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Latest update from @roddyriddle on preparation for the Marathon Des Sables 2013

Guest Blog: Roddy writes: 
With only 10 months now before my challenge of racing the toughest foot race in the world the Marathon des Sables, I feel that the days and months are flying in a wee bit too fast for my liking.
May was a bit of a mixed bag as far as my training went, during March and April I was running constantly 65 miles most weeks, unfortunately not the same can be said for May.
I was asked by Animas a sister company of Lifescan if I would be a sports ambassador for 50 type 1 diabetics during the weekend 11th, 12th and 13th of May down at Loughborough university.
I really enjoyed helping to give fellow diabetics the confidence to exercise during the various classes over the weekend.
I also got to meet some very influential and some of the most advanced medical people as far as sports and diabetes management go.

Dr Ian Gallen who runs the website Run Sweet and helped steer Sir Steve Redgrave to another Olympic gold medal and manage his diabetes and training leading up to his last Olympics was one of the guest speakers over the weekend, to now have him as a contact for my training and diabetes management is a privilege.
Now I have to admit to losing 5 days training the weekend after Loughborough all fault of my own. Before I got an entry into the MDS I committed myself to going to Turkey for a long weekend for a Stag party. Then I thought before I went that I could use the few days there to get some warm weather training done, so along with my dancing kit I packed my running kit.

Confession time, the dancing kit made it out of the bag but all the running kit got was a holiday. It was a long way to go for a long weekend but it was good catching up with some friends that I used to race the bike with!
Our eldest Alasdair who is 8 and plays for Ross County was playing in his first football tournament through in Buckie on the last Sunday in May, the whole family travelled to watch his team make the final only to lose out on golden goals, better way to lose than penalties I feel. Alasdair trains every Tuesdays and Thursday night over in Dingwall, allowing me to get a good running session over the Knockfarrell.
I am also going to start running with a rucksack to get me used to carrying weight as I have to be self sufficient except for water for the whole period of the MDS.  

Now we are into June and I have a few little challenges for myself, I am doing the highland cross which I won way back in 1997 and the week after I am cycling from London to Paris over 3 days with some celebrity chefs for charity.
I also recently got a Marathon des Sables Just Giving account set up to raise money for 2 very important charities JDRF who are trying to find a cure for diabetes and Diabetes UK who raise awareness for diabetes.  Any donation would be really appreciated.


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