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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

Stage 5
09-Aug-2013 05:24:38 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Long stage started after a very stormy night with almost no sleep. Our tent was not very waterproof,sleeping bags were very humid in morning and tentmate happy sabine had a river under her sleeping spot. Playing paper sxissor rock made us warm up...we were all very close to hypoglycemia in morning, and getting ready in freezing rain was a challenge. Was not in best spirits at start but suddenly my charity china little flower kicked into my head,i realised i had to give it all for them and in memory of kevin. I just took off, numbed my mind off the cold,wind, rain. Good things always happen during those long runs, i was encouraged by all my belgian countrymen on the course and one of them, SAid, even ran in front of me for a long time to shield me from wind and keep me going!! We had the most amazing running on the beach along the Arctic ocean,luckily with wind in the back.  there was only the sound of the stormy waves and the wind pushing in my back,i was really ready to fly.....after a challenging climb on lava rocks, my friend karen from south africa caught up with me. She is such good company and fast runner, we went through the last
30km like sisters side by side and crossed the finishing line together for a second day in a row!  so happy that the end is in sight and thatwe are all safe and warm in  sport center in icelandic town POrlakshofn. Can t wait to hug my family back home!

Stage 4
07-Aug-2013 07:01:41 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Scenic run today,  crawled through lava tube, saw amazing hotsprings from close by. Beautiful mountains and lakes on the way as well. Weather conditions still very tough, slept on cardbox like a homeless last night to get some heat. Was very  grateful to share run with Karen from south africa, an amazing woman that never gives up! Even flies were following us today, we must be very smelly....I am very happy to have met the Belgian team here, they are very organised and smiling all the time,amazing how they cheer for each other !Hugs from freezing iceland, please send us some sunshine !
Stage 2
05-Aug-2013 03:49:29 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Festina lente...go fast slowly ! The Night was luckily less cold than before, I was able to kick in some good hours of sleep, which made a big difference on the course. Most people sleep in sleeping bag and emergency blanket, and with their head in the bag. Course was very scenic, long (45km) and techical, some people needed sticthes. A nice guy had a bad fall right in front of me, forehead was totally open. Luckily a nice Isaraeli medic and runner was close.  Had a lot of company today while running, which makes the km go faster. Wind was biggest enemy, sometimes even walking against the wind is very challenging and takes more energy than running with no wind. I could even lie 45 degrees in the wind and being carried by it ! We went close to a glacier and glacier lake, the wind was so tough that I lost my balance....Today my thoughts  went to Kevin and Jacquie, my dear friends and the charity I run for, Little Flower . They really carried me away at some point of my run, like the wind. I really feel so small and humble in this desolate landscape, in comparaison to my amazing friends and all they accomplish.

All take care, I am off to the luxuary  toilets...which are in a truck RTP carries around because the ground is too stoney and cold to dig holes.....
Stage 1
04-Aug-2013 04:32:04 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Today was a rocky start. My bag broke the day before the race, so I am using I pack that is not properly adapted to my back…. The first night was freezing cold. We slept in between glaciers, so you imagine the temperatures, increased by the wind. Although the temperatures were close to zero, my Gobi tent buddies ,Mo, Tim and Tom, were still playing all their jokes.  The running today was in Mars like scenery, with heavy wind turning all the time. I wish I had eaten more cheese in Switzerland so that the wind does not blow me away. Knee and heel are ok, but I can feel the km in those old injuries. Too cold to stay outside at the campside, we all live in our sleeping bags….but company is great. Met all the other Belgian competitors, amazing people and athletes !Fingers crossed that the wind goes down….
yes, here it comes !!
01-Aug-2013 11:57:52 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Dear Friends, Just a few hours left before the start of the race. I am still too busy getting my 3 kids settled in here in Belgium to think about the race. All my race stuff has been ready for a while like a pregnancy suitcase, but it seems surrealistic that the D-day is there.... I will have to do this with almost 15.000 calories of food (treat is one snicker a day), a rain jacket, thermal t shirt, one fleece, down jacket, 4 pair of socks, 1 pair of long running pants, waterproof beanie, -7 sleeping bag, a 49gr sleeping pad, emergency blanket, headlamp, knife, footcare medication.... In order to save weight, no toothbrush,cups or plates, hairbrush or beauty stuff... This time I will run for a fantastic charity, Little Flowers (http://www.littleflowerprojects.org) which provides hospice care for orphans, foster care and special care for infants in Beijing. I have selected this charity in honor of my friends Jacquie and Kevin Eblen. I met Kevin and Jacquie and their 4 lovely kids in Beijing. Unfortunately my encounter with Kevin was brief, because last summer God took Kevin back for a higher mission. Jacquie is now continuing her terrestrial path with their kids, and this amazing lady incorporates HOPE OF LIFE in every form. Kevin and Jacquie spent a lot of time and energy at Little Flower in Beijing. I will dedicate every step of my run to Little Flowers. If you would like to also contribute, you can do so through the following link: http://littleflowerprojects.blogspot.com/2013/07/racingtheplanet-for-little-flower.html Thank you to all for the thoughts and energy, I will think about you all, Virginie
VIRGINIE GOETHALS
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works at China Greentech Initiative

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mum/lawyer/Student Msc sustainable development
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take my yearly break from my crazy life

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