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Stage 3 done. 7:15ish. 70th place ish. Good day.
02-Sep-2014 02:14:12 AM [(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time(US & Canada)]

-Another day with the South Africans. We seem to be falling into a solid routine. We hear race briefing, discuss hitting a 7 hr per 25 miles, and then decide the running sections from there. -My fluid plan is working- including evenings I would guess I am doing about 12 liters of fluids and a salt pill every 45mins. -Knees ok, ankle not bad (all things considered), heat oppressive but somehow it’s fun to lose your mind out there and get supper loopy. -toes better than most (drilled a hole in left big nail to drain it, two blisters, one will be rough tomorrow). -random abe muscle cramps from holding center pose with pack and hand cramps at night. -no chafing, huge!

Today’s course… -Started with some more brutal sand. -Took us on to the beach after check point 1, sand was firm so not bad, plan became run 2 mins walk 4. -Came out in these amazing canyons (think they are called tngsy, spelling?) and found ourselves flanked by these walls of blood red sand. Surreal. -Wound are way up a rough upgrade to crest the top and run the canyon wall. Run 2, walk 4. -Steve seems to naturally glide into position 1 and push us on (he also has the gps watch), I “street sweep” and mike and nick (our south African friends) chat it up in the middle. One topic of conversation today: how old school nasa dudes were studs but not over the top about it. -From canyon wall to river beds, through villages, the everywhere sky is ocean blue, look up, remember where I am, enjoy the breeze when it comes (may not return),head down, think about the next step, think about the next rep of 2 mins running, and nothing else. -we had a river crossing 2k from camp and took pack off to soak. Worms be dammed (steve will get us meds when home). -arrive at camp bit late but considering the climb and river joy we are pleased. -real race starts in two days with the 50.

Thorn: heat and lame sauce blisters (again I have it better than most) Rose: the moment in the middle of the day when I ran through the red red canyons and felt no pack, no bit of the previous stages, felt at home on the other side of the world.

All is well here. I am taking care of myself (feel better today than end of stage 1). My love to everyone dancing their own dance wherever that may be.


Malin Lager

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 03:16:32 PM

Half way done and no chaffing - keep up the good work! Glad you found a 'crew' to run with and that you are appreciating the amazing journey you are on... one week till you get to watch bachelor in paradise!

Natalie Schneider

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 12:38:17 PM

Wow! Stage 3 in the books and half way home! You and Steve are incredible! I can't believe I will be picking you all up from the airport a week from now! A little inspiration: I received a thank you note from a Mom who was able to send her child to camp because of the money you and Steve raised. Her note read: "Camp filled my child up with hope and joy! Thank you! Camper Mom, Sue." As you continue to drink up this spectacular adventure each day, know that you provided a spectacular adventure for a child of their own! You guys are simply amazing and missed! Big hug!

Robin Warnick

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 02:58:04 AM

Getting caught up on all of your entries! I've been thinking about you guys and sending energy your way:-). Absolutely love the Thorns/Roses! Leave it to you to always end on the positive too! Keep on trucking along, enjoying the moments you will never be able to re-create! Here is my favorite running words and it always reminds me of you, except you never take your running for granted:). Big hug! I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can't run, What they would give to have this Simple gift I take for granted, And I run harder for them. I know they would do the same for me.

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