Monday, August 10, 2009

Running in the Sahara movie review

I had a great time visiting my dad in Sparks, NV but felt like I hadn't exercised in a month when it came time for my 5 mile run last Tuesday. I knew to drink plenty of water but my good physical condition had prevented me from being affected by the altitude - until I laced up my running shoes.

On the run my muscles worked fine but I felt like I was struggling for breath. I kept running (slowly) and came back breathing hard. My dad confirmed that it indeed was the altitude affecting my performance; his house was 4,600 feet above sea level!

Now that I can say I have run in the high desert, I was in the mood for a movie like this:

Fellow blogger Tim Wilson has posted a review of the movie Running the Sahara at his 26.2 Quest blog.

Netflix describes it as follows – “America's Charlie Engle, Canada's Ray Zahab and Taiwan's Kevin Lin embark on an unprecedented quest to traverse the entire Sahara desert -- on foot. Along the way, the runners encounter the beauties and hardships that accompany modern African life. Narrated by Matt Damon, the heart-pumping documentary tracks the athletes on their unbelievable journey through Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya and Egypt.

Read Wilson’s review HERE.

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