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Lisa Bourgogne
The last 2 stages and final stretch

03 August 2019 05:31 pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

I did it. I actually completed 250kms across Mongolia by foot.

 

Woke up the morning of Stage 5 (Friday) with minimal ability to move or lift the bottom half of my right leg with the pain like a blade having been stabbed upwards along my shin bone and an inflamed left knee (blisters being irrelevant for me at this point)... not the ideal combo for moving forward. But I placed myself with my 2 other fellow criplees at the back of the pack and slowly but surely through rivers, rocky fields, gorgeous meadows (with deer flies having a party biting us away due to our lightning speed), and endless beautiful valleys we encouraged each other to push through grunting and yelping away - the downhills testing our pain threshold to the max ... it must have been quite an amusing site to watch us from a distance - but we jokingly pretended to race one another and finally after a long day on our feet we heard the drums and made it to the cut off with 30mins to spare to the sound of our fellow competitors and volunteers cheering us on from afar at the last river crossing of the day into camp. Such a whirlwind of emotion getting there after enduring 40kms of pain. No one can prepare you for that. But with the banter and company, you can still finish smiling! Needless to say, my priority was not checking the cyber tent that evening but sitting down.

 

Stage 6 today - woke up earlier to a freezing cold morning  to enable us (the slower bunch) to set off before the rest so we would all make it around the same time to the final final finish line - the last real push of determination ... popped some drugs to just get me through the last 10kms and needed help to put my right shoe on. I’ve never been so happy to see the finish line while entering into this gorgeous ancient city, my first tears shed that it was completed and I didn’t let myself give up along the more difficult moments of this journey.

 

I have dedicated so much of my time and focus towards that finish line and it was more than worth it ... it truly is such an inexplicable feeling to accomplish the Gobi March and be surrounded by the support of incredible people who also constantly challenge themselves, new friends and with beer & pizza at the end.

 

Now for a much needed shower, a good banquet dinner this evening to celebrate our success and finally a good night’s sleep and some much needed time to recover my body and poor legs.

Comments: Total (15) comments

Olivia Christiansen

Posted On: 10 Aug 2019 07:58 am

Burge what an incredible woman you are!!! I’m so inspired, you pushed through such immense pain, overcame all the challenges and you made it!!!!! I hope you’ve recovered quickly and are basking in your amazing achievement. Lots of love xxx

Damian Leach

Posted On: 04 Aug 2019 09:45 am

Wow so proud of you Lisa ! Champion you did it - lifetime achievement and what a ride you have had. Finishing it with Friends and in impeccable style ! Well done, put your feet up and look forward to the stories over a nice bottle of wine when you get back 🙏🙏🙏😉👏D p.s. poppy and ivy can’t comprehend your achievement they are very puzzled by the distance ! Must admit when I put it into context it’s like London to Devon - wow 😎😂👍

Katie Simpson

Posted On: 04 Aug 2019 06:35 am

AWESOME!!! Well done Lis, what an incredible experience and achievement. Looking forward to hearing all about it xxxx

Bells Whisker

Posted On: 04 Aug 2019 05:39 am

Wow Burge. You are incredible! Well done is an understatement! Fantastic journey and incredible to achieve such a massive goal. Enjoy the rest and hope the repairs are ok. Amazingly inspirational xxxx

Tom Wigram

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 09:58 pm

Legend, enjoy this incredible achievement. All that hard work, sacrifices over the last year have all been worth it. That beer will taste unreal. Xxx

Anita Wolfgram

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 05:43 pm

AMAZING - you did it! There are no words but just total awesomeness!!! Xxxx

Pieta McCrum

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 02:27 pm

I feel like just saying “congratulations” doesn’t even touch the sides of how proud and in awe of you I am. You have had one hell of a journey that runs far deeper and wider than 250kms. This has expanded your soul, your appreciation for the things that we often take for granted, like air, like water, like the support & love from strangers on the same path as you. You have completed something so huge that you are super human in my eyes. “So proud” doesn’t even cut it. Soak it all up honey, you deserve so much love, respect and rest. You are truly remarkable in every way. Well bloody done xxxxxxxxxxxx

Alexander Mearns

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 01:53 pm

Congratulations Lisa that's an amazing result. 17 hours on day 4. Wow! that must have been gruelling. Elise, Ambra and I are very proud of you. Looking forward to seeing you when you're back.

Claire Langree Saf

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 01:38 pm

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” — Juma Ikangaa Such dedication and determination to run the distance. What strong state of mind! THAT is totally admirable. We are all in awe. Cannot wait to see and hear you! Love and hugs from the Saf Co.

Mags R

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 12:40 pm

Woohoo!!! Celebrate such an incredible feat Lisa! All your training has culminated into success! You are the Ultimate Ultra marathon runner! Revel in your success and what an achievement. So super proud of you. Bloody legend and inspiration. You rock.

Lea Stephen

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 11:22 am

“Congratulations” just doesn’t do your achievement justice Lisa! You really are a champion and an inspiration! This is a wonderful day for you! What an almighty accomplishment!!!!!X

Deborah ROQUES

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 11:14 am

Amazing strength you have ! So proud of you to have lived such experience ! Have a good rest ma pomme. Looking forward to hearing all the stories xxx

Rogé Pathuis

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 10:37 am

Awesome!! 250km of congratulations to you!! Enjoy the after-party with your new friends for life!

Ange Webber

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 09:44 am

Burger!!! We knew you would do it!!! You are AWESOME!!!! Well done you. Man you are an inspiration, totally amazing, and we are sooo proud of you. Enjoy your shower, rest, massage, anything you want. YOU ARE AWESOME!!! Xx

Georgie Hackett

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 09:41 am

You are amazing! Massive congratulations my friend. You are so inspirational and am so incredibly proud of you. Celebrate every minute of finishing xx
Lisa Bourgogne
The last 2 stages and final stretch

03 August 2019 05:28 pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

I did it. I actually completed 250kms across Mongolia by foot.

 

Woke up the morning of Stage 5 (Friday) with minimal ability to move or lift the bottom half of my right leg with the pain like a blade having been stabbed upwards along my shin bone and an inflamed left knee (blisters being irrelevant for me at this point)... not the ideal combo for moving forward. But I placed myself with my 2 other fellow criplees at the back of the pack and slowly but surely through rivers, rocky fields, gorgeous meadows (with deer flies having a party biting us away due to our lightning speed), and endless beautiful valleys we encouraged each other to push through grunting and yelping away - the downhills testing our pain threshold to the max ... it must have been quite an amusing site to watch us from a distance - but we jokingly pretended to race one another and finally after a long day on our feet we heard the drums and made it to the cut off with 30mins to spare to the sound of our fellow competitors and volunteers cheering us on from afar at the last river crossing of the day into camp. Such a whirlwind of emotion getting there after enduring 40kms of pain. No one can prepare you for that. But with the banter and company, you can still finish smiling! Needless to say, my priority was not checking the cyber tent that evening but sitting down.

 

Stage 6 today - woke up earlier to a freezing cold morning  to enable us (the slower bunch) to set off before the rest so we would all make it around the same time to the final final finish line - the last real push of determination ... popped some drugs to just get me through the last 10kms and needed help to put my right shoe on. I’ve never been so happy to see the finish line while entering into this gorgeous ancient city, my first tears shed that it was completed and I didn’t let myself give up along the more difficult moments of this journey.

 

I have dedicated so much of my time and focus towards that finish line and it was more than worth it ... it truly is such an inexplicable feeling to accomplish the Gobi March and be surrounded by the support of incredible people who also constantly challenge themselves, new friends and with beer & pizza at the end.

 

Now for a hot shower, a good banquet dinner this evening to celebrate our success and finally a good night’s sleep and some much needed time to recover my body and poor legs.

Comments: Total (1) comments

Ali Whyte

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 10:41 am

What an accomplishment.... so very happy for you! I know how I felt when I completed my first 1/2 marathon (walking) so I can imagine you are feeling 50million times more ecstatic! A massive hug and huge high five 🙌 💕🎉
Lisa Bourgogne
thank you for the wonderful messages

01 August 2019 09:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar

Hello world – thank you for the wonderful messages to read today – helps so much to keep going forward.

 

The Long March was so so so much harder than any of us, especially first timers imagined, it truly was the never ending road but we knew that each step was one closer, we left at 8am and we didn’t get in until 1.30am with just short rests at CPs about 10kms apart. Doesn’t seem like much but with over 10kgs and the sun out at its hottest with no wind or rain, it took its toll especially when you couldn’t see the end of where you were heading and just following pink flags and then glowsticks (can’t believe I used to love those). But we soldiered on, each having their “moment”. I just wanted to cut my legs off, I’ll admit that it’s the sorest I have ever been in my life – physically broken but luckily not mentally broken as many were (it takes a lot these days), but truly barely able to walk in the last 30kms. When tears were close, I just decided to laugh – it was self-inflicted after all!... In the end, after the never ending roads and sloping hills our split off group of 3 finally saw the end in the far distance…I can’t quite explain how elated and fatigued and overwhelmed you feel – but it was done, approx. 200km cleared. Could not have pulled through without each other’s support and push. Friendships made for life right there.

 

The night’s sleep was restless as each movement brings pain but everyone was in the same boat, but I managed to get some sleep. This morning I noticed the 6 biggest blisters I have ever had in my life, and was first in line at the medic tent for pain killers for my body. We have the day “off” today as cut off time was 7.30am so everyone is limping around under a hot hot hot sun and just doing some major recovery (aka nothing) prepping for tomorrow’s 40+kms big hill. Doesn’t help that going to the toilet at this location is like a technical route in itself as it’s like walking around a field of Bohol hills…. Right now I am sat in the middle of nowhere with endless plains surrounding us, beautiful. Even though yesterday took us to our limits, it’s only made me and all of us stronger. I am glad to have finished it and I am still so grateful to be experiencing this with this amazing group of smelly people haha. Thank you again for all the messages and love and support. Priceless beyond words xxx (ps we have not seen any media footage)

Comments: Total (15) comments

Ange Webber

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 09:28 am

Burger!!! You are awesome!!! Thinking you’ve finished now and have smashed it. Super proud of you!!!! X

Mel Keong

Posted On: 03 Aug 2019 02:12 am

End is near.... almost there Lisa, one step at a time... press on

Rogé Pathuis

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 11:16 am

Wow Lisa; you are a true champion to overcome yourself in these challenging conditions! It is very likely when you'll read this you've completed stage 5. Time is not important; it is all about your goal of completing the full Gobi march. Stay focused on that goal; one more stage left and you'll see the finish-line marching over it. I am proud of you and very much impressed!!!

Barb Brimelow

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 08:03 am

Burgie!!! Massive respect for nailing the longest day... your posts are amazing, after such a huge test of your physical and mental stamina, your light-hearted happy spirit is still shining through. I’m sure I can hear you laughing as you write your quips in there! Nurse those blisters ahead of tomorrow’s hill... you’ve got this mon amie!!! Bisous xxx

Shi Ho

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 02:37 am

(throwing out the glow sticks bought for your return home) As I've always said to you Lis, you are an inspiration being just who you are and breathing. Rest well and keep walking. You're almost home. Cougar and I await. Love always!

Elise DAILLY

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 02:27 am

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!! You are an inspiration to all of us. Legendary you are. Sending you all the positive energy possible ! Keep on laughing :) . The Levitise Team

Lea Stephen

Posted On: 02 Aug 2019 12:21 am

The presence and clarity of mind and exceptional strength of spirit evident in the eloquence and humour of your writing after such a gruelling day leaves me speechless!!!! However it is proof perfect of your strength of mind and character and why those legs and heart of yours keep moving you forward! Rest well very well Lisa, every prayer wheel is spinning for you! Congratulations on all you have achieved! X

Claire and JP Saf

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 11:03 pm

I have been collecting all the photos where I see you and imagining the endless beauty, and pain that comes with 200km BUT your thirst for adventure, your will power are much stronger. You've got this. I bet you when it is over, you'll still have all those peaceful input in mind. Thinking of you for today, wishing you a good rest when that time comes around and above all a good run. Much love from us 4.

Tom Wigram

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 10:43 pm

Take a moment to enjoy this experience you will never feel it again in quite the same way - go you... what an amazing achievement so far!! Would love to catch up when you are next in nz and hear all about it!! Enjoy the rest day xx

Lyndy Zimmer

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 08:40 pm

Phkifre!!! Lisa, as Magsy says, the muffs are watching and rooting for you. I wonder if theres a limit on whatsapp notifications cause you'll have a TON. Congratulations on how far you've come so far my love, tell those blisters to hang in there. This is a life changer for sure, you got this girl. Keep it up or as we used to say on the touch pitch.... suck it up Bourgogne!!!

Benjamin Bringuier

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 08:27 pm

Congratulations Lisa!! So proud of you!! Enjoy the well deserved massages now !!

Hayley Rahman

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 08:18 pm

So so so proud of you Lis. Cannot even imagine the aches and pains you’re experiencing right now. You’ve achieved so much already! Incredible. So much closer to finishing, you can do it!!! Hope the medics are magicians with blisters and pain relief. Sending lots of healing and positive vibes your way xxx

Nicola Narbey

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 07:44 pm

Omg, you bloody crazy legend! All the M's are so proud of you. We are all kind of speechless. Keep going, you've got this. Just keep thinking how proud you will think and feel once it's all over. You have already mentioned you've made life long friends, keep helping each other alone. I take my hat off to you Lisa. Your inner strength is so strong. You have lots of reading on the Muffs news read :0) Much love and light Kia Kaha Snakey Love Narbs xox

Moni Sturz

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 07:30 pm

Lisa, you are amazing!!! The M‘s are so proud of you. We‘ll have a drink 🍷 on you this weekend.

Mags R

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 06:59 pm

Wow!!! Congratulations on finishing the Long March!!!! What a rock star you are!!! The M's are all super proud, impressed, flabbergasted, there aren't really enough words to describe how impressive this ultra marathon feat is...that you have done so far!! You will ace these last 2 days. Enjoy your rest day. Glad to hear you're enjoying the scenery of things epic experience. You're on the hone stretch now!!! You've climbed tonnes of hills and mountains before so you're going to nail tomorrow. One step at a time. Breathe in what must be some of the freshest air on earth. Imagine what it must have been like during Ghengkis Khan's time. Out on horseback, firing up a Mongolian bbq on the back of a shield. Out there! Where you are!! Love you lots. Sending you tiny masseurs to fly with you as you walk to massage away all those sore muscles, sending positive thoughts, well wishes, magic carpets for you to glide on to the finish!! You got this!!!
Lisa Bourgogne
What a day today!! (and happy birthday Claire)

30 July 2019 09:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar

Firstly Happy 5-0 Birthday to Claire Langree Saf!! Love you heaps and enjoy the celebrations xx

 

What a day today!! Climbing the rocks in the valleys was awesome. Loved it and what a beautiful  view when you take the time to look back … that was after a nice evening in the ger aka. Hotel Hilton!! I was intending on walking the whole day but found some hidden energy to run/ walk the first 2 checkpoints with one of my tent mates for about 20km, however the moment we hit the sand dunes we had to walk as that was 3 steps forward, 2 backwards. The weather was quite hot today too and I don’t think I want to see another sand dune for a while but with company you can conquer anything with a good convo and some laughter. Actually I have laughed quite a lot since we started (aside for the times when I was unsure if the wild animals would run for me!) and many are envious of how well our tent gets on… helps dull the growing aches and pains … I can’t wait for a massage!!  

 

Tomorrow is the Long March 76kms…. We are going to attempt to do it in one go and hopefully end by midnight – our tent group will stick together and walk the whole way as some of their feet are full of blisters, touch wood mine are just managing. We are hoping for nice weather and walking under clear skies, apparently that’s amazing out here.

 

This is definitely tough, but it’s such a wonderful experience. Internet is hit and miss with the reception here.  I’m still in awe at the expanse of land, truly stunning. Time to do some medical love on a few niggles! STILL ALIVE and smiling and happy xxx

Comments: Total (17) comments

Vera Lett

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 12:36 pm

M1 M1 M1 sooooo incredible proud of you and seeing the strength of your smile - AMAZING!!!! you are such an inspiration....! You rock! Lots of Love M3 xxx

Miles Miller

Posted On: 01 Aug 2019 12:16 am

Nice work, Lisa! So great to hear you’re doing so well & have a good tent crew to support one another. Look forward to hearing more about your big adventure - stay strong!

Barb Brimelow

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 08:33 pm

Woohoo Burgie!!! So proud of you!! Already sounds as though you’re taking this ginormous task in your stride - literally! Thinking of you putting one foot in front of the other through those dunes... keep watch for Gobi! Love that you have a great tent group to keep you laughing along the way - keep it up mon amie!! Xx

Hayley Rahman

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 06:39 pm

Thinking of you today Lis as we traverse France for the UK (7hrs in the car so far and another 3 or 4 to go) while you do MORE HOURS ON FOOT!!! You’re truly amazing. Hoping everything goes well and you’re still having fun along the way. Much love from all of us xxx

Rogé Pathuis

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 05:10 pm

Excellent that your tent group is working as a team; teamwork makes the dream work! Keep going!!

Mel Keong

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 04:06 pm

Lis- going strong.. yes keep getting the positive energy going! You have already won when you do that! One step at a time, think positive!

Wynona Leach

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 01:47 pm

Checking in on you Lisa and so happy to hear you’re doing really well!!! Keep up the amazing effort, proud of you xxx

Damian Leach

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 12:57 pm

YO YO ! I will never complain about sand in my shoes again :). Sounds amazing, Long march sounds hectic as the number 75km in a day, slow and steady. Hope the provisions are lasting and you are able to trade up for some goodies with the other event walkers. Have you bumped into the 70 year old ? Interested to find out how they do it - puts me to shame. Love reading about progress keep the posts up if you have the energy we’re all cheering for you !!! D

Ange Webber

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 09:29 am

You are amazing! So glad you are still smiling, what an incredible journey you’re on Burger!!! You will nail it tomorrow. Xxx

Tracy Blair

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 09:09 am

Love reading about this. Keep smiling! You got this!

Sophie Sorgo

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 08:32 am

Keep it going, sounds life changing & amazing xx

Claire Langree Saf

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 06:40 am

Thank you for your birthday wishes little Sister! Had a great day and intend to celebrate all year Long including with you! Love that you are enjoying yourself so much. Hope you got that medical visit sorted and thinking of you today as you are on the looooong Run!

Anne Beetham

Posted On: 31 Jul 2019 05:12 am

Keep going and good luck for today! Hugs

Lea Stephen

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 11:36 pm

Fantastic to have such good camaraderie in your tent and a shared strategy for the Long March. It sounds like you could be on another planet! Love and best wishes to you - and your feet- Lisa...it must be incredibly tough out there!

Mags R

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 09:43 pm

Superstar!! So glad you are rocking it with your tent peeps, they sound like lifelong friends! Thinking of you and your legs and especially your feet. Hoping you stay blister free for the whole race. I wanna know what wild animals you saw!!! Did you see any cool geckos and things in the sand dunes? In Namibia my guides had to find their tiny little holes and dig them out... was pretty cool. Anyhow hope those medical staff and masseurs help soothe you in readiness for the Long March. Fly like the wind! Or canter like a wild horse! You got this!

Deborah Roques

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 07:07 pm

Incredible !!!! So happy you’re living such an incredible experience and make the most of it !!! Sending you love and good vibes ! And ...happy birthday again claire ! Love to you both xx

Jou Yu

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 04:31 pm

Keep going M1!! You're such an inspiration!
Lisa Bourgogne
Made it through Stage 1!

28 July 2019 09:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar

Made it through Stage 1!

What a beautiful place. There are so many wonderful people here and I myself think they are crazy with all the amazing things they have achieved as far as endurance. It's really cool to have so many like minded people together in the middle of these ginormous plains.

We had a pretty big hill to conquer and having packed my bag so well I couldn't find my camera which was annoying, but there's many more photo opportunity coming up after all. I have great tent mates and we ran most of the race together which is great motivator. It's actually very breezy and quite cooling which makes it a very nice change to the humid climate in training and temperature drops to about 5C once the sun is gone!

I am keeping this short to say Day 1 was great and need to go and get some stretching and rolling going and some food in me. Seeing these endless rolling hills and valleys is really such a phenomenal site and eagles circling up above.

So far so good.  To Day 2 we go!!

Big Love from Gobi xx

Comments: Total (12) comments

Ben Trotman

Posted On: 30 Jul 2019 06:49 am

Incredible effort Lisa! You should be very proud. Keep up the good work. Wishing you all the best from the UK x

Deborah Roques

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 07:46 pm

Amazing ma 🍎 !!!!! Super 1ère journée. Keep going xxx

Rogé Pathuis

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 12:46 pm

Excellent Lisa! Great that you are supporting and motivating each other; no Miley Cyrus song needed anymore?! Keep it up!

Mags R

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 10:20 am

Congratulations Lisa!! Super proud of you. Keep strong and we are all behind you willing you on!

Ali Whyte

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 10:12 am

Woohoo... we’ll done Lisa! 😁

Georgie Hackett

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 09:57 am

Wohoo stage 1 done. Run well my friend. Awesome x

Tom Wigram

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 06:55 am

First day done and nailed it! Hope you got some sleep good luck for today. Enjoy xx

Angela Webber

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 06:43 am

Well done Burger!!! Xxx

Shino kusunsoe

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 06:24 am

Go Lis go Lis thinking of you xxx

Shi Ho

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 04:14 am

That smile is worth it! Congrats on completing stage 1 and a strong start - we are rooting for you!! xoxo

Mel Keong

Posted On: 29 Jul 2019 03:30 am

Press on babe! I made it to fourth for my race! More than 50% of the female DNF, tough race! You can do it, stay focused!

Lea Stephen

Posted On: 28 Jul 2019 11:07 pm

Sounds amazing Lisa! ..and a top ten finish! So great you have fab tent mates... and your backpack is now getting lighter! All the best for the next stage!💪🏻
Lisa Bourgogne
I found my cheesy "power-on-thru" song!!

11 July 2019 04:00 pm (GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar

 

I won't lie. This past week has been a little weirdly emotional and my mind has been on overdrive. I am getting overwhelmed to the point where I am dreaming about the race. You'd think that registering a year ago and being the overly-organised self that I am,  I wouldn't still have heaps to do 2 weeks before my flight takes off … but I'm still frantically sewing my patches on all my sleeves (welcome to my exciting evenings… and it's damn hard doing long sleeves!). I have finally stopped procrastinating and got my medical & blister kit which I need to further minimise to what I may actually use over 7 days, anything to save space and weight as I'm sure I won't be needing 10m of porous tape! … I have been pondering on whether my half gaiters (for the 10km of sand dunes) will be enough? - but during this morning's run I decided I’ll do a McGuyver and make use of my pocket knife and duct tape to cover the front of my shoes, fingers crossed that won't be a regrettable decision. There are so many small but important details to think of, but I'm aiming to have 98% of my gear all sorted by this Sunday evening as a goal (so my mind can relax a bit)… then the next mission will be fitting it all in my 30L bag. If only I had a Mary Poppins bag. My coach also told me to look over the course and start having a feel for it and what each day will bring, without over-analysing too much (I think he forgot I am a female) and while I was looking at those peaks … I realised I need to sort some music for the moments I will need a little burst of energy and motivation … and I found the perfect cheesy song that just cracks me up - "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus - I swear she's done an RTP/ 4 Deserts race before, no truer words, so will be singing and giggling along to that, thanks Miley haha!…. And finally my training is about to taper off and there's a couple of rest days marked in my calendar …. So here's a big welcome to some foot reflexology! Thanks everyone for the continued messages of  support. Totally feeling the love!!

Comments: Total (2) comments

Damian Leach

Posted On: 21 Jul 2019 12:43 pm

Yo Yo ! Very proud Lisa, gutted work and my operation denied me the opportunity to do this, can’t say I would have been able to have kept up with you anyway lol :) keep the blogs going so your can club can tap into the moments ! You have a great spirit and I am positive that will see you through to the end (+ duck tape). Reminds me of the trek I did in Japan in the snow my boots totally disintegrated, had to hold them together with tape - it worked lol 😂 the companionship you will have along the way will be very spiritual from the wildlife to the hills (+people) - you will do fantastically I am sure. Probably win it knowing you 👍 7 days to go OMG you must be so pumped, excited 😜😇😮

sam ryder

Posted On: 11 Jul 2019 09:11 am

Hey Lisa! With Miley Cyrus AND McGuyver as your inspiration...you're home and dry!! Good luck with the patches...it happens to us all ;) Sam
Lisa Bourgogne
"Why Why & Why are you doing this??"

03 July 2019 01:38 pm (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore

The answer is simple - in 2018, while I was in the middle of training for Borneo's TMBT 30km (my longest run of any kind), I decided that I wanted to visit Mongolia in 2019 and thought it would be 'special' to go and do a short race at the same time. Well … Racing The Planet/ 4Deserts came up on my search, and as soon as I opened up the website, something within me cried out "YOU HAVE TO DO THIS". I got goose bumps looking at the media and held back tears of joy for the runners crossing the finish lines - empathising with their feelings of determination, mental and physical strength to get through each stage. So I registered a few days later in July on complete impulsive excitement, not quite thinking of the enormity of it all - for me it just seemed that my Wanderlust, love for Adventure, always up for a new race challenge and being off the grid was all found in this one package!... Of course once I had signed up, I stumbled a couple of days later on an "easier" non-self-supported 60km race over 3 days … but too late to change my mind. I'd secured my spot and told myself "This will probably be the biggest physical challenge I ever have to do in My Life".... and with that in mind, I haven't looked back and instead have persevered with my training (there are many days where 'motivation' played a very good game of hide & seek with me) but it has helped me be proud of accomplishing a few firsts over this last year … - I ran and podiumed twice my longest race ever - TMBT 30km Borneo Kota Kinabalu (Sep 2018) - I summited Mt. Apo - Philippines highest peak with my Gobi pack weight, which included packing VERY unnecessary dumb bells in very windy conditions (Feb 2019) - I completed my first ultra distance - Vietnam Jungle Marathon 55km (May 2019) - I am writing my first ever blog … the one thing that doesn't tire my quads! (July 2019) And now here I am with 25 days to go and 250km yet to conquer … I am about to embark on 6 consecutive days of +40kms + one final 13km day, with approx. 12kgs (equivalent to ¼ of my own body weight) on my shoulders - thankfully this weight will dwindle as I eat! But I'll be armed with 4 words in my head "I CAN DO THIS" in the hope to be able to complete all stages - unless of course I am either medically unfit too, or miss a cut off time. This will without a doubt become a life-changing experience on many levels - learning about Thy Self and pushing and finding one's own limits. Looking forward to meeting incredible people and their stories, and enjoying the beauty of a country that has remained relatively untouched - not so much being shower-less for 7 days haha ... here's hoping for a little drizzle from heaven! I am proud to be one of the 33 women of 100 competitors. It is quite daunting knowing there are so many seasoned runners (including the Guiness Book of records fastest woman to run a marathon on each continent and the North Pole - I definitely will not be chasing her (or anyone for that matter)), but each had to have their first RTP race at some point, and there's got to be something in it for each "returnee" to come back wanting more. BUT it is hugely comforting knowing that there will be an enormous amount of support from both competitors and volunteers. It's been 8 ½ months with a full on training schedule (as I decided in November it would be important to get a running pro to devise my training plan, especially when one lives on a small flat island with basically 3 "hills"). I have had to make compromises and sacrifices along the way - but it has been worth it. I am as excited as I am nervous, and still in the process of fine tuning a few things - mostly, how to fit everything required in my backpack and get it as compact as possible - specifically the nutrition which I can’t open to repack and squash into zip locks until I’ve gone through Mongolian customs. As some have rightfully questioned "Couldn't you have just visited Mongolia on the back of a horse like most “normal” adventurous people do?" .... My response… "well either way I would have ended up walking like John Wayne, so there is no point tiring both myself and the horse"...and it will be amazing to run/hike across these different terrains as Ghenghis Khan and his armies once did, while doing something that gives me a weird sense of peace within …. Interestingly, your mind doesn't have the chance to think that much either (woohoo), as your body is shifting most of that energy in moving your body forward instead. … and so here begins the last stretch of my journey -… This blog is dedicated to my dear friends across this beautiful world, who have supported me over these months and asked how to get my updates - '’MASSIVE THANK YOU!!! Xx" … well this is it (and via the LIVE race updates on the website!) … I hope you will enjoy reading these prior and during the race start on 28 July. Do leave me messages, especially during race time if you get a chance. I know it will be amazing to receive anything from the "real" world. Arohanui, Lisa B.

Comments: Total (17) comments

Sophie Sorgo

Posted On: 24 Jul 2019 10:44 pm

An amazing adventure, excited & daunted for you!!! Know you will love it!!!

Angeles Barrios

Posted On: 05 Jul 2019 03:52 pm

Your excitement is contagious, I'll meet you in Mongolia.

Maree Glading

Posted On: 04 Jul 2019 09:19 pm

You are amazing! So excited to follow your journey 👊🏻❤️

Pieta McCrum

Posted On: 04 Jul 2019 01:40 pm

You're my hero. I looked at doing this with a friend years ago before I had children but then life happened. I wish I could have done this with you when you asked me, but this is your time to shine and my god you a shining beacon loud and clear. So proud of you my darling old friend. This is HUGE. Absolutely massive massive event ahead of you and I'm right there with you in spirit. Can't wait to see the media of YOU crossing that finish line. Respect little lady. You are taller, braver, bolder and more inspiring than ever. Love you and wishing you the best of luck! xxxx

Cynthia Casiinelli

Posted On: 04 Jul 2019 12:06 pm

So inspiring!! Thank you for taking us all along your amazing adventure! Xx

Lycra (Hayley Rahman)

Posted On: 04 Jul 2019 07:02 am

Great Blog!!! I feel every ounce of excitement and nerves all bundled into your awesome fist post. Can’t wait to read more. So amazing Lis, enjoy every minute; you’re an inspiration!!! The Rahman tribe are cheering you on xxx

Barb Brimelow

Posted On: 04 Jul 2019 05:59 am

Burgie! So eloquent, it is hard to believe you are ESOL 😜 So so proud of you mon amie, can’t wait to follow this blog as you head through Mongolia 🇲🇳You can do this!!! Xx

Paul Fisher

Posted On: 04 Jul 2019 05:38 am

Go, Lisa!

Lea Stephen

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 05:13 pm

Bravo Lisa! Thanks for sharing your journey and insight with us! You are one in a gazillion!!!!

Katie Simpson

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 10:52 am

Gooooooooo Lisa! You are INCREDIBLE, keep the blogs coming xxx

Alexander Mearns

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 10:31 am

Great first blog Lisa - congrats on this and good luck with the race!

Mags R

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 10:02 am

Holy moly Lisa!!! This incredible you’re doing is mammoth and you are the only person I know who will succeed at this! What an AWE inspiring adventure you’ve been on already and this is an epic yet wonderful stage to be reaching! Super excited for you!!! Super proud of you! YOU WILL DO THIS!

Rogé Pathuis

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 07:45 am

Great blog Lisa! Thank you for sharing your passion and your humor in your writing style. Suggestion next step: a vlog (for example on your Mongolia run). Bliss!

Matt Hall

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 07:15 am

Great start champ. It’s awesome to hear about your determination to achieve this challenge. If there is anyone I know whose up for this it’s you! Great first blog. Keep them coming

Ange Webber

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 06:47 am

You are AMAZING! I wish we could be there as support crew, know that we will be cheering you on the whole way. Amazing. X

Jou Yu

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 06:36 am

You’re amazing, Lisa! You can do this!!

Georgie Hackett

Posted On: 03 Jul 2019 06:21 am

Yay to the blog! Will be so awesome to follow your progress on this amazing experience. So proud of you xx