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20 August 2021 06:00 pm (GMT+04:00) Baku, Tbilisi, Yerevan
Long but good day yesterday to (mostly) wrap up the race!
The 44 mile stage 5 took me about 11:30 to finish – much better than I predicted.
The first part was a climb to Abuli fortress, then across a field of rocks, then back down a steep trail. My feet were beat up, so I fought through the next few miles hoping I would regain some strength. Fortunately I did – I started to feel a lot better and decided to get going after the checkpoint at mile 29. I ran most of the next 15 miles to just beat the end of the sunlight.
It poured rain around mile 38 which made the next bit a mess but fortunately the last 5 miles or so were on a paved road. I have never appreciated a level, paved road more.
The last couple of miles were crazy – I was in the middle of nowhere, on a desolate road with nothing/no one in sight, and a huge thunderstorm in the distance. It was surreal, especially given how delirious/tired I was. Needless to say I was glad to see the finish line. We have a 6 mile run to Vardzia, a gorgeous town in a canyon. Then, a 5-6 hour bus back to Tbilisi before a shower and a last dinner before heading home!
Cant wait to see everyone. Great journey but I am ready to be back. Thanks to everyone for the supportive messages!! That was a huge boost. Hard to describe the emotions but its just great to hear from folks when you are beaten down!
Also, a shout out to Danny who finished 4th!! That is nuts. Really, really impressive. And, it meant he had the tent ready by the time I am came rolling in a few hours later each day!
See you soon mom, Foster, Leete, and Janie! Cheers and so long from Georgia!!