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Stage 4 (Gobi March)

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So much has happened over the past 18hours it is hard to know where to start. I really hit struggleville last night with the rest of my tent mates as we were camped outside the village and were unable to sleep due to the thousands of flies that were buzzing past us and the goat that made goat noises all night. We were woken up at 2:45am and I sleepily tried to pack my bag but was in a tizz about the throbbing pain that was consuming my knee.…

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Stage 3 (Gobi March)

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It is 3:18pm and I have had a few hours rest after the 32km stage. The field was INCREDIBLY fast today as it was a true runners course. The lead guy Dan completed the day in approx two hours and fifteen minutes- unbelievable. The first section was very rocky terrain and we went through a few river crossings. The water was cold and muddy and it reached high up to my thighs.…

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Stage 2 (Gobi March)

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Hello Outside World.

I am writing this blog from a pretty amazing campsite and I have already had a few hours rest after a tough but shortish day. We only had to cover 29kms today and it was broken up into 15kms, 7kms, 7kms. The toughest stage by far was the first 15kms which were pretty similar to the last checkpoint of day 1. The countdown began at 9am and I headed off with fellow pocket rocket Amanda from Hong Kong.…

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Stage 1 (Gobi March)

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Stage one of the Gobi March is complete and we have now ticked off 32kms of this 250k race. All racing the planet grand slammers are in and we are being a great support to each other. The race didn’t start till 9:30am which gave everyone enough time to get a substantial amount of butterflies in the stomach. My poor tent mates didn’t sleep too well as the weather was pretty chilly and the nightime temperature at camp2 is expected to be even colder.…

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Stage 5 (Atacama Crossing)

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WOW!! The long stage is over and it is less than two hours before we do the final 10kms.

I know I have used the word “epic” several times to describe this race but I think it is quite an appropriate word right now for the 74kms we did yesterday. We set off yesterday at 7:30 and I was feeling rather emotional as I was on the starting line. I hadn’t slept so well and was still struggling to get food down.…

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Stage 4 (Atacama Crossing)

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Ahhh big thank you for all of the great messages from everyone. It puts such a dile to my smile when i read them. Today was a good day. I completed the infamous salt flat stages in decent time- 8 hour 40 (approx) coming in about 51st. A stack of people have been pulled off the course and our lovely tent mate Diego pulled out this morning before we headed off.…

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Stage 3 (Atacama Crossing)

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I am writing this blog exhausted and a little worse for wear. If you look at the times for today I had a pretty good day (equal fourth or fifth female across the line) but I ended the final stage vomiting, dehydrated and a little delirious. I wasn’t able to eat my dinner last night, it is really difficult to get the dehydrated meals down and I am finding that high salt snacks are the easiest things to consume (this means salt and vinegar chips crushed up).…

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Stage 2 (Atacama Crossing)

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Day two was filled with river crossings, massive sand dunes and long crusty flat sections (that  seemed to go on forever).

It was 42.4kms today, just a little over a marathon. I woke with my legs feeling good and with a decent sleep i was looking forward to heading out on the course. I decided the night before to run with Andrea from the United States as she finished in a few minutes before me the previous day.…

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Stage 1 (Atacama Crossing)

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Hola…

Wow, the first day was tougher than I thought. Luckily most of the other competitors thought so as well. The 35kms were broken into four checkpoints and at each checkpoint we were given another 1.5litres of water.

I woke up at 5:15am not able to sleep any longer as I was pretty nervous about the race starting (thinking of you Sandy as you will be the earliest of risers when you do the Sahara).…

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