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Runner of Toughest Foot Race Shares Tips on Your First Marathon

While gyms across the world have shut their doors due to COVID-19, more people are running now than ever before. 

In this article curated by Tropika Club from the Core Collective, we chat with Robbie MacGregor – a personal trainer at Core Collective and runner of Marathon des Sables (deemed the toughest foot race on Earth). He shares both his personal experiences and learnings, which are sure to inspire, motivate and help you reach your goals whether you run as a hobby, to maintain your fitness during the circuit breaker, or are training for your very first marathon!

What is Marathon des Sables? 

Marathon des Sables (or MdS) is a foot race where runners cover 250km in 7 days through the Moroccan Sahara. Throughout the marathon, each participant carries his own backpack containing food, sleeping gear, and other essentials. 

When did you complete Marathon des Sables and how long did you take to train for it?

I ran MdS last April. The 35th edition is actually due to be on at the moment, but has been cancelled like most sporting events in the world.  

I trained really hard for about 10 months, but I was already quite fit beforehand. I had a good base layer of fitness, but had never done any distance running. At the time, the longest I had ever run was 3km and running gave me a sore back. In the run up to the race I was averaging about 100km in training a week, so several training marathons each week and it required a massive change in mindset towards training from strength training and team sports to endurance and aerobic capacity training.

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