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HOW DO YOU TRAIN FOR THE MARATHON DES SABLES

Testimonials from competitors of the 35th edition

We asked you, 70 days before the 35th MARATHON DES SABLES, how you train. So let's take a quick look at the answers, some very serious, others perhaps a little less… with for all the difficulties of adapting to the constraints of MDS (sand, heat, weight of the bag) and the need to juggle with family and professional obligations. Congratulations to all of you for your efforts, as well as to your families!

Christophe SC

Monday 12km on carpet

Tuesday 1 hour rower

Wednesday 15km hilly

Thursday rest

Friday 15km hilly

Saturday 4 hours of Nordic walking with the bag + 2km of swimming

Sunday trail outing between 15 and 25km

Alain FACQ

1 to 2 outings of approximately 1 hr / 1 hr 15 alternating on / running with or without bag in variable gait

+ cardio work in cycling 1 x / week so as not to traumatize the legs

+ Nordic walking from time to time

+ muscle building at home

Long (but reasonable) outings to come with sand on Dunkirk

Florence DELACROIX

4 training sessions per week

But also work of the back, abs, arms, sheathing because we will have to support this backpack, our house for 7 days!

Sylvain BRUNETTON

Tuesday: short interval

Wednesday: endurance

Thursday: threshold

Friday: endurance

Saturday: endurance

Sunday: long backpack outing minimum 7kg

Farid BENLAFDIL

Monday: reinforcement

Tuesday: 15km fundamental endurance

Wednesday: Spining

Thursday: 15km fundamental endurance

Friday: reinforcement

Saturday: 20km sand bag 5kg

Sunday: 25km forest bag 5kg

Max CHEN

20km every day since May 2019

Julien TAURGON FRANCESCHI

1h15 jogging at 75% of the VMA

A short split exit

A 15-20km outing

An outing with the 30km bag

Carole DAVID MINON

More intense training for the last 3 months: 4 outings per week including a long outing with backpack, sun, but not the heat!

Arthur NEYOL

Training at work by doing 1.1km barracks laps ... It makes laps to do a little distance!

And at home a home trainer in a cellar to stay with my 6 month old daughter!

Axel MOZER

Training on the Saline beach in St-BARTH this morning in the rain 15 km of sand. Difficult to make long outings on this small pebble!

Vanessa MARCHAND

I run with my diabetes and tibial periostitis…

Lydie CHANDELIER

Marseille after work: we're climbing!

Bernard MEIRSMAN

Training on the Opal Coast (Wimereux) every Friday.

Victoria JOUËT

Never without my sister!

Clement VIGIER

Digestive walk between two rocks (Oman).

Sandrine NAIL BILLAUD

Miami Marathon in 2 weeks to get used to the sun!

Romain MCFLY

Bois de Boulogne. Quiet.

Nico FLYMETOZEMOON

Backpack loaded with the climate of Normandy, almost the same as Morocco?

Michel THEVENIN

For such an adventure it takes hours of training, tens of kilometers per week.

Hervé SERRETTE

This week, it's recovery. Just 40 km quiet

Antonio DERIU

My training at Villacidro in Sardinia is not really recent, but it will certainly help me to finish the MDS 2020!

Javi TC

Classic outing on Laredo beach, that makes some of them…

Frank HELDENBERGH

You have to juggle family and professional life ... and sleep a little!

Marc DE RIJCK

28 km out yesterday ...

Max training (with a minimum bag of 5 kg), but complicated to be constant with work, kids ...

Genevieve KOHLI

My training is ski mountaineering, I would have to put on my sneakers soon!

Pask HAL

Muscle and cardio strengthening sessions, elliptical trainer and of course Nordic walking.

This weekend I participate in Versailles-Mantes, 54km long outing.

Marcelo CASTRO

50k trail running at Patagonia Argentina… We will be prepared!

Julien CHAPUZY

Training in the Morin valley for Muco des Sables.

Robert MÜLLER

Train hard fight easy

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