MARATHON DES SABLES PERU, STAGE 5-42k: “SNAKE” BY GEDIMINAS GRINIUS
Marathon des Sables Peru saw its fith stage yesterday, with Rachid el Morabity and Nathalie Mauclair leading the pack as the finish line comes ever closer. After previous notes on prerace report with favorites and race data, the bivouac zero experience, thoughts on the simple life, survival creativity and hunger, today our special correspondent Gediminas Grinius shares into the snake feeling that he feels his boday as morphing into
“SNAKE” by Gediminas Grinius.
I am literally running out of my own skin and parts of my body is falling apart. Lips and toes stoped being one piece and their nudity already is new norm. This is the moment, when being the snake, sounds like amazing option – able regrow it and run painless.
Nothings there is painless at MDS and everyone pays his own price. Blisters, headaches, vomiting and peeing blood are the symptoms which almost everyone suffers. Dehydration, heat stroke and high internal temperature are things what MDS’ers risk here each day and being not snakes they can’t transfer the heat into energy. But medical crew can and each day heals hundreds of runners and prepares them for more suffering next day. Those who survives the stage come back and do it over and over again – ultras like suffering.
However, people in the camp step by step are changing, talks becoming louder, smiles getting bigger and laugh just confirms that just one day stage left to become real desert snake!
Stage Ranking (Provisional)
Men’s Top 5
Women’s Top 5
General Classification (Provisional)
Men’s Top 5
Women’s Top 5
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MARATHON DES SABLES PERU 2017: RACE DIARY BY GEDIMINAS GRINIUS.
- 26Nov Prerace feelings: Programme, favorites and more. “Never”
- 27Nov All set, ready…. “Bivouac Zero”
- 29Nov Stage 1 – 37km: “Lessons learned”
- 30Nov Stage 2 – 42km: “The Simple Life”
- 1Dec Stage 3 – 30km: “Survival Creativity”
- 3Dec Stage 4-68km: “Hunger”
- 4Dec Stage 5 – 42km: “Snake”
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