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Stage 4
03-Sep-2014 01:22:05 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Km today=40km

Total run=164km

Toe nails=9 [however my tent mate just stood on my foot so we’ll see in the morning!]

Blisters= 4

SHIN SPLINTS!!!!!! Excruciating!

So I’ve done it. I have made it to the long stage. 4 days completed and its safe to say I feel a tad bit broken today. The heat and humidity today was hard going. I welcomed some cloud cover this morning and powered through the first 20km. I was even ahead of Paula for the first 15km!!! The plateau was stunning and the rock everywhere was beautiful. I ran through lots of villages and had fun with some of the kids on the side of the road. Between cp2 and cp3 I hit a bit of a wall. Steep incline+water crossing+heat+no shade= a very unhappy Emily. I had myself a little cry, had a little word with myself and manned up pretty damn fast as I knew the only way it was going to get better was to get to the checkpoint. Luckily Dolfen was there to brighten up my day. We hugged it out, I ate a handful of nuts and a gel and then cracked on with the final 10km which took me up hill past the sacred lake and into the main town itself.

I finished before sunset so was so happy before that. I also placed 185 for today. I know that’s a high number but for me it has just made my day. 235 competitors started, lots have dropped and I’m still standing and still well away from those pink jackets. Just got a mere 76km tomorrow to crack before a jog home to the finish. Wish me luck xxxxx

12 COMMENTS

Donna Tyler

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 09:20:06 PM

Congratulations Emily. Really proud of you. Completed your exciting adventure for stage 5 so just a small one to go - easy !! Look forward to seeing you soon with your medal - You will soon be showing your lovely husband and beautiful daughter. Gave Alan a cuddle today for you. Xxxxx

Karen Weller

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 09:10:08 AM

AMAZING......................................that is all xxxxxxxx

Hannah Hall

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 06:29:29 AM

What a few days! You've got amazing determination Em and it sounds like a stunning route - rooting for you!! Xx

Katie King

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 06:09:22 AM

Emily, we are so proud of you!!! Amazing job! You can do this girl... Keep on pushing... Nothing can stop Emily Braithwaite!!! Massive hug... A little bit of abuse about your toes because it gets you angry and away you go ; ) xxx the kingers xxx

Mary Nielsen

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 03:56:42 AM

I'm thinking of you as you push through the long stage! Way to go! Rest up on your rest day and get ready for the finish. - Mary

Jess Weaire

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 10:13:23 PM

Well done you!! You're doing amazing ... hope the long day is going well and you're nearly finished! Big hugs xxx

P, C and Z. Braithwaite.

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 09:49:30 PM

O.U.T.S.T.A.N.D.I.N.G. Keep up the GREAT work. P, C and Z.

Michelle Whitmarsh

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 01:39:55 PM

Keep Going Emily, you can do it! xxx

George Black

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 11:42:29 AM

You have always been such a special goddaughter but just have the hugest respect for you right now. Puts my kilt walk of 22 miles to shame! Go Emily xx

Sam Weller

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 06:40:52 AM

Well done Emily. So proud and have a smile as big as you can imagine. The big one is here, and I am sure you are going to smash it. Love you billions of zillions. Kiss on the lips Dad

Demise Moyse

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 06:14:50 AM

Lost for words at your determination! It's going to be a long one but you can do it. Keep it up! Other comments from the Moyse Household are 'why?!' & 'are you a mentalist?! Ignore them! ;)) xxx

Donna & John Braithwaite

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 02:20:32 AM

We wish you luck Emily - but are not sure that you actually need it - you are doing so brilliantly with your own grit and determination - very proud of you - keep going, the feeling of satisfaction and achievement for you after this long one will live with you forever you will have earned that. love Donna & Johnxxx

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