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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 Blogs

I did it!!!
03-Aug-2015 12:15:46 PM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

It's hard to summarise such an amazing experience, I can now say I have completed a self supported ultra marathon and I'm not going to lie it was tough. This week has been epic, I have met the most amazing people and cannot thank RTP enough for such an awesome adventure. 
The last day was amazing, we decided to pick up the pace and we ran the 11km to the finish line, quite tough to jog on really sore feet, noting the change in altitude and the humid climate, we made it in at a great pace.
This week I have ran alongside the most amazing couple, Nicky and Allister have been solid and it was lovely to finish off this race by their side. They got me through the toughest days and we got to share many laughs and stories at the back of the pack. It was a privilege to share the race with them and I wish them all the best back in South Africa.
So now I have completed my adventure I look back at my achievement and yes it was tough, I learnt that I can push myself and just keep going. I have realised how much support I have all over the world and even though it has been a tough year for G and I, life is pretty good at the moment. Most importantly my inspiration, Gareth hopefully one day we will stand at the start line of one of these epic adventures together xxxxx

Stage 6
01-Aug-2015 04:20:33 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Good morning everyone, it is rest day in camp after an epic long day. Wow can’t believe I completed the long stage, 60km and I think I came in 55th at 8.30pm.
I ran all the way and just kept going, everyone was amazed that I could actually run and keep up with the leaders (I was too). As much as they had advertised it to be a downhill day, from Camp to Checkpoint 3 there were quite a few climbs. I woke up feeling great and told my South African friends that I was going to give it a crack. I arrived at Checkpoint 1 in 40th position and just could not believe it. Then the downhill, I just put on my music and started running. The most amazing scenery and as we started to descend you could certainly feel the change in altitude. We ran down through the misty forest, at some point unable to see because of the thick fog. Luckily by the time I got to Checkpoint 6 and it was getting dark I came across Jacky the Canadian power walker and we just kept a steady pace all the way in to camp. I was pretty broken at the end of it, my feet are destroyed, blisters everywhere and just all over muscle ache. Only 10km to go tomorrow and I will be done with this amazing adventure.
G yesterday was for you, I know how much you would love to be here with me. You have been stuck inside studying for over a year and I am so proud of your determination. Yesterday you gave me the motivation just to run and enjoy it for the both of us xxxx
Thank you everyone for the messages of support, it makes such a difference.

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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015

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Clinical Dietitian Manly Hospital

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