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Stage 4
03-Sep-2014 02:53:47 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Day 4 done… J

Sorry I didn’t update yesterday, was absolute exhausted and grumpy when I got home and went straight to bed. Day 3 was mentally tough, but buddying with Emily really got me through it. We walked through some stunning terrain and mountain ranges, and as tired as we were we did our best to enjoy them.

Today was much better, only issue is my feet….every toe has a blister underneath and all the skin is hanging off. They were very difficult and very painful to walk on today and I need to somehow get 80k out of them tomorrow. I am totally up for the challenge, and will push myself as far as I can….lots of painkillers and positive thoughts.

Madagascar is a lovely country. The people are very friendly, and through every village you get groups of locals cheering you on. Very motivating and lovely to see.

Sleeping has not gone well, basically I have not slept for four days and am running on adrenalin. My salt pills have caffeine in them and I think that is half the problem…lesson learnt not to do that again. I hope to get some good rest tonight in order to have extra energy for tomorrows long march, if not I may have to pop extra caffeine to keep me wake and to keep my legs moving.

Just FYI 80k should take me about 18-20 hours, that is 20 hours of continuous walking after I have already completed 4 marathons! Pray for me and my feet to hold up. If I get through that then I am more or less done.

Love you all XXX

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Donna Tyler

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 09:25:38 PM

Fab Paula. The long one finished just the small now to complete your wonderful experience and adventure. Well done and very proud of you. Soon be holding your medal. Thinking of you. X.

P, C and Z Braithwaite

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 09:48:10 PM

Blisters get better eventually so ignore them! Bon Jovi said he'd sleep when he's dead so ignore that too! Just remember your positive mantra and repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. Awesome job. P,C and Z.

Nicky Riley

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 10:36:36 AM

Wow Paula- well done- you're amazing!! You've achieved so much already. You're so close to the end now. I hope you manage to get some sleep and that your feet are kind to you for the long stretch. Thinking of you!! Lots of love xxx

Ronald Dooremalen

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 10:30:00 AM

Paula, you are AMAZING!! You are doing so well and crazy that you haven't slept for 4 days. Thinking of you today and praying for pain free feet for you!! Ronald XXX

Kathelijne Roberto Helder

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 10:24:05 AM

Dear Aunt/fairy God mother Paula, Thinking about you today and cheering for you :) Did my mom tell you I got my Dutch passport yesterday? You will love my picture! Now that I have my passport, I can go with you on your next girlie vacation :) Love you so much and we are very proud of you!!!

Ria Roberto

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 10:13:10 AM

Thinking about you and proud of your achievements! Keep it up and sending you our fresh toes....it's all in the mind gf!!! It's all in the mind!!! Keep going and next time you know it, we will be in Lady Gaga's concert! whoooo hoooo!!! Can't wait to see you with your medal!!! So proud of you!!! P.S. Kathelijne says she can't wait to be cuddled by you :) she's giggling now and you will love her! Praying for you always! Love you!!!!


Posted: 04-Sep-2014 09:46:13 AM

I wished I could send you my toes for today so you have less pain. I am in awe, you are amazing. Sounds super tough but you're doing great. Thinking about you. Keep walking, P xxx

Versha Shivshanker

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 07:14:13 AM

Well Done!! You are doing so well - I think all the hard work and training are really paying off. Just keep going and doing what you can - you've got this. I am cheering from afar!

Donna & Dad Braithwite

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 03:20:06 AM

Paula - fantastic - so exciting when the results come up - well done on finishing this stage - absolutely brilliant - we are sending you lots of positive energy and also willing your feet on - I read on a blog "pain is temporary but pride lasts forever" as our pride in you will - your grit and determination is really showing through - good luck with the feet - our love, thoughts and prayers are with you - so so proud - lots of love Donna & Dad xxx

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