Category Archives: MdS 2013

Miserable

A few hours ago several buses left Ouarzazote, Morocco to take competitors into the Sahara for the 29th Marathon des Sables (MdS), and sadly, I was not among them.  As I type this, I am home in my own bed … Continue reading

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Traveling Light

It’s hard to believe that this little 22 liter pack holds all of my food and gear for a week of running in the Sahara at the Marathon des Sables (MdS).    At the moment it weighs in at a … Continue reading

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Ketogenic Conundrum

In the summer of 2013, my neurologist placed me on a grain free, high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet and it has worked wonders to control my MS symptoms.  I personally decided to take this a step further and have … Continue reading

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Dropping Weight for the Marathon des Sables

As I limped out of the Sahara last year, filthy and exhausted with several missing toenails and barely any skin left on my feet, I was making mental notes of what I would do differently the second time around. Even … Continue reading

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MARATHON DES SABLES RACE DIARY

APRIL 5, 2013 THE BIVOUAC: At 8 am this morning we board buses to bring us on the long trip south from Ouarzazote to the race site.  The hours pass quickly as I chat with the few Americans sitting around … Continue reading

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April 14 Out of Africa!

Finally out of Africa, I am laying in a hotel room in Paris nursing my sore body and swollen, blistered feet.  I promise a full race recap and lots of pics but am just too mentally and physically exhausted at … Continue reading

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April 10: Stage 4 – Guest Posting by Rich

Hello Danielle’s readers. Rich again. If you had been walking by the Furey home last night just before 10pm, from the cheering and yelling inside you’d have thought we were having a party.  That’s because Danielle crossed the finish line … Continue reading

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April 8: Stage 2 – Guest Posting by Rich

Hello again Danielle’s readers.  Today was Stage 2 of the MdS. Fans of the 1983 movie War Games will remember the line where General Beringer turns to Dabney Coleman’s character and says: “Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I’ve … Continue reading

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April 7: Stage 1 – Guest Posting by Rich

Hello to Danielle’s readers.  I’m happy to report that Danielle successfully completed Stage 1 of the MdS today; unfortunately, due to technical difficulties she was not able to email me a summary of her day.  So, at the risk of sounding … Continue reading

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April 5 Boarding Bus to Sahara

I just took my last shower for 9 days (yikes!) and am about to join the rest of our North American group for a 6 hour bus ride into the Sahara.  It is still freezing here and so far I … Continue reading

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April 2-4 Miami to Ouarzazate

I’m finally in Ouarzazote!  The journey here was an exhausting odyssey, although I did get some sleep on the plane from Atlanta to Paris thanks to an Ambien which I took right after takeoff and knocked me out until the … Continue reading

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Nine months ago I began a journey.  A journey of self-discovery as I learned to live with multiple sclerosis while training for the greatest physical challenge of my life. Tomorrow I begin another journey.  A literal journey that will take … Continue reading

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Sahara Stuff

It is hard to believe that in only 11 days I will be on a plane to Morocco and a few days after that, running the Marathon des Sables.  At this point I am totally ready to go and confident … Continue reading

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Everglades Escapades

My day started at 2:45 am on Feb 16 as I stumbled blindly around in the dark trying not to wake up my family while I slipped on running clothes and filled my backpack with enough calories and water to … Continue reading

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The Cure for Boredom: B Races, Burmese Pythons and Beer

I am aware of the fact that I have sorely neglected my blog for a few weeks now, so this is for all of my friends who have asked me, “ what happened to your blog.” I could blame my … Continue reading

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