We're experiencing a sporting news drought, which is a perfect time to point out this story:
Three ultra-endurance athletes have just done something most would consider insane: They ran the equivalent of two marathons a day for 111 days to become the first modern runners to cross the Sahara Desert's grueling 4,000 miles.So they were crapping themselves, battling sand storms, getting sun-burnt and frozen in the same day and probably fist-fighting lions and AIDs; all while running over 46 miles a day?
The trek is one of extremes. The relentless sun can push temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, but at night it sometimes dips below freezing. Strong winds can abruptly send sand swooping in every direction, making it difficult to see and breathe.