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Long march DONE!!!!!!
05-Sep-2014 09:54:22 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

So much to say about the day. Started off really badly as I was in so much pain I nearly didn’t make the cut off time for the first check point. If I had been 5 mins later I would have been disqualified. Then all of a sudden things started to happen, a girl gave me an extra pain killer which gave me a boost, another competitor gave me her walking sticks which meant I could lean on something to take the pressure of my feet and then I ended up following a local boy who set the pace to check point two in which I completed in record time and meant I was back in the game!

Then I was flying for the next 40k, I felt strong, fast and healthy….kept an excellent pace and flew through all the check points.

Then it got dark, so I paired up with a buddy as it was safer, however the last 30k was the toughest of my life. I had to push myself in ways I didn’t know was possible. The last 8km to the finish line I was hallucinating I was so tired. The road just went on and on and without the support of Sky (my buddy) I may not have made it. But I did!!!!!

19 hours of non stop walking. My feet are done, I have pus, goo and swelling on every toe. I couldn’t walk at all today and it has taken me most of the day to walk over the computer to type this but I wanted to let you all know that I did it! :)

I have one last 10k to the finish line tomorrow to try and do to collect my medal, I have three hours to do it in…in theory this should be more than enough time but given the state of my feet I may need to start now!

Love you all – thank you for your support and wonderful message. They mean more than you can believe.

I cant believe I am almost an true ultra marathon athlete !!! (though next time Emily and I will go on a spa break instead!!)

11 COMMENTS

Jess` Markham

Posted: 07-Sep-2014 06:51:55 AM

We are so proud of you! You did it! Fadi asked if you found a travelers palm on the way so you could 'rest' and 'drink water from its base' and 'get direction'! haha! We miss you! see you soon! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sherrill laing

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 05:16:45 PM

We're so so happy for you Paula! we knew you would do it - you've achieved something absolutely awesome and amazing! Congratulations!! enjoy the party and the next few days relaxing girl. Lots of love,Sherrill & Stewart xx

Ziggy B

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 10:02:05 AM

Dear Aunty Paula, Toes are over-rated. Think of the money you\'ll save on pedicures when all your toes fall off. And your feet will fit into dainty little-tiny-and-small shoes too. Fabulous work Z xxx

P,C and Z Braithwaite

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 09:47:06 AM

Brilliant work. Well done and a fantastic job for keeping going no matter what. That's what it's all about! 90% mental and 10% mental. So please for you and very very proud. You'll be amazed how 'easy' that 10k will feel tomorrow despite all your pain right now. P, C and Z.

Micky Riley

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 08:26:57 AM

WELL DONE PAULA!! You are amazing! I welled up with tears reading your post. So proud of you!! All that hard work has paid off. Enjoy the last day and the well-earned celebrations. Lots of love xxx

Lydia-Rose Braithwaite

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 06:57:42 AM

Auntie Paula, You are brill.... You are amazing... Well done.. Lydia-Rose

Alan Braithwaite

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 06:56:40 AM

Paula, absolutely fantastic.... 10km in a synch now and you know it... All the pain is temporary, you know the glory will be for ever and what a great story to regale whilst on your spa break.... Blimmin fantastic... x

C J

Posted: 06-Sep-2014 05:19:10 AM

Wow. What a challenge - and you did it! And you still have all your toes although they sound like they need a lot of pedicures to fit back into those 5 inch heals of yours. 10k, pfffft, walk in the park! ;) enjoy the last day and I can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures xxx

Donna Braithwaite

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 11:31:18 PM

Paula you did it - Paula you did - Paula you did it - good luck with the last 10. the giraffe has been watching over you and will help you with it. Hold your medal high - my how you have earned it. We look forward to hearing your stories - so very proud lots of love Donna

Gary Aylett

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 10:44:44 PM

Paula absolutely awesome effort!!! Lots of love the Ayletts xx

Karen Weller

Posted: 05-Sep-2014 10:03:14 PM

Paula we are all so very very proud. You have done so well and deserve that medal but i agree a spa break sounds far more appealing :-) enjoy the well deserved celebrations x

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