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Stage 3
02-Sep-2014 01:35:49 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Another 42km down today, 17 stages in, with 124km covered. A somewhat sunstroked Matt filing this blog. Two badly blistered feet making each step memorable. I had feared my feet may take me out of the race today, but I kept foot chaos at bay. I slept badly, as the village near our roving camp had sacrificed three zebu and local custom apparently dictates that villages must sing, dance and merry until the zebu die, which seemed to take until 6am, two hours before race start. I also got badly mauled by mosquitos from a nearby swamp, which munched their way through 98 percent DEET, through the night, so was extra vigilant on my malaria pills this morn. Sleep deprived (although so was everyone else) it took me about 15km to warm up today, but once I got trucking I was ok, despite the heat. My black race outfit (which, in order to avoid sunburn, looks a bit like what Cathy Freeman wore in the 2000 Olympics – google it) probably wasn’t the smartest colour choice and has now turned white with sodium loss. Personal note to self to follow pre-race instructions and get shoes 2 sizes bigger, rather than half a size bigger, as quite surprising how fast feet expand in the heat over long distances (and toenails falling off even faster). Personal hygiene for the whole field, at camp, continues to take a turn for the worst, as we enter the fourth night without showers and eating down our freeze dried rations (my pack down to 4.5kg now). Most of the surfaces have been dust or sand, but tomorrow we apparently head on to firmer ground, which should mean less grit in the shoes. We will clock 4 stages tomorrow totalling another 41km.

5 COMMENTS

Amy Brown

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 05:11:48 PM

Wow Matt you've come a long way since we used to text each other early in the morning about whether or not we felt up to a quick run:-) Impressive endeavor all around.

Jacob Fox

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 04:30:38 PM

To uncle Matt,you are doing very well. I hope to see you again.love from Jacob xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Benjamin Fox

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 04:23:10 PM

To uncle matt, You are doing brilliantly! hope to see you soon so you can tell me about it! Love from Benjaminxxxxxxxxxxx

Jeff McLean

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 01:28:37 PM

I thought of you this morning as I ran around my normal 11 km track in rather pleasant 30 degree temperature. Nearly half way mark ! Go Matt Go!

Valerie Hayden

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 03:54:25 AM

While it all sounds awful in terms of conditions both physical and mental, I know you can get through this! Onward and here's hoping the ground is much firmer and easier on those feet of yours;-)

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