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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Life at Camp
16-May-2012 08:10:50 AM [(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time(US & Canada)]

Well, I'm done Stage 4 and ready for the long march tomorrow.  89 kms of rocky trail taking us 5 km away from Petra.  Today involved more loose sand, some long uphill portions and ended with rocky road.  We are camped on top of a canyon and it looks very much like Drumheller for those of you in Alberta.  It is extremely windy which is nice for the cooling effect.

 

So, I thought I would give you an overview of a typical day.  The fires are started around 4:30 and by 5:00 many people are up.  We make our breakfast, and then pack for the day, making sure anything needed for the day is easily accessible in the front pack.  The course briefing for the day is at 6:30 by which time we must be out of our tent, then we start off at 7 am.

 

I am consistently finished by 1:30 pm, and the rest of the afternoon is spent snacking, blogging, dozing and then eating around 5:30 pm.  Camp fasion is very diverse.  We are being hosted by local bedouins who wear a long floor length overcoat over pants with  leather belt wrapped around their chest and waist.  Then we have the Italians after they are in for the day wandering around in speedos and bikinis.  It makes for an interesting contrast.

 

I am now day 5 without a shower and my hair is a mass of salt, sand and dried sweat.  3 more days and I'll get my hot shower and be able to wash my hair.  My legs are covered in heat rash the end of each day but it seems to be gone each morning.  Yesterday one of my tent mates set up a thermometer on his shoe in the sand just outside our tent.  At 4 pm it read 50 celcius, so it is definitely hot!

 

I'm still doing well, feeling reasonably strong and am hoping to manage the long day okay.  I won't be blogging tomorrow, so expect my final update on Friday, which will be my free day.

 

Thanks for all the well wishes everyone.  Love to all!

Mary

23 COMMENTS

kathryn

Posted: 18-May-2012 09:04:43 PM

Congrats on having the the LONG MARCH over and done with Mary! This race and you are amazing.

Holly

Posted: 18-May-2012 03:00:49 PM

Keep it up Mary!!!!

Murray

Posted: 18-May-2012 02:17:17 PM

Mary, awesome job on the long march! I was amazed when I read that everyone who started it finished it. Enjoy the next 5 km and all that comes with reaching your goal - including that shower! Murray and the MCH gang.

Gary

Posted: 18-May-2012 05:10:53 AM

Wow Mary, you are rocking it! Impressive is not strong enough of a word. Keep up the great spirit.

Wendy Johannsen

Posted: 18-May-2012 04:34:45 AM

Keep trekking Mary. You are such an inspiration. Keep on stepping towards that shower!

Darcy

Posted: 18-May-2012 03:43:48 AM

Amazing progress Mary... Thanks for sharing your experience... Go Mary Go...

Kathryn

Posted: 18-May-2012 01:27:00 AM

Amazing work Mary. There are no new superlatives to say to you. Just know we are thinking of you and trusting this adventure is everything you hoped it would be. George Davey would be so proud and honored that your daily toil is helping brain research.

Maya

Posted: 18-May-2012 12:53:28 AM

Mary, keep on kicking ass!!!!! You can do it!!!!!

Erin Logue

Posted: 17-May-2012 11:38:09 PM

Hope that the long march went well. I am absolutely positive you kicked its ass. Only one day left, then showers and fabulous food and amazing stories to tell. I can't wait to hear all about it in person!

Tania Jacobs

Posted: 17-May-2012 10:40:51 PM

I am really enjoying your blog too & can't wait to hear about the end of the journey! Sounds like a big adventure with a sand storm and the ling march - hope you are almost done! Thinking of you - I remember showering after hiking the West Coast Trail, I imagine your shower will be 10x more satisfying than that!

Kirsten George-Phill

Posted: 17-May-2012 09:22:05 PM

It sounds from the updates that it was a grueling day. Please know that we are cheering you on with every step and can't wait to hear when you reach your goal. You are almost there!

Brenda Farr

Posted: 17-May-2012 08:36:04 PM

To amazing Mary. I feel guilty washing my socks after a 5 K walk. Lucky Leprechaun wishes from Killarney. Hugs

Jocelyn

Posted: 17-May-2012 07:01:53 PM

Keep up the great work Mary. I love reading your blogs. May your journey continue to be successful and safe and keep moving towards that shower!

Christine Albers

Posted: 17-May-2012 04:17:03 PM

Hi Mary, I hope your long march goes well. Mom sends another message for you-she says she knows with your great abilities you can do it! We all keep thinking of you.

Colleen Gresiuk

Posted: 17-May-2012 03:27:55 PM

You are such an inspiration Mary! I read your blog everyday. Loved the comment about the Italians :)

Colleen Norris

Posted: 17-May-2012 02:11:07 PM

Mary, It has been amazing following your journey. I am so utterly impressed with your ability to set your mind to something and to do it. It sounds like you are really taking in everything as you run which is incredible in itself. So proud to know you and to tell everyone about what my friend 'Mary' is doing. Have a wonderful finish!!! Colleen

Joan

Posted: 17-May-2012 05:26:16 AM

Thanks for the updates Mary. We post them everyday and they are read with great interest and smiles ...OK a few head shakes too:) You are doing a great job and should be very proud. Enjoy the rest of your event.

Wendy

Posted: 17-May-2012 05:19:30 AM

We are all so proud of you on your amazing journey. Everything is going well on this end Lacrosse is keeping us all busy, boys are still smiling so not to worry. Love reading your blogs and looking at the pictures. Enjoy the last stretch, stay focused and safe!

Murray Hunt

Posted: 17-May-2012 04:57:54 AM

Hi Mary, I've read your blogs with great interest and wish you well on the "long march" tomorrow. You are a great inspiration - keep safe and enjoy the trails! Murray

Shona Nichols

Posted: 17-May-2012 04:26:56 AM

Love it Mary! I feel like I am at camp with you. But wait . . . I'm drinking a cold beer and watching TV so maybe not. :-) Hope the long march goes well. You are awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Ann Sutherland

Posted: 17-May-2012 04:17:43 AM

So would you rather don a bikini or floor length overcoat? Maybe salty hair is the next big thing. Good luck tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you and hope you aren't suffering too much. Remember a shower is coming! Sleep well, eat well and run well. (Did you get Christine's message from on your Day 3 blog?)

Gail Kamitomo

Posted: 17-May-2012 03:55:13 AM

Good luck Mary as you head out in your long trek. I know you can do it.. You are so amazing & such an inspiration to all of us. I've enjoyed reading your blog, & look forward to hearing from you on Friday. Imagine how good that first shower will be!!

Liz Ettinger

Posted: 17-May-2012 03:22:36 AM

Mary, I am so amazed that you are able to do this race. Can't imagine how salty I would be after running in that heat. Love reading your blog and the updates from the race crew. May you run like the wind and keep the blisters at bay. Looking forward to reading your final blog.....enjoy your rest and adventures after you have finished.

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I worked for 15 years in a corporate setting as an HR specialist. About 6 years ago I decided to take the leap and make a major career change and do what I love and became a personal trainer and health & fitness specialist at the U of A Hospital's employee fitness centre. I am fortunate to work at something that I truly love, which is sharing my passion for health & fitness with others. My success is defined by seeing individuals make lifestyle changes that ultimately make them stronger, healthier people.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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I am a Health & Fitness Specialist in an employee
fitness facility at the U of A hospital in
Edmonton. I help health professionals make
healthy lifestyle changes, provide personal
training and teach fitness classes. And it is the
most fun I've ever

Why are you competing?
My reason for running in Jordan is to challenge
myself. I also look at it as an opportunity to
see an amazing part of the world, meet amazing
people from all over the world and take part in an
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