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Stage 3
15-May-2012 08:35:43 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

hi hi, sorry about the blog yesterday wrote but didn not get uploaded.  day 3 complete...yeah!!!  we had a really good day compared to yesterday, we both felt well and strong.  the course was a bit more diverse then the first 2 stages and it was awesome.  more runnable (read shuffle) sections especially te salt flat...between 3 - 4 km on hard flat surface, what a treat. finished in good time. tomorrow a moderate day all the way thru the 4 check points and will take it easy to conserve energy for the long day on thursday...90km.  i am trying not to think too much about it because it freaks me out.  the camp tonight again is beautiful and although quite hot this afternoon it cools off very peasantly around 6 - 7pm. we have wonderful tent mates...very funny and nice, makes for a fun time hanging in the tent for hours. 

when i wrote yesterday i had not read yet ball of the blog responses or emails....so i wanted to thank everyone so much for their well wishes and energy...yesterday we really needed it.  fred recovered and was at full strength today!!!

sorry this one is a short one, need to get ready for bed and get my stuff organized for tomorrow...have a much better system then in atacama....just need to work on the food!!!!

OK all for now, sending love from Jordan. xo



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Posted: 18-May-2012 06:37:30 PM

Just dropping a line to let you know that you are in our thoughts. :) To Lisa: one day to go, and I feel as ready and strong as I possibly can. Thank you for coaching and believing in me. :)

Anna Rusnak

Posted: 18-May-2012 03:50:27 PM

Lisa, Freddy! Its absolutely amazing how well you are doing. Cant wait to hear about the last part of the race. Lots of love from Prague!

Deborah & David

Posted: 18-May-2012 02:15:50 PM

I was totally freaked out about Fred's experience and happy that he has recovered and is moving along to the finish point. I will be be very happy to read the celebratory blog saying that you made it and are moving onto the five star accommodations to mingle and mend. As always you are both an inspiration! I just got back from Jamaica and could not even party in the sun without landing back sick, leave alone running the country! Thinking of you both with love and sending great thoughts yours your way. .

Nikki and Steffani

Posted: 18-May-2012 07:18:24 AM

Hey guys, I'm assuming you are now all tucked in and trying to sleep away the exhaustion and will away the aches and pains. Hopefully the adrenaline isn't keeping you up. "Most look up and admire the stars. A champion climbs a mountain and grabs one!". You are both champions! A virtual hug to both of you from all of those that wish we could be there to see you at the finish line. Luv and hugs


Posted: 18-May-2012 06:51:43 AM

lisa and fredy, by the time you read this i think you will be finished the long march and well on your way to finish the race into petra. you must be exhuasted but i hope exhiliated knowing you are so close to the finish. we will be wish you every last step of the way cheering you on...you have both rocked it out and conquered both physically and mentally this huge challenge...what more can we say other than we are in awe of you both and congratulations. enjoy the last stage...it's yours for the taking now. wow, what an accomplishment that few people can ever say they've tried, yet finished. sooo proud of you both. wish we could take you out for celebratory drinks , dinner and total body massages!!! I would soak and massage your feet myself if i was there. so happy for the both of you and can't wait to hear about all the details. stay strong, finish strong, and lisa, don't get lost at the last minute near the end!!! finish with freddy and i hope they'll be a picture of the two of you crossing the finish line together. love is never leaving anyone behind in the desert!!! HA! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!! val and scott...YAYA


Posted: 18-May-2012 05:10:48 AM

Sarah and I have been following your progress in awe. I hope the last 2 stages go well. Best of luck and stay strong.


Posted: 18-May-2012 04:48:21 AM

Dear Lisa and Fred...the FINISH is near!!! Keep your spirits high, feet light, hearts happy! Love from Lidija, Marlena and Ivars too. xoxxxx


Posted: 18-May-2012 01:29:09 AM

Hi! I'm in complete agreement, you are amazing people. Before I went to bed last night I thought "Lisa and Fred are shuffling through the desert in Jordan right now" then when I woke up in the middle of the night I thought the same thing and then when I was eating breakfast I thought "they are still shuffling through the desert". It is so crazy to think that you guys are doing this (again) and for that many hours! You should both feel extremely proud! I know we are all in awe! What do you think of petra? We love you guys very much! Hope you are both healthy and still smiling :)

Amanda Lewis

Posted: 17-May-2012 10:20:48 PM

Hi! You must be exhausted, relieved and ready for this to be over. We've all been thinking about you non-stop and hope all is well. You are just amazing people! "I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature." John D. Rockefeller Hugs and Kisses - well maybe not because I'm fairly certain that even I couldn't stand the smell :)


Posted: 17-May-2012 06:58:52 PM

Hi Lisa and Fred! Freddie....bummer about your bonk! I told you not to smuggle wine and cigars into the tent!!! haha Lisa, you are right, anything can happen even with the best prep ... but glad to hear Freddie is back from the brink. You will have completed your big day by the time you read this so hope all has gone well. So proud of you guys!!! All our love from our family!


Posted: 17-May-2012 02:07:02 PM

Good to hear that Fred is better and that you both feel back on track again. Love to read your blog and to hear about your days! Stay strong, will be thinking of you guys some extra during your long distance day. Sending tons of energy in your direction :) Stay strong, you can do it!! Ata!


Posted: 17-May-2012 02:01:00 PM

I hope your Stage 4 went well for you and your Stage 5 is going well! We've been thinking about you all week!

Toni Vanhanen

Posted: 17-May-2012 06:06:52 AM

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for your big day ahead. Hope you got a good night's sleep despite the sandstorm. Will be with you every step of the way. Stay strong. We love you, (Toni and the gang of Vanhanens plus Sammy and Zuli)

Amanda Lewis

Posted: 16-May-2012 01:49:49 PM

I'll keep it short today because you have to rest and get ready for tomorrow. Be safe! Here's something to ponder during your 90KM.... Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he has to touch it. Why? Oh and Sarah, moooooo and that wasn't the first words out of my mouth :) Love you!

Nikki and Steffani

Posted: 16-May-2012 01:31:44 PM

Lisa, Fred, Thinking lots about you and really relieved that Fred had a better day yesterday! How is the picture taking coming along? Love to both of you!


Posted: 16-May-2012 01:09:42 PM

Hi, again! Keep thinking about Fred and the scary moment you had...comforting to know that doctors are close by. Hopefully there will be no more need for them. The photographs are breathtaking...I wonder if you become immune to those surroundings after a while. Hope you both had a strong day. Sleep well tonight! Bon appetit with all your yummy freeze dried food! May tomorrow be a great long day! :) xoxx


Posted: 16-May-2012 04:47:17 AM

Hi!!!!! I am so glad to read your post. I was getting worried about you. I am also glad to hear Fred has fully recovered. What a huge relief! I read some other blogs and it seems like stage 2 was tough on a lot of people. That's awesome that you are feeling so well Lisa! Have you done any yoga classes yet? You have a captive audience to practice on :) good luck with stage 4! Give Fred a hug and have him give you one from us!! Thinking of you all the time! Love ya sista! Ps: there are some great pics of you, even you would love them!!


Posted: 16-May-2012 04:20:47 AM

Hi from Riga! Life just feels way too easy here, after reading about your days. Think of how amazing you will feel after your long day. Dream of the potatoe chips, M&M's, cold beer....they'll all be waiting. Sending good energy and thoughts your way! xoxx

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Worked in mobile telecomm industry for over 10 years before deciding it was time to try something entirely different. My love & passion for sports & fitness led me to study to get my personal training certification, followed by a lifestyle weight management certification & most recently YA yoga teacher certification (to be complete in June 2012).

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