Saturday, 28 April 2012
Stage 6: 15.5km (9.6 miles)
I'm swearing inside - where's the finish?!
A measly 9 1/2 miles. Piece of cake.
So the organisers gave us the big dunes today.
The last day was an actual race up to the first checkpoint. 6.5km of flat, stony ground. We all sped up to the start of the dunes. I felt like I was running a pb time, though it was probably still painfully slow.
Hit the dunes. And return to shuffle/walk.
And on. And on. And on.
It was deliciously awful and wonderful at the same time. You are so, so close but you aren't. You know there is only a few kilometres left from near 300km at the start, but you can't see the finish line.
I didn't think I'd be so relieved today, as it was only 91/2 miles, but I was. It felt so, so good to come in. People cheer you in. Some, having just finished around you giving you hugs. Others just staring vacantly in sheer exhaustion, can't believe what they've just done.