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Stage 5
05-Sep-2014 07:54:18 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

Well folks, me again. Where do I start?

Went and read my blog comments and emails just now… you have no idea how much they have helped me today… and brought a few tears! The long stage is done *woop woop*! After shuffling through Stage 4 I decided to walk Stage 5 with my walking companion Alex from Days 2 and 3 rather than try and run… gotta keep the next race in mind right and not push too much! There was also the added bonus that Alex carries a jambox so music on the go… apparently my musical taste is questionable in parts… I still maintain 5star were brilliant when they had their moment :D

So for walking, a 17 hour time for that distance wasn’t too bad, and we were also joined at a latter stage by Leana and Pushbar and we were able to keep each other going through the night. For the most part I found it relatively easy once the feet and blisters had numbed up, but of course over that period of time your feet are taking a constant pounding… Pushbar likened it to tenderising meat… and I have to say I think that’s a perfect analogy! Walking through the night and star gazing was amazing… seeing the sun go down at checkpoint 5 a highlight. The river crossings were not fun… after the days of exfoliation by sand, we had the dusty trails and wading through muddy water. The last water crossing just before checkpoint 5 was vile… slippy slidey mud with water that you couldn’t see anything through, hidden rocks and branches. Due to the state of the blisters, I figured best to go through in flip flops… not happening…. So down to one pair of socks which had to be thrown!

Unfortunately the dodgy tummy I had at the beginning of Days 3 and 4 turned into the so-called traveller’s tummy. Anti-nausea meds taken again… but on the last section of Stage 5 it really hit. So much so that I couldn’t stay in my tent when I got back… wouldn’t have been fair if my tentmates came down with it too. A very, low hard hitting moment as I got my stuff and hobbled over the med tent. However, every cloud and silver lining right… after taking some cipro and spending some time cleaning up, I managed to snag a travel cot so slept in my sleeping bed looking up at the stars… and NO SNORING!!!!!!!! Bliss, absolute bliss. Best night’s sleep I’ve had so far! And Sandy, thank you honey… that bracelet was vital last night!

Today we are chilling out… I’ve had another cipro and have eaten. The blisters are worse. I have no skin between my left big and first toes… and now a huge blood blister in the same place on the right! The feet are trashed and Sam, any help appreciated. One little 10k tomorrow… not sure if I will run or walk… walking seems to blister me more… this has definitely been an experience and I’ve met some lovely lovely people. Looking forward to being home, eating proper cooked food and catching up with everyone!

x Michelle



Posted: 11-Sep-2014 08:12:04 PM

Leana, it was fantastic meeting you and sharing the journey alongside, we will definitely have to meet up again, partying and racing :) Alex, next time I will bring 5star just for you LOL! And thank you... it's more than reciprocated xx

Alex Chapman

Posted: 11-Sep-2014 07:52:05 AM

Michelle, I wouldn't have minded a bit of Five Star for old-times' sake; however you had no 5 star on your MP3 but lots of techno-stuff which not my cup of tea. You did, however have a fantastic spirit, lively and witty conversation and a dazzling smile. You helped me far more than you could know and are a fantastic race-buddy. I would shuffle/hobble alongside you again in a heartbeat. I hope your feet are on the mend and I will be cheering for you in the G2G. xx Alex

Leana Savenkova

Posted: 10-Sep-2014 12:57:58 AM

The three of you were my angels. After getting from 5 to 6 on my own and bumping into the 3 with your positive upbeat attitude was a pure miracle. All of a sudden I wasn't alone with my pain and we just got through..Thank you!!

Maggie Campbell-Freeman

Posted: 07-Sep-2014 07:04:29 AM

Amazing achievement girly! Hope you're feeling proud. Wish I could be there to cheer you over the finish line xx

Jo Kavanagh

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 03:53:11 PM

Hey hun....just realised this was here! 😁 wow wow wow!!! You are most definitely my most craziest friend, but am so proud of you! Well done! You've done such a fab job and all for a great cause! Can't wait to hear all about it...we'll have up get Karen to make a nice big lemon cake and you can tell us all about your adventures! Love ya loads. Xxxx

Sandy Pass

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 08:34:08 AM

Hey lady. U r an inspiration. Bloody amazing. Hope the final push is ok and look after those feet. Massive hugs. Xx

Fran Collier

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 07:00:26 AM

Hello my nutty running friend!!! Omg, it sounds like an endurance of spirit as well as body!! Sounds like you've really enjoyed the experience. We're really proud if you! Love ya's xxxxx

brett lawrence

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 04:48:45 AM

Well done you girlie. Really proud of you. Now you just walk the 10k and get yourself to Kanab. Gary and Brett will look after you, you just get there safe. Well done xx

brett lawrence

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 04:48:40 AM

Well done you girlie. Really proud of you. Now you just walk the 10k and get yourself to Kanab. Gary and Brett will look after you, you just get there safe. Well done xx

gary jackets

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 03:49:50 AM

yeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaa xxxxxxx

Keith Passingham

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 09:20:10 PM

Well, what can I say. You are amazing - to do that mega long stage after 4 other stages is absolutely incredible. Well done you! Just a 10k to go - virtually there :-) Will be thinking of you

Loren Murrell

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 08:38:40 PM

Well done girl! Such an amazing achievement and experience! I hope you got some pictures of the stars, can't wait to hear all about it. Breezy 6 miles tomorrow ;) Take care of yourself, almost there! Xx

Ian McDowell

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 08:24:08 PM

Saying well done doesn't really seem to cover it - what an achievement - and a life memory. Enjoy the (relatively) easy day tomorrow and the well deserved party!!!!!!!!

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