I sit here today totally exhausted, but again…feeling great. This stage (26-miles) was extremely hard and hot - but getting to the first two checkpoints was so much fun. We started out heading to checkpoint one by going through some very challenging water crossings. The current was moving rapidly and the water was above my knees most of the time. We waded through canyons, valleys and wide- open areas. The scenery is stunning, the cold water felt good on my legs. After leaving checkpoint one and into checkpoint two we had two more very small water crossings and at this time, I sat down to fix my shoes. Prior to hitting the water I had removed my Orthodics so that all I needed to do was dry my feet, apply some lubricant, fix my one blister, returned the Orthodics to my very wet shoes, put on a new pair of socks and my gaiters...after all that, I was ready to continue.
At this point we headed up the steepest climb of my running career. We were at the very top of a gorgeous canyon (I now know what a mountain goat feels like). From the top we ran down a pristine looking sand dune. The only tracks were of those who had gone before me. I had so much fun! Then the last two checkpoints were, to put it frankly, HELL. I seem to struggle on the last two – same place I had trouble yesterday. I encountered more sand and more heat which made for a very long end to what was already a long, long day.
Happily I finished in just under 9 hours and still able to converse with minimal damage to my feet. I must take this time to brag about Warrie. Yesterday he came in 15th overall and today managed to come in 12th!! Today he ran with no gaiters as well!! I want to be as athletic and driven as he is when I grow up :-)
Tomorrow is another 26-mile day, so it’s off to eat some dinner and then early to bed.
Nutrition For Today+Morning: One cup coffee & one bottle Generation UCAN
During race: 3-bottles UCAN. 4-bottles water, 12-Salt sticks ( I needed about eighteen but ran out. This caused more discomfort on the last 6 miles...big mistake.)
For more exciting video footage, visit Racing The Planet´s video posts from the desert at:
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog!