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Emily Stonehouse
Finished the Long March yesterday, actually early this morning

20 August 2021 06:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

 

Finished the Long March yesterday, actually early this morning. That was super tough.

We started with a really high climb to an ancient fortress on the top of a pass, that was around 9000 feet. The altitude is hard, but the terrain was really extreme.

After that there were lots of different terrains, including a couple of tunnels with water that we had to go through, and a couple of villages.

The people here are really friendly and all the kids want to stop and take selfies with us. The landscape here is just amazing.

Only one more day to go, and a short one at that.

I am really so glad I made it through that long march.

Thank you all so much for all your comments and encouragement! It really helped me get though the last few days! I love you all!

Comments: Total (5) comments

Cynthia Lao

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 08:57 pm

Yippee! Congrats on finishing your first RTP race! Excellent job. It was great meeting you and I expect that we’ll cross paths again one day (soon). Email me at above address so I can send you some photos that I took of you :-)

Jessica Weiss

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 01:35 pm

You are such an inspiration! I'm so proud of you.

Karina Powell

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 06:59 am

Last day!!! Whoooo hooo!! 10k to the finish…sending strong finish vibes 💪🏽🥳

Sara Farrow

Posted On: 21 Aug 2021 04:01 am

You are amazing! You can do anything you put your mind to, and you are an inspiration to others. You are on the homestretch now. It is truly uplifting to see your progress. 💪 🥾❤️

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 03:31 pm

I cannot put into words how proud I am of you. Your perseverance, determination, all while lifting those around you up, you absolutely personify valor, kindness and grit. I'm honored to be in your world, to call you friend. I love you so much and if I were there I'd pick you up and squeeze you so hard!!! Enjoy these moments, you have done a truly epic thing. Love to you and David. 🤗🥰🏃‍♀️❤👏💪
Emily Stonehouse
Today was really tough

18 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Today was really tough. Still haven’t adjusted to the altitude. We got up around 9000 feet today. Lots of rocks. Thank you all for all your encouragement! It really is awesome to read all your comments. I’m sorry these are so brief, but I’m really exhausted. Tomorrow is the long march, 48 miles. Not going to be fast, just right foot, left foot all the way.  Love all of you!

Comments: Total (10) comments

Karina Powell

Posted On: 20 Aug 2021 06:57 am

I don’t think anyone will appreciate any cuss words on this (well almost no one) so I will just say you are so ******* awesome!!! 48 miler, done ✅ wow…can’t wait to hear the race report, while you are knocking out a measly 13 miler with us mortals 😂🥰

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 04:53 pm

You're past the worst part of the Long March and you're still in the race!!! We're all checking on you and cheering and you're SO close to a bath and real bed and no more rivers or running. You're. Almost. Done. ❤❤❤❤🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️❤❤❤❤

Ankila Chandran

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 11:07 am

Amazing pictures of the challenging terrain you are conquering Emily! It’s wonderful to see you accomplish your goals each day and to celebrate with you🎉 Looking forward to hearing more❤️🤗

Claire Podulka

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 10:35 am

You're doing amazing! Altitude is no joke, just listen to your body and then, like you said, one step at a time. We love you!

Claire Podulka

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 10:34 am

You're doing amazing! Altitude is no joke, just listen to your body and then, like you said, one step at a time. We love you!

Karina Powell

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 06:20 am

Sending extra thoughts of strength and forward movement for today’s long march. You got this Emily 💪🏽💪🏽🤩

Patrick stonehouse

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 04:32 am

I am very proud of you meeting this harsh physical and mental challenge with strength of will that would compare to the greatest Olympians. Looking forward to listening to your stories from this marvelous experience.

Patrick stonehouse

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 04:32 am

I am very proud of you meeting this harsh physical and mental challenge with strength of will that would compare to the greatest Olympians. Looking forward to listening to your stories from this marvelous experience.

Julie Podulka

Posted On: 19 Aug 2021 12:29 am

I am just gobsmacked by this journey of yours. It’s like watching the Olympics, the Extreme Olympics! Please know that we follow your blogs and David’s regular and comprehensive updates quite fanatically. By the way, I’ve been meaning to tell you, this David fella of yours, I’d say he’s a real keeper! Remember, Team Stonehouse is cheering for you all the way. We are so proud of you. You are all we’ve been talking about this last week. Every ounce of strength, we send to you. Oceans of love, mountains of pride. I love you little sis! Bring it home.

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 06:57 pm

You're nearly there! I know you're tired, but you know that you can push through that. Keep our voices in your head, draw on the strength we're all sending you. And keep that mantra in mind: Right foot, left foot, all the way to the end! 🏃‍♀️❤💪🥰
Emily Stonehouse
Staged 3 & 4

17 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Didn’t get a chance to blog yesterday. It was 29 miles of mud and 8 river crossings. Very exhausting.

Today was better. I think I am getting more used to the altitude, but the hills are brutal. Anyway, finished Stage 3 with only a few blisters from having wet shoes all day yesterday. Had some really beautiful scenery today. Everyone has been super supportive and great. Thinking of everyone back home, and doing one foot in front of the other to the end. Love you guys!

Comments: Total (24) comments

Heather Hooper

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 03:59 pm

You are forever my inspiration. Wow. Just WOW. You got this! Xoxo

Heather Hooper

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 03:59 pm

You are forever my inspiration. Wow. Just WOW. You got this! Xoxo

Karina Powell

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 06:52 am

You got this Emily!! Strong work on Stage 3, good to hear you are adjusting to the altitude. Thank you for sharing your journey superwoman! Will be with you in spirit for this next leg 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽

D F

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 05:13 am

Emily you are amazing and incredible! Don’t lose focus and stick with the game plan that got you this far. You are going to crush the last two stages. Go get it!!!!

Jaci Cho

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:41 am

You’re amazing Emily!!! We’re with you til the end!! You’re such an inspiration! Keep going even during the times when it’s hard! We can’t wait to hear all the amazing stories when you get back! You’re HAWC family is rooting for u! 🥰😘

Karen Herrera

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:30 am

You are a total [email protected]! Such an inspiration!!! I am so proud of you and can’t wait til you get back so we can hear stories! Cheering you on from afar! Love ya, Emily!

Sowmya Srini

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:29 am

Hi Emily!! What an inspiration you are!!! Way to go! Can’t wait to listen to you once you get back. You got this!! Keep going ❤️

Roxanne Henselman

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:27 am

WooHoo! This is amazing progress Emily - your mind can be your greatest tool when it gets tough. We’re rooting for you - Keep it up!

Roxanne Henselman

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:27 am

WooHoo! This is amazing progress Emily - your mind can be your greatest tool when it gets tough. We’re rooting for you - Keep it up!

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:24 am

By the time you read this, you'll have finished stage 4. You'll be tired, contemplating stage 5 and the 48 mile trek. I want you to focus on who you are, jettison the humility or doubt. Think about how many miles you've trained. Think of all you've pushed through, especially in the last 18 months, mental and emotional as well as physical. Think of the love and support you give others. Think of your loved ones, so many people out here cheering for you. Think of the grit, the spine of iron, that runs through you, for generations. You can do this. We all believe in you, let yourself believe in you and shut down any "buts," or "what ifs." You can. You will. We love you. ❤ 🏃‍♀️

Brielle Shipman

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:20 am

Go Emily!! We are with you!! #rightfootleftfoot

Jeena Lee

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:19 am

Emily, you are a BEAST!! I am so proud of how far you have come in this challenge mentally and physically. You are an inspiration and role model to many that you can overcome and conquer if you put your mind and heart to it. Thinking about you and sending positive vibes, strength and energy along your way! You can do it!!!!!! 💪we are all rooting for you!!!

Rezelda McGath

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:19 am

Keep it up Emily! You’re auhmazing and I love following along! Enjoy every minute, even the minutes that suck! ☺️xo

Rezelda McGath

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:19 am

Keep it up Emily! You’re auhmazing and I love following along! Enjoy every minute, even the minutes that suck! ☺️xo

Sam Reynoso

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 11:35 pm

Go Emily! I can only begin to imagine what you're going through, but I am in awe. You are the very definition of grit and endurance,and I aspire to be as cool as you some day. Like Molly says, right foot-left foot, and that's all you need to think about!

Jolie Warford

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 10:57 pm

Emily!!! Keep kicking ass you’re almost there! Sending you so many positive vibes. Remember this is all mental. Just keep putting your mind to it and continue to take one step at a time. We’re all rooting for you back home. Xoxo

Jessica Weiss

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 10:27 pm

So very much in awe of you (even more so that usual). You are amazing! LOVE!

Caolifhionne Mears

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 09:21 pm

You’re amazing!!!

Ali Novak

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 09:04 pm

Stay calm and strong. You’re AMAZING!

Lee Bridges

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 09:01 pm

You're doing brilliantly. We're all behind you!

Claire Podulka

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 07:36 pm

Rest up! You're doing great!!

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 07:23 pm

Wooooo hoooooo!!!! So glad to see your post. We're manifesting energy for you and know you're going to get it done. There may also be several hundred Run the Year people cheering you on 😉. Charmander Bryan says "Yeah!!" Love you, keep that RightFootLeftFoot mentality! 👣

Julie Podulkaqfvgff

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 06:59 pm

Love you so much! Glad today was better and hoping it will give you additional time for rest. Thinking of you and David and your individual but intertwined journeys right now. You are making family history!

Julie Podulkaqfvgff

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 06:59 pm

Love you so much! Glad today was better and hoping it will give you additional time for rest. Thinking of you and David and your individual but intertwined journeys right now. You are making family history!
Emily Stonehouse
First Stage All Done

15 August 2021 08:00 pm (GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius

That was really tough. So glad I did as much hill training as I did. Doing those hills at this altitude was so hard. But I managed to get in before the cut-off.

There were some amazing views here, absolutely gorgeous country. We saw mountains and fields, small villages and herds of cows, turkeys and sheep.

Everyone is super nice. So time to do some recovery and do it again tomorrow.

 

Comments: Total (15) comments

Damien R

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 02:51 pm

Congrats, Emily!!! Keep on truckin' - You are a WARRIOR!!! :D

Karina Powell

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 06:41 am

Whooooo hoooo!! So fun to watch you on YouTube and even though I knew what a bada** you are, I’m still mind blown how awesome this adventure is!!! Have fun and name a hill for me please 💪🏽🎉

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 17 Aug 2021 02:45 am

Go, go, go!!! You can do this, you are strong and determined and this is the experience of a lifetime. 🤗🤗❤❤

Jessica Weiss

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 10:48 pm

Woo Hoo!! You are my hero! Cheering you on from afar.

Julie Podulka

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 05:53 pm

Can’t imagine how grueling this is. Stay strong. We are with you. When I face tough times I do a trust fall into the might of our ancestors. We come from stubbornly persistent stock. Sending love and strength to you on this epic endeavor! b6ctccgb

Julie Podulka

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 05:53 pm

Can’t imagine how grueling this is. Stay strong. We are with you. When I face tough times I do a trust fall into the might of our ancestors. We come from stubbornly persistent stock. Sending love and strength to you on this epic endeavor! b6ctccgb

Ali Novak

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 03:32 am

You’ll accommodate quickly to the altitude and feel SO much stronger in a day or so. Get it!

Sownya Srini

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 12:49 am

Hey Emily, so so happy and proud of you!! Your are so awesome! Rooting for you all the way!! You got this ❤️

Brielle Shipman

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 12:16 am

Hell yeah! Go Emily! We are all so pumped for you, and so proud of you. Sending you all the love and support. Right foot, left foot (Meisenheimer) Love, Brielle and Ollie

Julie Podulka

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 09:38 pm

We are so proud and happy for you! Like Dory says, “Just keep swimming!” Or, in you case, just keep putting one foot in front of the other! Thinking of you and sending love and strength your way!

Sarah Tyrrell

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 08:36 pm

You are amazing! Go Emily!!

Claire Podulka

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 07:27 pm

You're amazing! All your training will definitely pay off. Rest well and enjoy the next stage! Love from Chicago!

Tom H

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 04:21 pm

I admire your adventure and I envy the spectacular views you must be enjoying! Onward! Rest up! 🥾🏔

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 04:18 pm

The first and the next to last stages, always the hardest, and you DID it! Not only making the cut off, but ahead of it. We are so proud. Take advantage of opportunities to squat and stretch during the stages as well. Powering through is a great idea, but taking 5 minutes here and there will save those quads and hips. I looooove youuuuuu!!!!

Neene Burke

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 04:10 pm

Congratulations on stage 1. We’re all cheering for you. Time to relax and recharge! You are amazing!
Emily Stonehouse
Day 1 Camp

14 August 2021 07:00 pm (GMT+03:00) Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd

 Spent all day at camp preparing for the start of the race.
 
Got to meet some fantastic people! My tentmates are both veterans of many different races. One has even done the 7 Summits and the Eco Challenges. Just amazing!
 
The camp site is absolutely stunning. You can see the mountains in the distance over a small lake. There are some local shepherds tending their flocks and cowboys herding cattle. Beautiful place!
 
The weather has been a bit crazy. Going from hot to cold, sudden thunderstorms, and wind. Should be an exciting race. Really nervous about starting tomorrow, but once we get moving all should be well.
 
Thank you all for your comments and support! Love you!

Comments: Total (12) comments

Strong Nella

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 02:42 am

Remember you’re not on a mission, you are the mission. At this point motivation is behind discipline and grit. Enjoy the pain and remember that with every step past what you thought you could do puts you into a smaller group of people who understand what it means to be a bad muthafuc(@!!

Strong Nella

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 02:42 am

Remember you’re not on a mission, you are the mission. At this point motivation is behind discipline and grit. Enjoy the pain and remember that with every step past what you thought you could do puts you into a smaller group of people who understand what it means to be a bad muthafuc(@!!

Terri Malba

Posted On: 16 Aug 2021 12:15 am

Go Emily. So excited for your adventure and self discovery. Enjoy each and every challenge and accomplishment. Thinking of you

Lois Stonehouse

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 04:42 pm

Such terrain !! Camp 1 attained !!! Hope you have time for your legs to rest completely before journeying onward. Think of it: Our little Viking Warrior conquering the Caucasus !!! Even the flowers in the garden are eager to hear the next report !! If you feel a little push of energy every now and then, that is from me. CARRY ON !!!! Love you, Mom

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 03:49 pm

P.S. Goggins and I are always with you. When it gets tough, right foot, left foot. 👣

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 02:48 pm

I am SO inspired by you every day just by who you are. This adventure is amazing and I cannot wait to read every word! Everyone at the gym, Karina, Alisha and the people on Run The Year are cheering you on! We love you and are sending you strength and lots of "no blister" vibes. ❤❤❤❤🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Julie Podulka

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 12:45 pm

I am loving seeing these videos from the field! Makes me feel much more engaged in your remarkable journey. The scenery is incredible, and it looks like you are surrounded by caring staff and volunteers and a bunch of crazy and wonderful fellow participants. Know that we are following every update and rooting for you every step of the way! GO FIREBALL!

David Hirata

Posted On: 14 Aug 2021 06:57 pm

You are just amazing and I love you for your strength and courage. Happy Adventuring!

pat stonehouse

Posted On: 14 Aug 2021 06:57 pm

Be aware of the terrain and cloud formations as far as you can see to anticipate what is to come 🤔. A shift in the wind from south to north can portend colder weather. Highway men and savage beasts could lurk behind every Aspen Tremuloides. Be careful. Love Pat

pat stonehouse

Posted On: 14 Aug 2021 06:57 pm

Be aware of the terrain and cloud formations as far as you can see to anticipate what is to come 🤔. A shift in the wind from south to north can portend colder weather. Highway men and savage beasts could lurk behind every Aspen Tremuloides. Be careful. Love Pat

Claire Podulka

Posted On: 14 Aug 2021 06:55 pm

I am in awe!! We're all behind you! Love you!

Julie Podulka

Posted On: 14 Aug 2021 06:43 pm

Waiting with bated breath for each of your updates! So many people pulling for you, kiddo! You are dad's "little jewel". Shine, baby, shine! love you sweetie! Julie
Emily Stonehouse
Beginnings are such delicate times...

12 August 2021 09:01 am (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan

Flew in to Georgia yesterday, and today we did a little sight seeing and a lot of packing. I have never tried anything like this before and I'm starting to get really nervous. Thankfully, my long suffering husband has made the journey with me to Tbilisi and has been amazingly supportive of this venture. He will get to be at the finish line to see me come in. Yay!

We repackaged all the food for the week and went through my checklist twice to make sure everything was accounted for. Still not sure the optimal way to pack it all. I'm sure we'll be going through that checklist at least 3 more times tomorrow. I see most of the other participants have done several of these multi-stage ultras, ironman competitions and other totally amazing things. I hope I can learn from all of them so I can survive this race. I also hope it will be cooler in the mountains. This 97 degree heat is oppressive. Anyway, tomorrow I get on the bus to Camp 1 and the adventure will begin! I will find out just how much I can push myself, and that will be an incredible experience. 

 

Comments: Total (13) comments

Greg Peterson

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 02:17 am

Go Emily go!! Enjoy every minute, take in the views, and enjoy moments of silence. Take snap shots in your mind and enjoy each and every mile. You are strong! You are amazing. Keep it up! No let up! AROO! Go Emily go!!

Terri Malba

Posted On: 18 Aug 2021 12:17 am

Hey Emily. Molly has been making it easier for us untechnical people to keep up with your daily achievements. We are all so excited and thrilled for you for your adventure and accomplishments each day. Keep up the great work and know we are all rooting for you on this next long phase.

Ankila Chandran

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 03:51 pm

Emily - you are awesome and amazing! So glad you and David are on this incredible adventure together. Thomas, Ishani, Shivani and I are rooting for you and know you will stay cool and resilient as you meet the challenges of the race - it is wonderful reading your blog🥰 Sending love and hugs!!

Molly Meisenheimer

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 03:15 pm

You have prepared meticulously, you have trained diligently, and you have the heart of a lion. I love you, you have GOT this!

Joy Stonehouse

Posted On: 15 Aug 2021 02:44 pm

You are a “rock star”…we are with you in spirit on such an amazing journey! Be well…be safe! Love Glen and Joy

Julie Podulka

Posted On: 13 Aug 2021 07:33 pm

On April 30, 1775, at the age of seventeen, Godfrey Richardson enlisted in the Seventh Company, New Hampshire Continental Line, with a neighbor boy, Nathaniel Draper, "...keeping the fact a secret from his father for fear of being forbidden if known." On the night of June 16, 1775 he and Nathaniel Draper helped build the redoubt on Breeds Hill above Boston, The next day, promising each they would not run away, the pair fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill. They held the hill against two attacks and long enough in a third attack so the the Americans on the adjoining hill, out of ammunition, could retreat before the advancing British and escape. Godfrey Richardson was your 5th Great-grandfather. Being strong, brave and utterly indomitable is in your blood. You stand on the shoulders of the dead, and they lift you high. This is your DNA. They are all right there with you. Sending love and strength your way. Julie

Peter H

Posted On: 13 Aug 2021 03:43 pm

We look forward to hearing about your adventure and are in awe of your strength and courage!

David Hirata

Posted On: 13 Aug 2021 06:17 am

XOXO from your loving and “long suffering husband”

Tom H

Posted On: 13 Aug 2021 02:07 am

Thanks for sharing your journey with us! You’re doing something amazing … so come back in one piece, and you’re a champion! I love the Olympics for the thousands who compete without hope for a medal…but know they’re the best from their country and among the best in the world. That’s you too! Be safe and have fun!

Julie Podulka

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 04:35 pm

You are my Viking Warrior! Dad would be so puffed up with pride right now. Remember that I am thinking of you and sending strength and love your way with my every heartbeat! GO FIREBALL!! b966n7

Patrick Stonehouse

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 04:32 pm

You are very great and can do anything. Be safe.

Patrick Stonehouse

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 04:32 pm

You are very great and can do anything. Be safe.

Samantha Fanshawe

Posted On: 12 Aug 2021 04:05 pm

Very glad you made it safely and that your husband is here with you. Nerves are good thing at this stage - keeps you focussed! And don't worry, it is cooler on the course - we just hope that the rain stays away ....