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Stage 4
03-Sep-2014 01:31:51 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

Hello everyone!! First of all a HUGE thank you to everyone who has sent encouraging emails to me… I can’t tell you how encouraging its been! Sorry for the silence over the last two days. It’s been a long couple of days - not getting into camp til after 8pm and the cyber tent is closed. Today I made it in just as the sun was setting. Only 85 of the 250k left to do…. Tomorrow the long 80k day happens. Given the heat, terrain, and state of my feet, I think it could take me up to 30hrs to complete. Basically it’s a long haul through the night. I have been with a Canadian lady called Cynthia for the last two days and we’ll likely stick together tomorrow too…. Please pray for her as well! I’m just going to focus on doing one checkpoint at a time. Everything from my ankles up is doing great! But my feet are literally on fire every step of every day and have been since stage 2. There will be less pressure with time cut-offs for this last big stage, so that’s good. Please keep the prayers coming – I’m feeling the effects for sure – I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!! You should all know you’re in my head at some point each day.... Your encouraging words stick with me through the heat… Asa, Zaida, Robs… and especially all my wonderful family and friends…. Thank you for caring enough to follow me in this race and send emails! I’ve got to get some food now and get my feet elevated, so I’ll sign off for now. Love to all….

6 COMMENTS

Beth Hoffman(Henderson)

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 03:41:24 AM

Wow - you are incredible, Beth! Stay strong and positive - the end is in sight!

Barbara Lewis

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 01:32:33 PM

Hi, I read your blog, seeing that your time was similar to Cynthia's (who is not blogging). I was delighted to see her name in your blog and I'm glad to hear you two are sticking together - I'm sure it helps to have a companion in this. How is she doing? I hope the long slog wasn't too tough on you. Good luck with the final push. Cheers, Barbara

Juli Dimos

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 12:33:14 PM

Huge prayers for your feet and spirit!!! My cross country coach at Taylor always said one step at a time. You got this!!

Michelle Cottingham

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 08:39:55 AM

Well done Beth, keep strong you can do it. You are amazing. What an achievement.

Grant Smith

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 05:25:53 AM

You are doing so well Beth. You are on the home straight now and this is where it is time to conquer those million thoughts that drift through the mind on those many miles ! You are strong, you can do this. God Bless.

Kay Burnett

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 03:35:36 AM

You rock!!! So excited for you and your amazing spirit. We are praying for you from Idaho!! Keep those feet wrapped!!

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