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Stage 3
02-Sep-2014 01:28:10 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Hard to believe but today was a toughy. Pretty good course…actually, amazing course. Massive canyons, river crossings, locals..it was a great course but I was stuck in a dark place for way too long. My blisters are getting worse and the pain has been a challenge to deal with. The predicament is walking is very painful and makes them worse, running is tolerable but hard to maintain with the heat…cant win haha. Its safe to say ive hsd some spare time to be lost with my thought all day, evrydy…today I was able to label the 3 little voices in my head (ya, im nuts). Let me explain; 1 is the prick that yells at me to stop being a baby, rub some dirt in it and push on. 2 is the baby that gets lazy, tired, complains about the pain and begs to stop throughout the day. Then theres the 3rd, this one is the mor rational whisper…it considers everything but understand the end goal. See, im not totslly insane. Anyways, voice #1 had a bit too much game time today – seriously even thought about dropping out today. this pain sucks. BUT around the 25th km I was sick and tired to the pain and knew there was no damn way I was (or am) dropping out of this race. So at 25km I decided to love my pain…to embrace my pain and use it to get my ass to the finish line ASAP because the more time on my feet, the worse they will get. Running is such a mind game and this race has quickly become me versus voice #1. I remember about 7 years ago when I got my ribs tattooed I was 4 hours in and it was a little painful (ha!) and I remember asking myself “what is pain, really?”…from that point I made a conscious decision to take control over how I would experience physical pain. Today, I reminded myself of that and it worked. Unfortunately we’re about half way through the run hahaha. I also spent some time thinking about some emails you guys hve sent in…thnks again – really keep me hppy. Richard, your quotes are the best. Something to think about during the day haha. Adam im so happy you wrote me hahaha. I think she is one of my tent-mates. Dad & Jill, thank you!!!! I think we might need a family vacation here ;) x Vanessa, steve wont let me touch him. He seems upset about my lack of spooning. Give that old man a giggle and msg him “put your new jeans on and go to the disco”. Do it. Please. I think that’s all ive got for you today…hopefully ill get a good sleep tonight.

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Vanessa Felts

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 03:02:06 AM

Jammers, I have to say this post made me cringe and sparked a hefty amount of jealousy, because what you are doing RIGHT NOW, is what LIFE is about! At least the life we are choosing to live. LIVE. In all caps. You are so strong. You will never ever forget or regret this. This is who you are. Keep fighting the good fight! (p.s. giggles for Stevie are on the way!) xoxoxo!

Peter Hill

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 03:25:43 AM

Fck me sideways, this race sounds absolutely brutual and makes Gobi seem like a stroll in the park! Been reading the blogs, wow, massive respect to you and all the runners out there. Keep on going mate, even if you have to walk the whole bloody thing, just think of that finish line and sinking some cold ones. Stay strong Pete

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