeling! 

Thanks again for reading and all the support on the blog, I know I am going to need it over the next week. My next update will be after stage one, hopefully everything goes smoothly!

Comments: Total (16) comments

Andrew King

Posted On: 26 Oct 2012 17:19 PM

I love that you went to the barber or salon or whatever to shave your head. I also like to think then when you say top 40's pop you really mean One Direction. One Man, One Desert and One Direction! GO TOWNSEND

Scott Padway

Posted On: 26 Oct 2012 17:38 PM

Good luck buddy! I'll be cheering for you. If you need some extra pounds when you come back I am sure I can spare some...and don't forget to bring some Vassoline (you can do anything as long as your all lubed up)!

Clyde Elmore

Posted On: 26 Oct 2012 22:48 PM

brian, I am very impressed with your determination to do well, even if you don't make a certain time. The location seems to be very impressive so someome is carrying a camera. I assume it is staff since the runners don't want to waste the weight. It is a great task that you are doing. Good luck and stay healthy. Clyde.

Linda Townsend

Posted On: 27 Oct 2012 03:48 AM

Bruce and I are enjoying following your adventure. Wishing you the best of luck.

Brian Townsend

Posted On: 27 Oct 2012 04:07 AM

Linda, Thanks for the support!  

Clyde, Most people are brining a camera but I decided not too. I really wanted one, but after talking with the photographer it sounds like there will be tons of pictures which will be of much better quality than what I could take with a phone.  

Scott, I have butt butter!  

Huey, I do have one direction on the ipod, good call!

Brian Townsend

Posted On: 27 Oct 2012 04:10 AM

Huey, Also the buzz cut was a last minute decision, thats why I was at a barber!

Lori Hensic

Posted On: 27 Oct 2012 18:57 PM

Go get em tiger!!! So PUMPED for you Brian, you're gonna do great! Keep up the hard work and know that we're all cheering for you stateside. What an inspiring and motivating story yours is ;) Best of luck! xoxo

Baby Huey

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 02:58 AM

As I write this it is the day of first leg. So I am assuming you will get this after your first day of running. I hope it went well. Keep going buddy. I will be checking your times. GO Townsend! Go Townsend! Go Townsend! Keep on going! The first day is always the hardest it is like a Monday. Just keep listening to that pop music.

Megan Stichter

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 06:38 AM

Brian- Following you and Deyl this next week and could not be more excited for you! You are ready! Have fun out there and enjoy!!!

Kate W

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 16:09 PM

I hope your first leg went well! Cheering you on from the westcoast! Go Brian Go!!!

Regis Chen

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 19:35 PM

Don't forget to bring your laptop and your DSLR with you on the race :) Best wishes to you and I'm confident you'll kick some ass!

David Jay

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 20:12 PM

So stoked you're there and that you're powering up with some vino! :)

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 20:15 PM

Enjoy it and don't go too crazy ...

Vanessa Felts

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 22:16 PM

I have been thinking about you and Deyl all day! You're 1 day down and 6 more to go at this point and I hope you're still feeling amazing. You put in the work- now enjoy the adventure! So stoked for you Brian!!!

Sarah Ewing

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 22:35 PM

I'm nervous for you! I can't wait to hear how you rocked stage one. Keep moving and keep positive.

Bryce Paradis

Posted On: 28 Oct 2012 23:38 PM

Good luck!
10 Days Until I Depart!

14th October 2012 03:19 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

My next entry is going to be from Africa! I am pumped to leave, but having a bit of trouble keeping my running motivation up. Good thing I am tapering! It started raining everyday and I just can’t motivate myself to go for my long runs. That’s okay though as I need to be tapering and I never taper. Once I get in the rhythm of exercising I like doing it consistently. I find that tapering just makes me a bit sluggish on race day, but that’s probably because I have never done it properly. I have never even followed a full 20 week training probably, so that probably has something to do with it.  

I am not really sure what my taper plan is but this week I did 36 miles with a slight pack. Next week I am planning 30 miles with no pack and then 10-20 miles the week before the race when I am in Africa.  

Last week I went out to Death Valley and did a 3hr, 4.5hr and 3hr run. The first run was an evening/night run when I got in and felt amazing. It started off around 105 degrees but quickly cooled off to the mid 90s. Unfortunately days two and three didn’t go as smoothly and I suffered from the heat. Day four started off great for the first 2.5-3 hours. Then it hit 110 degrees and I got a bit of heat stroke. I also had huge cramps after the heat hit and I was forced to walk, which I could hardly do as the cramps were so bad.  

When I went back to my hotel room I couldn’t even get my shoes off as my cramps were so bad. I was having really bad abdominal cramps, so anytime I bent over my stomach would seize up. It looked like something from Aliens where one of my ab muscles would cramp and stick out a few inches from the rest of them. The next morning my abs were sore from contracting randomly. I guess one plus to the cramps is you get a good workout!  

I was still suffering after day two, so my run on day three was very hard. I was okay until about 11am when it got up to 105 degrees and the cramping started in again. I was running very slowly to avoid cramping but they still it set in. I also don’t think I drank enough water when I finished my 4.5 hour run the day before and was feeling dizzy and light headed because of it. Since I was out alone I didn’t want to push anymore so I quit after three hours.  

During the race I plan to run hard early when it’s cooler and then walk once it hits 100+ degrees. This last trip to Death Valley really showed me that I can’t get behind on electrolytes and hydration. Once I am it’s almost impossible to catch back up. The heat will be the main reason I don’t finish so I plan to really monitor it and take my time when it’s hot. I may also have to spend a few hours in the aid stations when it’s hot to get my core temperature down, rehydrate and catch back up on electrolytes.  

I have been very motivated to get in the sauna. Right now I do 45 minutes every day in the ~160 degree sauna. Starting tomorrow I am going to add in some shadow boxing or jogging in place in the sauna to make it even more difficult. Beyond sauna training I don’t know what else I can do to prepare for the heat.  

My goal of 45 hours that I set in the last blog is probably a bit to lofty, especially if it gets hot. I am not going to worry about my time going into this race and just be mentally prepared for the heat. That means setting aside speed and just making sure I feel great at all times in the race. If I start to feel the heat at all I need to take a break, as I can go from feeling fine to being totally cramped up and unable to walk in 60 minutes. 

The furthest I have ever run in my life is 25 miles, which I have done a few times during my training. I have never actually done 26.2 miles for a true marathon distance. The 50 mile day is going to be really tough, especially with the fatigue from the four days before. That said I am not to worried about the distance, as long as the heat doesn't get me. We will see what I say though when I am at mile 35 and exhausted!  

As for preparation, I feel that everything is in place. I know exactly what I am eating, how much of it and when. The only change to my food is that I am brining some salt and vinegar potatoes chips. I just crave them whenever I run for hours, and they have a good calorie to weight ratio. That is the one food item that I don’t think is nutritionally optimal to weight that I am bringing. One other small decision I have to make is on my shoes. I am debating between two pair and will make last minute decision on which to wear. Everything else is all laid out on my guest bed and I plan on packing up my pack next week.  

Until next time from Africa!

Comments: Total (1) comments

Sergio Benvenuti

Posted On: 23 Oct 2012 23:16 PM

Awesome man! keep up with the info and good luck!
Confessions Of An Internet Stalker

1st October 2012 09:31 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

I have to admit I have been stalking some of the race participants looking at their past fitness results. There are some very impressive athletes signed up for this race. Many participants have incredible track records with countless ultra’s or doing 10+ ironmen. I have been trying to get an idea of what type of pace I will have for this race. It’s easy to sit at home and think I can hang with the top guys who will be running at 9:00-9:30 mile pace. It sounds so easy but the reality is guys who are doing that pace have done countless ultra’s and are lifelong athletes. They didn’t just show up with six months of training but a lifetime.  

In Santa Barbara Mike Swan is regarded as one of the top ultra runners. He is a great athlete, especially when he was training very hard ten years ago. To give some idea of how elite the runners are in the Sahara race, Mike finished Western states in just under 24 hours. Ryan Sandes who won a few of these races completed western states in just over 15 hours. The top male, Vincente Juan Garcia Beneito, who is running this Sahara race, actually had a faster time than Ryan by an hour when he did the Gobi race a few months ago. I would guess that Mike Swan in his prime would have finished the Sahara race in about 40 hours.  

I’d like to think I am in about as good of shape as Mike was but that’s probably not realistic. Based off these times I would love to finish in less than 45 hours or at a pace of 17min/miles. Doesn’t sound very impressive, but I think this would be an amazing accomplishment for my first ultra marathon. When you look at people finishing this race in sub 40 hours you see some incredible accomplishments on their resumes. It’s pretty rare to see someone come in under 40 hours who hasn’t had a lifetime of endurance training. At the end of the day though just finishing in anytime will be an amazing accomplishment.  

If the unfortunate does happen and I don’t finish, I don’t think I will be too disappointed. This has been an amazing journey and regardless of if it ends with me getting bit by a snake on day one and having to pull out or finishing in sub 40 hours I think I will be happy. I am in by far the best shape of my life and have more energy than I have ever had. I feel so strong, like I am on steroids. I have never taken steroids but this is how I imagine they would feel at least. After long 5 hour runs I think no way can I run tomorrow, but then I wake up and I feel refreshed and ready to run. It is such an amazing feeling getting huge adrenalin rushes all the time. It’s a better feeling than any drugs I have ever done! I am surprised with how strong my upper body is from wearing this heavy pack. My core feels stronger than ever. When I go to yoga and we do planks for 2-3 minutes I don’t even feel it while everyone around me is groaning and going to their knees. I often stay up during the rest period for more of a workout, but feeling like a teacher’s pet when I do it! I can also do about 20 pull-ups and about 80 pushups in a minute. I remember a few years ago I couldn’t do two pull-ups! That’s quite an improvement since I don’t really train or do them too often.  

This past week has been my biggest week of running ever. In the prior seven days I have run 98 miles all with a 15lbs pack at about a 10.5-11min/mile pace with a 130 heart rate. About 15% was on roads, 15% on trails and the remaining 70% was in very soft sand. Unfortunately in Vancouver there aren’t long sandy beaches but just about a 2.5 mile stretch, so I ran it countless times. I would guess without a pack and on roads I would have covered 130-140 miles at the same heart rate, which is a pretty incredible amount of distance. I feel pretty awesome considering how many miles I ran. I had some slight hip pain but pretty minor all things considered.  

This week I am off to Death Valley for my final week of training before tapering. I am not sure how many miles I am going to run this coming week but want to get three big days in a row in the heat. I’d like to do 3 hours my first day, 5 hours my 2nd and 6 hours my 3rd. We will see if my body is okay with it! That may be all I run next week, or I might do one more long run over the weekend.  

I have all my gear in order except I may make a change in my shoes and calories that I am taking. On this Death Valley trip I plan to eat 3500-3800 calories a day and see how my body does on fewer calories. I will have 800 calories for breakfast, about 200 cal/hr while running, 800 calories within 1-2 hours of finishing running and 800 calories for dinner. Although 3500 calories sounds like lots, I would require about 6000 on the long running days. Before the trip I am also going to eat 500-800 calories less than I normally do so I go in on a caloric deficit as I am only in Death Valley for three days. Hopefully this will give me some idea if I can do the race on 3000 calories a day or if I need to bring more. From reading others blogs most people don’t eat much by day four or five. I find that when I run all I want to do is eat!  

I have also done a few things I thought I never would to prepare for this race. I am brining almost zero amenities. That means no sleeping pad, no tooth brush (I am brining floss though!), no bug spray, only 2 ounces of sunscreen, possibly only 3000 calories a day, minimal warm clothes for the evenings, and only two pairs of socks. I have also gone as far as to shave my legs (hair gets incredibly dirty) and cut my hair very short. I am not sure if I am going to shave my head before the race but I do think it would help with the heat.  

Once again thanks for all the support, it means lots to me!

Comments: Total (3) comments

Deyl Kearin

Posted On: 01 Oct 2012 21:39 PM

You're going to kill it!

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 02 Oct 2012 18:36 PM

Unbelievable! Sounds like all the momentum is on your side with less than a month to go. Thanks for all the updates - it's great to have them as the race date approaches.

Anastasia Vourakis

Posted On: 08 Oct 2012 17:25 PM

Townsend, this sounds amazing! I'm so proud of you for all the hard work and training that you are going through. I know everything you do, you give it 110% of your effort and I know you will succeed. Keep up the great work! Can't wait to read about the rest of it!
Its In The Way That You Use It...

18th September 2012 04:08 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

I have so much I want to talk about, it's going to be very hard not to totally nerd out on it all. I’ll try to keep it shorter for the non runners! If any of the other runners have any questions ask away in the comments, I have tried tons of different gear/food and and feel like I have a pretty good idea what works.  

Here is a shot of me taking a quick break out on the dunes, in the morning. I hate using imageshack as the pictures disappear after a month or so. If anyone knows a better site let me know! 

 

I had a pretty successful trip to death valley this past weekend, even though I didn't run as far as I wanted. I felt as though I have about 95% of my gear in perfect order and the items I need to switch up are pretty minor or substituting one workable item for a great one. I am actually feeling incredibly prepared for the race in terms or gear and fitness. I found that my body recovered incredibly well day to day. I was even thinking of going for a run today after dong 75 miles last week, but thought I should take a rest day. My legs felt almost completely rested every morning. The one area where I am most concerned is my electrolyte plan. 

As not to bore everyone I am going to keep the training part short and sweet. I know whats its like reading a blog and thinking BORING! I did three runs this weekend of 12,18 and 16 miles in 92 degree, 115 and 115 degree heat. The first one went amazing. The 2nd was great until mile 14 when I started to cramp severely. I wanted to do 30 miles, but it was good to see my body shut down in the heat and get some idea of what I need to do to have a better electrolyte plan. Here is a video of my calf after the run where you can see how it convulses uncontrollably. 

 

Day three I ran very slow at the start of the day to try to see if I could avoid the cramps by keeping a slow consistent pace. I also started with three electrolyte pills an hour and an electrolyte drink instead of only the two pills I was taking the day before. Once it hit 115 degrees my body seized up again and I was reduced to almost a walk. The cramps weren’t as bad as the previous day but slowed my pace by about 5 minutes a mile. 

I really want to figure out this electrolyte situation as I think I will be able to do amazingly well in this race if I have it sorted. Cramps are definitely my big limiter now. I could see taking off 5 minutes a mile over the entire race if I get a good electrolyte plan. I have been doing lots of reading and am planning another trip to death valley to see if I can have better results. I think I may cut the caffine gels as it saps salts from your body. If anyone has any articles or tips please send them my way. The heat really slows me down, more than most people, as I sweat a huge amount. Here is a picture of me after day three and you can see the salt stains in my shorts. They could stand up on their own! 

 

Last week I did a long run with a diferent pair of socks and got a huge blister on my toe. Luckily for me when I wear my swiftwick socks and my broken in shoes I don't get any blisters. Its pretty amazing with all the running this weekend this one didn't pop. I have an appointment to see my pedicurist, Kimmi, tomorrow. She is so amazing and works wonders on my feet. I gotta admit one thing I love about Ultra training are the massages and pedicures. 

 

I am so fortunate in so many ways, I couldn't imagine the agony of bad blisters. Its pretty crazy that that I don't even notice that bad boy when I run. I have zero issues with so many big problems.  

The death valley trip was also great to find out that the sweeter nutrition bars and gels didn't sit well with me. I have decided to go with beef jerk and pemmican bars. I am also taking the sweeter versions for the run for the simple carbohydrates and unsweetened varieties for after as I prefer them. My pre and post race nutrition was great and will be eating lots of chicken tikka, chicken korma, oatmeal with blueberries and almond butter. They all tasted so good and I even found myself craving them as I was running.  

I am aiming to have my calories per ounce at about 140, and bring somewhere between 3000 and 4000 calories a day. From reading others blogs most people lose their appetites by day four or five. I won't be able to recreate a race situation like that so I won't know if I will still have one that far into the race. I was eating about 5k-6k calories a day when I was in death valley and could have eaten more. I also intent to front load my calories and eat more the first few days to lighten my pack and keep my strength. I admit it will suck running 50 miles and only have 2000 calories to eat afterwards, but those are the sacrifices you make! Luckily they force you to keep 2000 calories a day, otherwise I wouldn't have any food for days six and seven. 

If it only gets to 100-105 degrees during the race I think I will have an amazing performance. If it gets up to 115-120 I think I will be walking during the heat of the day and even laying up in the aid stations. Heres hoping to some relatively cool weather!

Comments: Total (7) comments

Deyl Kearin

Posted On: 18 Sep 2012 04:24 AM

Here's hopin!!

Jeff Bonine

Posted On: 18 Sep 2012 04:43 AM

Awesome man, when you first told me about this race I thought what a crazy sob, but with your training and prep your gonna kick some serious Sahara ass. Can't wait to see the final time!

David Jay

Posted On: 18 Sep 2012 15:42 PM

Legit man! Wow! That video of your calf is crazy! You guys are gonna kick butt!

Jon Gannon

Posted On: 18 Sep 2012 17:19 PM

You might want to consider Chia seeds. They absorb water, line the stomach and actually help maintain your internal electrolyte balance. Plus full of other goodness. I\'ve been using them in training and see a difference.

Cole South

Posted On: 18 Sep 2012 18:35 PM

Awesome job, keep it up and good luck!

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 26 Sep 2012 00:15 AM

That blister is grose. Good gear is so critical whenever you do any sort of long race. Glad to hear things are clicking well!

Amanda Leone

Posted On: 29 Sep 2012 12:37 PM

Wow! Your dedication is so inspiring! Totally proud of you!!!
A Journey Of A Lifetime (48 Days!)

10th September 2012 03:59 AM[(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time(US & Canada); Tijuana]

I have been meaning to blog for awhile, but haven’t gotten to it. I got a few emails today from friends asking me how my training was going, so I thought I should get on this blog. I meant to buy my own domain and blog there, but now it seems like to much work, so I'll just start here. I want to keep a record of my training and the experience of the race as I have a feeling its going to be amazing. I am doing this race with my good buddy, Deyl Kearin. He first told me about this race two years ago. I remember looking at him and saying that he was insane for even considering it. Then four months ago I went to him and said we should do it, so that’s how we ended up here. For those who don't know, this is a 5 day (technically 7 days but you only run 2k-10k the final two days) 156 mile race through the sahara desert where you carry everything but your own water. 

I have read every other blog posted and they are so wonderful. One common theme from every blog is that getting comments from home makes all the diference in the world. I want to hear from as many people as I can when I am out there! I think it will really help me push. So thats another reason I wanted to start this blog. My favorites blogs that I have read are from the people who finish in 70+ hours. When you read there blogs you really feel their pain and wonder how the hell they were able to finish. Some were very unprepared and came at the last minute. I don't want to pick any out but some are incredible stories of overcoming insurmountable odds. (Look for the one where a guy showed up last minute to surprise his Mom!) 

As the race gets closer I find myself being more and more consumed by it. Today I ran 20 miles in 3.5 hours. 7 miles were to Jericho beach in Vancouver and the remaining 13 were going up and down the same 3 mile stretch of soft sand beach over and over. The girls playing volleyball thought I was insane, but I guess I am kinda that weird running guy now. I have been wearing a 20 pound pack to train but lightened the load to 15lbs today. I held a heart rate of 140 bpm. It was the first overcast day in Vancouver so I opted not to wear my ski gear running. I have been trying to get adjusted to the heat so I have been layering up. Between wearing less cloths and having 5 less pounds on my back I felt like I was flying today. Although 10min miles doesn't sound too fast, it’s not bad for ankle deep sand with a pack. After the run I went to the sauna for 1/2 hour at 160 degrees. I have been doing a badwater sauna training schedule to prepare for the heat. I think the heat is going to be my biggest problem in the Sahara. 

A month ago Deyl and I went out to Death Valley for three days for a training session. The car registered 122 degrees and the Death Valley website said the sand dunes we were running on were 125-128 degrees. The heat was so debilitating I could hardly run. We were going at 15 minute miles and after about 45 minutes I would have to stop and walk. I drank so much water that my stomach was full but I was feeling dehydrated. I did learn that electrolytes are much better to be taken in pill form. In the heat I had trouble balancing water intake with electrolytes. With pills you can get exactly what you need when you need it. Deyl did much better as he had been living in Costa Rica and was more adjusted to the heat. When we got back from Death Valley I did lots of reading about heat acclimation. Luckily for me you can adjust relatively quickly. I have been doing some type of heat training everyday (sauna, bikram yoga and running in ski gear) and for the past week have been following the program on the badwater website. 

The race the planet staff say it can get up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit in the Sahara. This seems surprising to me as the hottest day every recorded in Egypt is 122 degrees, but regardless being more prepared for the heat will help me. Deyl and I leave for our 2nd Death Valley next weekend for another three day trip. I am planning on doing everything as I would in the race. The weather is forecast to be 110 or 111 degrees in stovepipe wells, so it will probably be 113-115 out on the dunes. There is so much I have thought about for this race, it’s hard to try share it all at the start! Over the three days in Death Valley I want to run 10-15 miles the first and at least 20 miles days two and three.  

On today's run I really dialed in my racing nutrition for the first time. I added in some caffeine gels which I thought really helped me. I never have caffeine and eat an insanely healthy diet. I will write another post about nutrition and my diet since this is already getting long. I also got my gaiters figured out and for the first run had zero sand in my shoes. I will explain what I did in the next post as I think it could really help some competitors with size 12+ feet. 

This week I ran 70 miles in mostly soft sand with 20lbs pound pack, except for today when I took a 15lbs pack. Next week I want to do 80 miles in sand. Then I am going to dial it back to 60 miles as I have had three big weeks. Then up to 85-90 depending on how I feel. Then hopefully get two 100 mile weeks before I start a two week taper. This plan could change at a moment’s notice as I don't have a coach and run when I want too. I have been running pretty much every day and have to force myself to take days off. I must say I am having fun!

Comments: Total (20) comments

Craig Tapscott

Posted On: 10 Sep 2012 04:05 AM

Brian, Caffeine is not a good choice to use at all. Will be more draining ongoingly for a seemingly quick fix. It is artificial energy. Find something more lasting and alive. Live juices if you can. Best of luck, Craig

Dale Karen

Posted On: 10 Sep 2012 04:28 AM

I'll be cheering you on throughout your entier race and I hope you post a lot of pictures ya know ;)

Scott Padway

Posted On: 10 Sep 2012 05:50 AM

Townsend I don't know how this can sound like fun but man I am excited for you! I can't wait to follow you on this one. Baco

Pawel Nazarewicz

Posted On: 10 Sep 2012 10:00 AM

What is your resting heart rate? Where does it go on a comfortable run? I don't think I could sustain 140 bpm for a couple of hours. I'm glad you started this blog - it's going to be great to have a record of the whole experience - both leading up to the race and the race itself. Keep it up!

Tim Lew

Posted On: 10 Sep 2012 16:33 PM

You're one crazy guy... Good luck. I'll be following you ;)

Amy Nave

Posted On: 10 Sep 2012 17:07 PM

Yes, you are that crazy running guy ;) LOL... Keep up the hard work! Me, Pinot, and Syrah will be cheering you on all the way from Idaho;) It's gonna feel so great to accomplish something that you never thought you could. Take lots of pics!

Steven Brydon

Posted On: 10 Sep 2012 19:46 PM

G'day Brian, Great blog! I look forward to meeting in Egypt (VERY soon!)..I know what you mean about blooging (I seem to have content everywhere!)...I did set up a site to assist with fundraising, capturing my 'journey' and sharing/having some fun. have a peek at www.odyssey4autism.com.au All that said, I'll be blogging on this RTP site during race and sharing link with friends. cheers and go hard! Steve

Brian Townsend

Posted On: 10 Sep 2012 23:13 PM

DJ, 

Awsome job trolling, keep up the good work!  

Pawel, 

My resting heart rate is 46bpm. I am very comfortable running until about 150-160 range. Above that talking gets a bit more dificult. For my last 1/2 marathon I had a 176 bpm average heart rate. For the 50 mile stage I expect my average heart rate to be 140-150, possibly higher.  

Steven, 

Looking forward to meeting you as well.  

Craig,  

I'd love to drink live juice, have fresh vegetables and nice freshly cooked meats. Sadly I have to carry everything on my back for seven days and those things weight a lot for the amount of calories. Having a bit of caffine is going to be one of the least determential things I will be doing to my body during this race.

Michael Meluskey

Posted On: 11 Sep 2012 16:19 PM

Nice recap. FYI I think you are insane, but respect the drive to do it. Good luck training, keep us posted.

Brian Hastings

Posted On: 13 Sep 2012 18:02 PM

You are an animal! Looking forward to cheering you on!

Jay Rosenkrantz

Posted On: 16 Sep 2012 01:50 AM

Holy. Shit. Good luck! Will be reading/rooting for ya

Kate Warburton

Posted On: 16 Sep 2012 04:02 AM

Wow! Very exciting, completely crazy, and so inspirational !! (I just started my first running clinic 2 weeks ago) This will be an incredible journey! Looking forward to living vicariously through your blog & cheering you on!! ;)

David Patry

Posted On: 16 Sep 2012 20:00 PM

Hey brian, i'm myself a professional poker player and I did run the Montreal marathon of 2011 so I definitly can relate to your story minus the heat hehe :) You seem to put in the work and have the movitation to follow through which will bring you anywhere you want. I wish you good luck in your quest and i'll be looking forward for you in your path. David.

Jesse Martin

Posted On: 17 Sep 2012 01:49 AM

If this race will be "detrimental to your body" as you say, why would you do it?

S L

Posted On: 17 Sep 2012 02:44 AM

I was a cardrunners member. Learned a lot from your videos. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing the knowledge. Before you stopped playing, you were, in my mind, the hardest working poker player. Obviously, this is the attitude you approach everything with. GL to you!

Alex Andersson

Posted On: 17 Sep 2012 16:06 PM

Beware of hyponatremia, a lot of people die from it in regular marathons.

Bowsly Esq

Posted On: 18 Sep 2012 04:22 AM

You are going to rock it...if you want some stars and stripe shorts, I can mail you a pair. It'd be awesome to represent the U S of A while rocking a pair of amazing shorts :)

Brian's Mom

Posted On: 03 Oct 2012 15:29 PM

Reading your blog is awesome; that says it all. I don't see the nutrition blog, so please add. How do the race officials track the times? You say 45 hours. That is just under two days. Explain. I love reading the details, so add more. Clyde and I will be with you everyday in Egypt. Are you bringing a laptop???

نور العمران

Posted On: 16 Oct 2017 16:25 PM

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Posted On: 16 Oct 2017 16:27 PM

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