Great Wall of China Marathon
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The Great Wall – one of the mankind’s greatest monuments!
It is more than 2,300 years old and it has a length of almost 5,500 miles.
My dear friend, Kymian and I.
Two days before the marathon, we had an “inspection day” – all runners had the opportunity of exploring parts of the wall before the marathon. It really helped to be out there and see what to expect.
Not easy at all!
During the marathon, I actually fell around this area. My foot slipped. So thankful I didn’t break my foot. I just hurt my knees but I was still able to run.
My running outfit 🙂 My donors are always in my heart and on my shirt whatever race I run. I love my donors 🙂
Early morning before the start, band singing the Jingle Bells song for us 🙂
Runners from New Zealand performing the Haka. It was awesome!
With my dear friends, Kymian and Paul. Congratulations Kymian for finishing the fun run and Paul for finishing the marathon! And thank you from the bottom of my heart for waiting for me until I finished.
3-2-1 – START! Months of training and it all came down to this moment.
I love this picture!
Stairs are hard but running on stairs is brutal.
Look at all those stairs!
I tried to smile every time I saw a photographer. 🙂 But after a while even smiling felt hard.
The pain and agony were so real and deep. I really suffered at points.
To go up the stairs I used my hands as well. But the stairs were so hot and my hands were burning. I used bottles of water and that really helped. I also used the bottles as “hiking” poles. I tried everything.
Haha, my face! The nausea and vomiting feeling really kicked my butt.
We ran few miles through a little village as well. It was so emotional at points. Many local villagers and adorable children were out cheering for us. My phone broke during the marathon and I lost pictures of the children. 😦
I fought so hard to cross that line. Thank you so much Soren (in the background) for running last few yards with me. So sweet. I am grateful.
I DID IT!
I felt so many emotions. I honestly couldn’t believe that I made it on time.
7 seconds before the cut off time. Crazy!
I felt like hugging everyone and letting my emotions pour.
Lisa and Kymian waiting for me. Lisa helped me at mile 10, gave me water and talked to me. ❤
Haha, my smile is so forced here. I was in so much pain. My leg was bleeding a bit as well and I was feeling exhausted but I still posed with my medal in front of the finish line!
And then I went to the medical station.
I am so thankful to the medical staff for taking such good care of all of us. Thank you Kymian for being such a wonderful and caring friend. You helped me so much. I could feel your were worried and stressed for me. ❤
Feeling better here and it hit me again that I finished The Great Wall Marathon.
I saw Amanda, a sweet runner I met during the marathon. I was so HAPPY to see her. We both struggled together at points.
Kymian, Paul and I – all reunited at the end! ❤
This whole experience left me feel like a champion and it positively changed my life!
After the marathon, we had our party celebration. All runners got together and celebrated our achievements.
Yay!! Congratulations to us all!
I love this. Cheers to friendship and running!
I love my dear friend, Kymian. Traveling and experiencing this amazing adventure with you was one of the best highlights of my journey. Thank you for your support and friendship. ❤
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My 7marathons on 7continents journey continues – next continent: Antarctica!!!
I also have 4 more marathons left for this year, more money to raise for kids and schools.
I am so grateful for all the help, love and support. ❤