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Sand Dune Run Techniques

02 November 2019 03:21 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi


Its 177 days  to go to the Namib Race 2020,  I have accepted that days are fast approaching. The good thing is I have rested most of October to allow for some intense training as from Monday 4 November 2019.  I realised I was putting myself under a lot of pressure. Talking of pressure, I’m glad to mention of the overwhelming support and assistance i’m getting from friends both local and abroad - Thank you so much guys ?. Inline with helping each other, I had an epiphany during my last dune run that this race is Not about me. It’s about showing each other that if we work as a team and support one another, we can achieve the craziest of things. We just have to care.


 Due to the previous mentioned point, I decided to share my Dune running experience and tips for the benefit of those that will be joining me in  April 2020 and haven’t had a chance of running in the sand dunes.


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Having run on pavements and dirt roads, I can confidently say running in the the sand dunes isn’t a walk in the park. It’s one area where you shouldn’t think of distance and pace because it will mentally put you off if you approach it with that mentality. I like to look at it from a good core and hip stability workout point of view cause you will instantly feel the positive effects. As you approach the dune, try to establish the side of the prevailing wind because that’s where the stable compact end will be. Depending on the size of dune, I learnt that doing an easy zig-zag as you go up is quicker and less strenuous than the direct ascent. If you don’t have or are not a fan of tracking pole, the best is the use your fingers to propel you forward so make sue you wear gloves. As a side note, try to Use a bit of momentum to initiate the climb, it will make a difference.  Breathing is very key as you take each step up the Dune and if you decide to take a breather during an ascent, avoid standing upright rather maintain the bent position but making sure your legs are straight. This I have come to learn that it stretches your HAMs and quads will be in engaging mode so continuation will be rapid and easy.


1. Dig deep


When running on sand, you want the largest surface area possible in order to avoid slipping backwards. Dig deeper into the sand. Instead of trying to land on your toes or your heel, you should just try to land on the middle of your foot to increase the surface area so you don’t sink in the sand.


2. Slide away


How you run up a dune depends massively on how steep the dune is. I like to stay nice and low over the top of the dune in order to not waste too much energy. Sometimes my hands would go down or I’d be on my knees.

As soon as you get the top there’s the fun bit – you just slide down the other side. I dig my heels into the sand – with my heels dug in it really saves your legs and was as quick if not quicker method because you’re not thinking as much on your descent. 

If you led with your toe you’re likely to trip up and have to lift your toes through fresh sand, which is just going to completely wreck your legs.


Above all- Enjoy it!


I hope this information is  helpful ..leave a comment or tip or question.


November Goals - Following the RTP race plan

                            - Cross training

                            - Dune runs

                            - Hills

                            - Run with 10kgs


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

Bruce Lee

#FinishStrong #Overcome #GoFar_GoFinish #RTP

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Tony Brammer

Posted On: 13 Nov 2019 03:34 pm

Mabasa my friend, I'm really looking forward to seeing you again. You are what the races are all about, come and work, get inspired, face the challenge, get it done. I will even wake up from my nap to cheer you in to CP3 each day. Stay hard.
Progress and update

16 October 2019 02:55 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Wow! We are already under 200 days to go thus 193 days to be exact.. For some reason I'm not moved, I guess it's a sign that I'm on the track?.
Since I posted my last blog the beginning of September, a lot of positive things has happened?.. My race package ? eventually reached me after months and months of waiting, my running speed remarkably improved and my book is slowly taking shape. All these positive turns takes the pressure away and sharpens my focus of the bigger picture.

Back to serious stuff, I took a two weeks break from running in October so as to allow my body to recover a bit cause the past couple months it was always hammer time, running day in an day out. This wasn't an easy decision to make but it had to be done as I focus on the ultimate goal. After this break, I will be moving into my 2nd phase of training which will be mainly focused on strengthening or Strength. This means I will be frequenting the gym and cross fit warehouse causing me to yet again change my Nutrition /diets... I'm loving this??.

This was more of an update - i will share some running tips and workout routines that I picked along the way so look out for more information and blogs??.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

Bruce Lee

#FinishStrong #Overcome #GoFinish #RTP

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The Journey so far

04 September 2019 08:32 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Hey Guys!

Welcome to my blog where I'll be sharing my RTP journey. I hope you will find it interesting and most importantly I trust I will get much feedback from you guys, both positive and negative ?. Mabasa is my name and I’m no professional runner, neither am I an athlete pro but helplessly in love with showing up on the starting line, fit in and definitely finish off what I start and by the way, I answer to name Finish as my middle name. ( pretty cool right!?)

So my first experience with Amazing Race was in 2017 where I drove close to a thousand km to join the home team in setting up the internet connections, and I never imagined that I would fall in love with this race someday. As a natural observer I thought to myself“ This is insane! I had a lot to be amused about pertaining to the fellows who took part in it. I'd say probably i cared less about the food i ate not to mention just how bad i loved my food, life was all rosey and my weight was 110kg. It took RTP for me to change my mindset and how I perceived health matters, running and life itself in general. I remember telling myself that I needed to change. I seldom noticed, through the Torrabay shower window, a 69-year-old Japanese guy crossing the Torra finishing line.
Three months before the race I was battling serious sleep apnea that was quite unpleasant but thank God, my wife who happens to be a well-trained physiotherapist worked effortlessly till it came to an ease.

Fast forward, 2018 and 2019 races were life-changing moments because i I was a volunteer and I appreciated the amount of work that happens behind the scenes to make this race an Amazing one just like it sounds.

My favourite task is sweeping, I think it comes naturally from where I come from and how I've been raised.

I treasure the friendships, relationships and lessons both learned and unlearned.

Let's get into 2020 Race details: #WhereAthleticFrontiersBegin

RTP is such an awesome race, one where hope and the human spirit is shared and displayed respectively. 2020 I will be a competitor I guess to try and answer the question I asked in April of 2017 - “For the why” (its a line meaning- for what reason). It was a great feeling knowing that the race would be in 365 days. It felt like I had a lot of time to prepare but things always happen slower than you want and longer than planned. I kicked into the training right away, by first warning the people around me that they are going to see a lot of changes in me and that they shouldn’t be the way they are seeing the changes)

I have managed to come up with a weekly routine of having uphill sessions in the sand dunes and in the folding mountain ranges. I also have long runs, track and workout sessions.

I must say the way I'm feeling during my run is way way way better than before and I should just improve bit by bit. In August I had 1 Official Marathon, 2 x half marathons( trail) and ran a total of 260km which is 40km shy off my monthly target.


I have grown to understand that visiting the physiotherapy room is a normal occurrence of every athlete. Injuries like ITB, shin splints, knees, back pain have started feeling like home. I'd describe the pain as excruciatingly sweet..?.. .the irony!!! At least none are major…how good is that!


Well, I’m slowly getting the stuff together. Unfortunately, some of the stuff that was shipped from the US never got to me but I’m finding alternatives all the same. There is still a bit of time.

1 x 16km Dunes trail run competition
1 x 21km trail run competition
1 x Hangana Marathon

“ The end of the matter is more important than it’s beginning “ #FinishStrong#Overcome#GoFinish#RTP

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Mabasa Mubatapasango

Posted On: 15 Oct 2019 11:24 pm

Thank you Sam, Can't wait for the 2020 edition too. #GoFinish

Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 04 Sep 2019 06:49 am

HI Mabasa - what a fabulous first blog. Following your running from the moment you got back from the Skeleton Coast back in 2016! We can't wait to see you on the start line!