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First day done!
31-Aug-2014 03:45:06 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Relatively easy and flat course, 36km. first 30k went ok, last 6 were a bit of struggle….my race buddy was Susan and she kept me motivated and hydrated. I think my time was about 7 hours and we were about 150th out of 250 runners so I am pleased with that. It was very hot, though this was not too much difference compared to Dubai so I was ok and there was a nice breeze. Kept my electrolytes up and kept going. Need to recover well as tomorrow is 46km, so another 10k further on a harder course. I will take it slower so I can go for longer.

Sleeping arrangements is a small tent with eight of us in!! very cosy. I have Emily and Susan, a married couple, an English guy, and two American chaps. Nice group, good fun and all positive.

It is exactly as I expected more or less. Trying not to focus on the fact that I don’t have a shower or proper toilet…tonight we are camped next to the ocean so I managed to wash my legs and hands once I had finished and I feel a little cleaner. It is beautiful here.

Please keep your positive words coming, I can’t tell how much they motivate me to take another step. Love to you all.

Roll on day two….

14 COMMENTS

Lindsay Nadeau

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 10:36:48 AM

Well Done Paula Braithwaite!!! Sounds like you are embracing every moment of this amazing journey of yours. Take it easy if you have to and keep your thoughts positive- one step at a time. Sending you loads of energy xxx

Ria Roberto

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 08:15:26 AM

Hello again!!!! Waiting for your update??? I hope everything is going well??? Blog soon please!!! Take care and lots of love from us!!!

Jess Markham

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 06:18:57 AM

Yay! We are so proud of you!! Cant wait for the next update! Keep going! xxxxxxx

Peter Braithwaite

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 10:49:55 PM

Great work! Well done sis / Auntie P. Keep at your steady pace and keep knocking back the electrolytes. Ziggy says to 'embrace the dirt and he wouldn't wash at all if he could get away with it!'. Z, P and C.

Lydia-Rose Braithwaite

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 05:26:00 PM

Hey Auntie Paula, Well done.. you're amazing... Lydia-Rose. x

Nicky Riley

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 11:29:20 AM

Well done Paula! Sounds like you're doing great. Glad to hear you're having fun too and enjoying the scenery. Looking forward to your next update- thinking of you!xxx

Gonzalo rodriguez

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 09:45:07 AM

Vamos Paula Go.... 150th of 250 is great. The LQA agent is waiting for you to come back and postponed his arrival :)

Ria Roberto

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 08:34:18 AM

Very well done gf!!! We are all very happy with how the first day went and seems you are having fun and that\'s what\'s important!!! Kathelijne is cheering for you and sending you her hugs and kisses (just realized I can\'t put an attachment here so you can see her and her big smile! Be safe and keep yourself hydrated, already thinking that this won\'t be your last marathon :) We love you and God bless you!!!!

Ria Roberto

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 08:33:37 AM

Very well done gf!!! We are all very happy with how the first day went and seems you are having fun and that's what's important!!! Kathelijne is cheering for you and sending you her hugs and kisses (just realized I can't put an attachment here so you can see her and her big smile! Be safe and keep yourself hydrated, already thinking that this won't be your last marathon :) We love you and God bless you!!!!

Karen Weller

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 06:46:29 AM

Very well done Paula . We are all watching your progress avidly. Roll on day two.... You can do this Best wishes Karen and Sam x

Ronald Dooremalen

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 05:29:42 AM

Go Paula!! You are amazing, Ronald

Ronald Dooremalen

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 05:29:36 AM

Go Paula!! You are amazing, Ronald

Corinna Joyce

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 05:29:18 AM

Oh I was waiting for your update! Sounds all cool and you're doing great. Thinking of you every day. Don't worry about the washing stuff, it's good for your hair :)) Remember to have lots of fun. Big hugs and positive thoughts xxx CJ

Donna & Dad Braithwaite

Posted: 01-Sep-2014 04:53:51 AM

Go it Paula - sounds like stunning scenery - well done - keep it going our love will help carry you along -very proud of you - Donna and Dad xx

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