Hey folks. I am officially on the blog grid for the Gobi March.
To start, I am on a quest this year to become the first female in the world to complete the Grand Slam Plus. In the entire time the 4 Deserts race series has been taking place, only 3 men have accomplished this epic feat. I am running in honor of raising funds and awareness for Lyme Disease through the LymeLight Foundation. Learn more here! The first race was in Sri Lanka where I placed 2nd female. The second race was in Namibia and I was the female champion! I am hoping to accomplish a repeat here in Gobi =)
Before getting to the starting line, there is what I refer to as the "other Ultra Marathon". Many stages and legs of travel and preparation to move your body across the globe with all of your gear to make the adventure even begin.
For this stage of the series, I am traveling for a total of 63 hours. This began yesterday with a 4.5 hour drive from Jackson Hole to Park City, UT. I ran many errands there and finished up many work tasks and had a wonderful dinner at my favorite restaurant in Park City called Handle with my friend Sierra Quitiquit.
The journey resumed this morning with a 3am wake up call to catch a 6am flight to Dallas. From there I am now on a plane to Beijing. The travel will continue with a last flight to Urumqui and then a 3.5 hour high speed train back to Hami where the host hotel is. It is tiring to type.
As you travel, you just hope that your luggage is traveling safely on each belly of each plane and that there will not be any flight cancellations, delays or weather issues. It is stressful to say the least. Especially with this round and all of my food being in luggage. In this case with customs, all of my food is still in packaging and traveling along underneath.
In Namibia, many racers lost their luggage and so this is a stressful memory on my conscious. You just have to have a positive outlook and relax and let the universe do it's thing.
As much as I can, I try to immediately transition to the time zone I will race in. In this case it is 13 hours ahead of pacific time. That is just wild! So you try the best that you can. I end up working a lot, napping, snacking and watching a lot of movies. This round, I will also enjoy reading my coach Eric Orton's (From Born To Run) book that he wrote called The Cool Impossible. Check it out. Especially if you are just getting into running.
Time to get back to work. I cannot wait to share this journey with you all for race #3 of 5 this year. To visit my blog posts from the past two races and also from Chile last year, click here!