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Stage 4
03-Sep-2014 02:48:54 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

Hello folks.

Getting on here a bit earlier today and read my messages. Dave, have a coffee for me. I’d kill for my morning costa latte right now. Strangely I’m not missing my daily sugar intake too much! Rich, I counted the exclamation points! There may be more after you’ve read today’s blog :D

So today – the fourth day of getting up early and putting in the work. Luckily we didn’t start until 8am so I used the extra hour to tape my feet up, with some having re-formed overnight. Can we say painful. However, as Rich says, mind over matter and focus on the positive. So I got out my mp3 player and figured if I go for a run today rather than walk, I can always walk the rest of the way for the long stage. After seeing how everyone is coping and tackling this, although I always expected to do the Long Stage non stop, I am now much more likely to stop and sleep mid way through! But that’s tomorrow.

So today – well it hasn’t been without drama. Since I started the last couple of days at the back, I figured second row at the front today, and no, I doubt anyone was quaking in their trainers LOL. The terrain today was much much better, dusty trail roads with some good downhill bits – yes Brett, I did have that saying in my head from London Enduro 12! So I ran… or rather I shuffled, and got passed by lots. And then I stacked it… a complete faceplant with poles getting entangled and scraping my legs. Luckily went down on a slight slant so only hit one cheekbone and mouth… much appreciation to those who helped me up. Thankfully no grazes on cleaning up a bit when I got back to camp. And then when walking I did the same thing as day 2… full foot straight on a tree stump sticking up… straight into the worst blister area I have L

But I kept on going, shuffling, jogging, walking. And I don’t care if I have to walk the rest now… I came in today at position 70 with a time of 6 hours 21 min. That’s 1 minute quicker than Day 1, longer distance, though much much easier terrain. The top third. I just managed to get into the top third. On the fourth day. Damn happy about that. So yes Rich, I pushed too much again, but so pleased with that, especially given the fall, the extra time at checkpoint 2 as a result cleaning up my bottles (well one, the other is still missing), and I took extra time to take my trainers and socks off for the river crossing, using my sandals instead.

Hope everyone is ok back home… and just a reminder that I’m also looking to raise awareness and funds for the charity Refuge. If anyone wouldn’t mind sharing my justgiving link, that would be amazing… it’s www.justgiving.com/michelle-payne4 :)

Speak to you all soon… one life folks… do what makes you happy J

x Michelle

Maggie Campbell-Freeman

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 11:50:06 AM

Am loving your updates - keep strong Michelle, you are doing an amazing job. Hugs coming your way xx

Lin Taylor

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 10:23:54 AM

Awesome! Keep it up, and no more face planting ;) You are a complete star and an inspiration xx

Alex Thornton

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 06:45:28 PM

I am so in awe of what you've accomplished so far. Best of luck with the long march, I know you're going to tough it out so close to the finish. Worry about you feet when you finish ;-) Really looking forward to seeing you, keep up the blogging, it's great to hear your adventures from so far away. Sending you good vibes, strength, and will power. Alex

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 09:19:36 AM

Mega, mega impressed young lady. Keep up the good work you superstar

Anne Purdham

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 07:30:22 AM

Brilliant! You are going so well - keep it up - and enjoy it :)

Loren Murrell

Posted: 04-Sep-2014 06:33:32 AM


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