|Photo - Steve Deiderich|
Song Choice:- Seems only right to choose my most played track ever, mid-turbulence, mid-flight...
Anyway, the flight is packed with British Marathon des Sables competitors, all of whom have their own unique experience of 'The World's Toughest Footrace'. There's still lots of excited chatter about the race, the injuries and plenty of 'What I'd do Next Times'...
If you could bottle the 'Collective Positive Energy' amongst the passengers, well that would be a priceless commodity. This is interesting phenomenon that I see happen every year you see. It's really quite overwhelming.
The important thing for everyone on board here, is not to lose that energised feeling of well being, and head back into the daily routine of life as a much improved version of their former-selves.
The desert is good for that - it's been a good place again for me this year. A place of solace. Somewhere to bury a head full of demons and an opportunity to press life's reset button once again - Until the next time of course!
With the race being so tough this year, hopefully the lessons learned will prevail longer, both for myself and the people surrounding me. Being bear hugged by MdS Race Director, Patrick Bauer as I walked across the tarmac to the plane, I said to him how tough and how sandy it was this year. Laughing, we both said 'C'est le Marathon des Sables', at exactly the same time together.
That's the magic of the man and of the experience. If you experienced it too, make sure it isn't just a 'fly on your windshield' and use it's energy very wisely and try to live by its values and when in the future you get lost again, come back and rediscover yourself.
It works every time :-)
Rory Coleman - 975 Marathons - 241 Ultras - 13 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records - 8139 Days' Alcohol Free.
Location:Somewhere Over Spain