It’s been a crazily busy week since getting home from the desert but this morning @jtwaring and I got together to record our 5th episode of Impossible, I’m in. This one looks at the Marathon Des Sables and my adventures around it. You can give it a listen on Spotify or Amazon and a few other platforms. There is a link in my bio. Thanks to our sponsors @drivelodgeroofs and @brownbagprotein. Hope you enjoy it. #brownbagprotein #runnersofinstagram #brownbags #skipton #Motivation #run #WhyWeRun #horrible #failureisnotfinal #MDS #pain #workoutplan #runningtattoos #sickness #done #neveragain #runningcoach #FitnessGoals #HealthyLifestyle #podcast #podcastersofinstagram #podcaster #podcasting #podcastlife #podcastshow #podcasts ...
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Anytime I have done a challenge I always have the post challenge blues. This time is different. My need to look for a new challenge was immediately satisfied as @kerryboaty89 and I start our new business. Born out of the same ethics as @brownbagprotein our cafe @brownbagcafe.skipton will be right in the heart of our home town. If you have a minute please give our new business a follow. Our doors will hopefully be open by the end of month. We can’t wait to welcome you all. #runnersofinstagram #Motivation #run #coffee #coffeelovers #coffeetime #coffeeshop #brownbag #brownbags #brownbagcafe #brownbagprotein #brownbagproteinshake #brownbagproteinflapjack #cakes #cakesofinstagram #skipton #skiptonbusiness #husbandandwifeteam #small #I #smallbusiness #smallbusinessbigdreams #smallbusinessowner #smallbusinessowneruk #sustainable #sustainableliving #sustainabledesign ...
Good luck to you both👍
Great news! I'm sure you will make it a huge sccess. Good luck and enjoy the journey
Best of luck to you both with the new venture mate. We’ll definitely be popping in when we’re over ☕️
Brilliant news- can’t wait to see your new adventure. Best of luck x
Good luck 🍀
Great ... where are you going to be
I’m not sure what I expected of the MDS to be honest. People who had done it before were telling me how much I would love it and how great it is. I’m not sure that’s how I feel.
I feel, let down in a way. The MDS is billed as the “toughest foot race on Earth” and it certainly lived up to that. Many things added or changed this year to ensure its reputation stayed in tact, but one thing that changed was that the race was later in the year, meaning it was hotter. My god, was it hot.
When you look at the website for the MDS the temperature always says something below 30 degrees?! Well, on the lunchtime of the long day, it had reached 50 degrees.
The starting stage was also longer this year, 36km and a punishingly difficult course. The website states a 95% success rate. At lunchtime of day 4 over 300 of the just over 1000 people that started, had dropped out.
The medical tent on a an evening looked like something out of a Vietnam War film, IV drips hooked on to pieces of string, dangling above shaking, vomiting and convulsing bodies. Moans and groans across the camp as people crawled back in. I described the camp to someone as a mix between a refugee camp and a zombie land apocalypse.
Each day the race gave your body something new to conquer, whether it was longer in the soft sand or harder climbs. By Day 4 my body was done. I could see the check point in the desert haze, wobbling away in the distance. Sickness had been bubbling for about a kilometre to a point I had to be sick. The next 48 hours were some of the craziest, lowest points of my life. No one ever wants to DNF but when you’re found on the trail, passed out in your own vomit, a decision is made, DNF. My SOS buzzer was pressed by someone I don’t even know, I can’t even tell you their name, to them, thank you.
I awoke to a French medic throwing warm water at me. My race was done. I was scraped up, helped into a vehicle and folded onto the floor at Check point 2, no room in medical, just my head managed to get in the shade. 6 hours I laid, and baked, no one bothered to check I was breathing, conscious anything at all really. I was broken.
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I read once that "nothing is worse than just not trying". Who wrote that??? Well done, we're all exceptionally proud of you, and to have such an inspiration teaching our kids.
Sam you may not have finished but you started and have achieved so much. The passion in your soul is outstanding and you share that passion and insperation onto everyone you come across. You have such a legacy for your children and generations to come not alot of people can say that. I for one can only ever thank you for all you did for me 7 years ago. I was broken mentally and physically and you got me to a point I never thought I'd reach as you have with so many in the past. I may not be back at home and my life has mo Ed on for the better partly because I've been lucky but also because you taught me self worth. I'm proud to have spent most days with you and proud to tell people your a friend. Head up boaty your a LEDGEND, ❤️🌍🏆🎖️🏅🥇 xxx
You are a legend Boaty some great reflection in your post man. A true inspiration. Glad you're in a better place.
It sounds pretty horrific Sam.
To even think of attempting such a race is so brave, let alone entering and starting, you have my utmost respect, Boast about what you've achieved Amazing achievement 👏 😀
Oh no Sam that is crazy you did well to go as far as you did. Hope you are okay.x
Not the finish you wanted but you started. You started knowing it was going to be hell. You started knowing you would have to dig the deepest you have ever dug. Most sit. Please to remember this 😊
It's the maddest challenge in the world......mate, you are still a legend!!!!
This sounds horrific. Absolutely hats off to you for even going. Glad your ok and back with your family again.👏🏼
Amazing that you went as far as you did,great effort.
You’re amazing whatever! x
Bloody hell Sammy! Sounds like the event management and volunteers of the event have some bigger thinking to do if they enable the well-being of their participants to be neglected like that. It is crazy what the body it capable of and the lengths it can go through. Congratulations on what you achieved, even though the result wasn’t your desired goal.
Amazing effort better to have started Sam… thinking of you
I admire you and anyone who takes on a challenge this tough. It looks like the heat combined with the difficulty made sure this year was harder than usual. It is difficult for race organizers to always get this balance right. Hold your head up Sam - you don't have to justify your decision to do this and you certainly have nothing to prove. See you next week for a debrief. Then on to the next challenge whatever that is you decide to do!
Helen Harrison don’t ever think of doing this!
Wow heavy bro……….🇳🇿
Welcome to the Mds 🤙🏻
For those that have maybe been tracking me. You will have seen me DNF. Not loads of details but a horrible experience. They found me near the side of the trail, passed out, in my own sick. I came round after they threw water at me but was withdrawn with heat stroke at CP2. I’ll update more soon. Trying to get home. #WhyWeRun #workoutplan #pain #Motivation #runnersofinstagram #failureisnotfinal #horrible #runningtattoos #MDS #run #sickness #sicknessgoaway #neveragain #done ...
You trained. You went. You started and did your best. It’s a great achievement.
That's what most nights out end up like when you're a dad that's let out. Welcome!!...in all seriousness buddy. You did well and you should be proud. 💪
Well you can’t deny that wasn’t an adventure in the true sense of the word. 🌍 You still beasted it Sam Boatwright 💪🏻. Incredible achievement 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻.
Well there’s setting your stall out and setting your stall out!!! You are a hero to your little VIPs every day at home, hope you get back to them soon x
Still very proud of your efforts Sam. An amazing achievement. That is a real endurance test. Well done!
Good to hear you are safe but you must be gutted. Hopefully there will be a next time.
Hi mate glad you are well. Well done that’s still a great achievement
1000 times further than any of us. Still an inspiration.
Still an amazing achievement! Get home safely 👍
Sorry to read this Sam, take it easy and recover xxx.
An amazing achievement training to get there, getting there, and doing x keep smashing it (once recovered obviously x) 👍🏻
So pleased to see you are ok x
Well done Sam that is a great effort. Get home and rest.
Oh hell I'd spotted earlier on your tracking. At least you are safe and K and the children will be happy to have you home
Hard lines Sam. Sounds like an absolute ordeal. Glad you're OK though pal - All the best getting home.
#neveragain#done 😅 il remember that next time you tell me you're going to do some mad run! Safe journey mate
You’re amazing as always. The nurse in me is saying hmmmm that’s twice you’ve lost consciousness whilst pushing yourself to the extreme???? Get home safe, rest, recover and PLEASE don’t beat yourself up x
You started Sam, that’s a huge achievement. Gutted for you, but get home safely and recover x
Fantastic effort pal , get home safe and well , that’s the main thing
You are inspirational brother!!! RINGA-RANGA-ROOOOOOO!! 🥳🍻 go well big lad! ❤️❤️
Was tracking you Sam. Safe journey home x
‘Pasty white Yorkshireman attempts massive run in desert’… sorry to hear that mate but amazing effort to even start the event. Focus on recovering and spending time with the family 💪
Great effort Sam. Safe journey home and rest up mate.
Thank goodness they found you! You gave it your all. Hope you're okay
Keep safe .🤗
This is probably going to be my last post for about 10 days. I’ll try add to my stories on my way but once in the desert the phone is gone!
The training is finished, the bags are packed, I’m ready. I’m so glad to have finished using the sauna suit. On Monday night using the sauna suit I shed 8lbs in 40 minutes. #horrible. The @marathondessables has been on the “to do” list for some time now and I’m lucky that I have @drivelodgeroofs and @jtwaring who have sponsored this for me. Without them it would have remained out of reach.
I have no way of contacting home but you can contact me and check my progress.
My bib number is 1003 and my tent is 96. I’ve spoken to my students this week about the reasons why we do things and about our fear of failure. I keep telling them that nothing is worse for me than just not trying.
Well, the time has come. The sand, the heat and the adventure awaits.
To Nellie, Otis and Kerry, I love you.
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Good luck buddy be safe
Good luck lad
Good luck Sam .
Good luck Sam. You can nail this.
Good luck Sam.
Good luck mate and thanks for the last few months👍
Good luck Sam 🍀
Good luck! I hope it goes well x
Good luck Sam..and dare I say enjoy!
Good luck Sam!!!
Good luck Sam
Good luck x
Good luck Sam. We’ll be tracking your progress 💪
Huge good luck wishes Sam Boatwright 💪
Whooooo hooooooo - and oh my goodness. How exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. All credit to you Sam, as always for continuing to push the boundaries and shine as an example to us all (as barking as you are) wishing you all the luck in the world. Head down, pure grit, keep pushing but most of all please stay safe my friend x Looking forward to the stories
Stay safe, good luck, you don’t need it, this is your dream 🤜 x
look after yourself and stay safe. Good luck and safe flight x
Good luck and God bless
Good luck Sam Boatwright - Epic Runner i need one of those suits for a month or so!! 😉
Good luck Sam Boatwright - Epic Runner hope you smash it 💪
Good luck Sam.
Good luck Sam Boatwright I’ll be rooting for you!! 💪🏼👏🏼 xx
Good luck. You’ll be brilliant Sam.
Good luck Sam! That will be an amazing, but painful experience…but well worth it!
Best of luck Sam!! 💪