Setting up an equipment and food spreadsheet is key to planning your self-supported stage race. We recommend using a spreadsheet in your preparation for Marathon des Sables, 4 Deserts series races or other self-supported run.
Here is a great example of one which you can download, customise and use as you wish:
- This is based on a stereotypical multi-stage race format.
- we’ve included a ‘Calories’ column in the food section so you can measure the cal input/day. Note that some races have a minimum requirement of 2000 calories/day in your food stocks.
- We’ve also included a calories/gram column. This can be useful in checking out which foods actually give you the maximum energy per unit of weight – a key parameter when you’re running a self-supported race!
- We’ve included a column showing how much your bag will get lighter by each day. It’s a nice thing to think about as you set off!