We made it through both beach day and the Long March. It wasn’t easy.
Beach day was, yes, nearly 20 miles – on the sand, only to end the marathon with a haul into a 30mph headwind across tough rocky terrain. Pretty tough. We had some fun watching our shadows floss in the desert, but it was no doubt a tough one.
The long stage – yep, sure enough, heat was advertised and heat was there. Over 90 degrees in the oldest desert was brutal. We actually did a great job pacing, for fear that heat issues would be a race ender. We did get some good tunes playing on the way, jammed to Highway to Hell – haha, and of course had plenty of Beyonce for power. The night portion was so tough. We were in great spirits, but the soft gravel terrain toward the end that slid your feet while you sunk into it didn’t do great things for our feet. Every footstep for us was so painful that sometimes we would just cry out in pain, trying to keep going. We really couldn’t move faster than a little more than 2mph! Definitely a character builder! The one very great consolation was the sky full of stars that we gazed at. Those moments we will remember forever.
One more day. Dune day. We are definitely nervous because our feet are so sore we can’t even walk without limping, but everyone’s comments keep us going.
Pray for us tomorrow – we make it through and one more 10k on Saturday to the finish. I promise the first pic I will post – other than the finish – will be the feet if you dare. Love you all!