Summing up the first race is not easy!
The whole experience – the people, place, culture, pain, what I learn’t… I could go on all day but no-one has the time for that Ha! Ha!…and if you know me you know I could talk with a mouth full of marbles under water.
What comes first after finishing 250k?
Running under the finishing banner – the moment I had been longing for all week! I had envisaged it would be similar to the massive rush of endorphins you experience when you complete a marathon but it was pretty different to that…
The last 10k leading up the the finish was horribly painful and involved just over an hour of slogging through salt flats. I was using 2 walking poles I had salvaged from lost property although I don’t know how much they were helping each time I dug them into the ground they would get stuck in the salt flats and almost rip my arm of out its bloody socket (clearly I didn’t know how to use poles very well)! At one point I had a full on tantrum and threw the poles about 10 metres ahead of me followed by a lot of yelling Ha! Ha!… not sure how I thought this was going to help me.
So I finally made it to the finish line and running under the banner was a feeling of relief and… confusion at the same time. I am not sure why I felt confused but I guess it was sort of like okay.. so what now??
I had just spent a whole week in a completely new routine. Daytimes were spent running, the evenings around a camp fire and all the usual everyday stresses of life were eliminated. So when it came to an end I honestly didn’t really know how to feel and was okay with that.
Well firstly I love running, not only because it keeps me feeling fit and healthy but because it clears my mind and gets the endorphins pumping. My biggest battle is my mind, so I wanted to prove to myself that if I could overcome this almighty physical and mental challenge then I am capable of anything. Having this enormous goal for 2018 has been able to give me direction, keep me focused and crazy busy!
Aside from the training there is a huge amount of work that is put in to organise 4 big overseas trips – raising money for my chosen charity and also seeking out sponsors to help make it all happen… on top of working 30 hour weeks can sometimes be challenging! But that is what makes it all worth it 🙂
I have learn’t just recently that my own mental health is MY responsibility. Talking about things only gets me so far and it is my own actions and decisions that play a massive role. If I make poor choices that directly affect my mental health then it will take its toll.
1 month on from Race 1 and it has been pretty hectic since getting home!
… WAIT A MOMENT – Lets just take a quick moment to mention my 7 toe nails I have now lost Ha! Ha! seeeyaaaaa little fellas!
It definitely took a little adjusting getting back into the swing of working and training again… especially after throwing a quick Bali trip into the mix to head over and support the Bali Hope Ultra Marathon which was the first ever 84km Ultra from one side of the Island (Lovina) to the other (Canggu). There were some amazing runners and this definitely got my motivation back and I began my run training again whilst in Bali. Bali is a tough place to run though as you have to dodge thousands of mopeds, barking dogs that you think might tear your leg off and battle through the polluted air and humidity!… wow I really just sold Bali to everyone on being a super tropical amazing location Ha! Ha!..
Honestly though the struggle has been real – my body hasn’t been loving getting back into the longer distance stuff and I have been finding it pretty tough!.. until my friend Scott who is attempting all 4 Deserts this year aswell reminded me that this RIGHT NOW is going to be the best I feel for the rest of the year HA! Thanks Scotty! This is because there is such a small gap between the Mongolia and Chile Race and Chile and Antarctica Race… EEEK!
So now is the time to cover all bases in regards to my physical fitness and draw from my experience in the Namib Desert to get stronger and fitter for Race 2! My new Strength Coach Rory Tim’s from Science of Fitness in Milton has put together a program that covers all bases for me to do 2-3 times a week – depending on my running loads and schedule. Rory has been so enthusiastic since he first found out what I was undertaking last year and is one of my biggest supporters! He is always listening to me ranting on and any question I have he always goes above and beyond to answer!
I am also Week 2 into working with Brendan Davies an Ultra Runner from Melbourne. I am finally using Garmin Connect, Strava and Training peaks to track my runs and all the stats that come with it. Lets just say it definitely keeps you accountable and makes you pickup the pace a little instead of my usual shuffle.
32 Days of solid training to go before Mongolia!
Massive Thank-you to my New Sponsors
The MAN – Rory Tims (Strength Coach & Sport and Ex. Science Degree)
Some more MASSIVE Thank-you’s!
Elle P – Owner of 12 Rounds Fitness Greenslopes, your constant support blows my mind!
Thank-you for your very generous personal sponsorship which helped me a great deal in Desert number 1 and for organising the charity day at the gym where $550 was raised for The White Cloud Foundation!
I am stoked to of now raised over $11,000 for The White Cloud and am on track to hit my $20,000 goal by the end of the year!
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Kayla and Serg Baradel – Kayla for your amazing work – on my blog/facebook/instagram whilst I was out in the Desert! Yep Kayla was the legend keeping you all informed 🙂 And to you both for your amazing sponsorship – it went a long way and meant a lot!
Thanks for following along everyone reading – I leave to Mongolia in just 32 Days!