If there's one thing the desert teaches you it's 'Resilience' and being able to take part and complete this year's Marathon des Sables (aka The World's Toughest Footrace) is testament to the belief I had last May that I'd be out here racing once again.
At the time I didn't know how I was going to do that as not being able to stand let alone walk isn't good news where there's 237km of Saharan Sand and Mountains to negotiate.
I did kinda know I'd be here though one way or another. And it's funny that it hit me at the top of Jebel Ouzel, a 1000m mountain we climb every year, that this was a place I was meant to see once again.
And that's where 'I let in the Sun' and Gary Barlow's angelic voice choked me once again.
You see when you are lying in a bed of your own body fluids unable to move thinking 'Ive been in some scrapes but how the fuck do I get out of this one?' - the 'Resilience' gained from running the Marathon des Sables might just get you through.
Rory Coleman - 989 Marathons - 242 Ultras
14 Marathon des Sables - 9 Guinness World Records - 8,502 Days' Alcohol Free.