MdS 2011 – Day 9, Stage 5 – Update from the Desert

April 08
MdS 2011 – Day 9, Stage 5 – Update from the Desert

Life Changing Experience

My marathon is done.

54°C (!!yes!!) out there at 2pm today, but then I came to run in the desert so what did I expect? 😉

Today, I just ran and ran. God, the spirit of my soul mate, our magic children, a very concerned mother, my brother Tim who did it with Richard in 2008, my fabulous in-laws, all of them and all my WONDERFUL friends were with me.

Every single step of the way.

Thank you ALL for the tidal wave of support I have received over the last few days and for willing me on.

One can always ‘train more’, ‘sacrifice more’, ‘push more’ and ‘do better’ but there are times when one can really say ‘this is good’. Today is one of those days; I believe this with every fibre of my being.

It is extremely rare to feel this way, but the doubt, fear and overwhelming niggles of potential failure are gone. This is success; my personal success. I have achieved my aim and the emotional, physical and spiritual goals are all but in the bag.

The support I have had along the way is nothing short of astounding. I never expected anything like it. These thoughts and memories are moments to treasure and bring out as precious gems when the routine of life starts to get in the way. This is a celebration of life and of living life to the full.

To cap it all, there has been an orchestra in the desert tonight, which is a slightly surreal, but unique experience arranged for the MdS competitors – WOW.

Tomorrow, the last 17.5 km back to my husband and children. Nothing will stop me now. Nothing will stop me being back in their arms again soon.

I am the most blessed and happy woman on the planet.

Thank you God for this day.


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9 responses to “MdS 2011 – Day 9, Stage 5 – Update from the Desert

  1. Stephanie HenleyNo Gravatar

    April 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Bugger! You made me cry & for once I am at a loss for words! An outstanding achievement Liz – now I need to rescue my keyboard, it’s drowning! Enjoy the reunion – will be thinking of you all! X

  2. Tracy Harington HawesNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 1:20 am

    You amazing, incredible superstar Mum – you are a hero in my eyes! I have this huge lump in my throat – you write from your heart -beautiful – Well done what an amazing achievement!

  3. Mum & DadNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 6:21 am

    We have vicariously enjoyed the ups and suffered the downs with you.
    What a wonderful blog for the last full day.
    Enjoy your shower!!!
    God bless and all our love.
    x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

  4. Niqui du PlessisNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 6:31 am

    What an incredible journey you have been on and what a priviledge to have shared it with you. I feel fortified and strengthed to begin my journey of another kind today as I head off to American via Germany to be with Natalie and her family.
    WELL DONE!! I am so excited for you for when you cross that finish line. Am imagining the medal around your neck and the grin on your face. Well done girl…. you make us all so proud. Lots of love to you. It’s been very real :)

  5. RichardNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Such fantastic words ML, but you should be in no doubt that you deserve it.
    The effort has been yours to achieve what you have and at the end of things you have had to draw deep from your reserves to complete you quest. We can see that. We, your support network of friends, good friends, who have had the great priviledge of sharing this unique and personal journey with you.
    We have laughed at the humour, marvelled at your resolve and ability to bounce back, day after day, suffered sleepless nights in anticipation of the next glimmer of news, and now close to the conclusion of the journey, we will undoubtedly suffer withdrawal symptoms as our lives return to normal :-)
    Thank you for giving us this opportunity ML
    You are an inspiration.
    YRT xxxx

  6. Dave MarkhamNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Good effort there 😉 x

  7. jean bodenhamNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

    What a privilege it has been to follow your journey, you have been amazing. Glad I wasnt the only one in tears after you finished your marathon. I will be thankful when you are safely back in Guildford as it is exhausting just waiting for news! Huge hugs on the finishing line! jx

  8. timNo Gravatar

    April 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

    What a stage, what a run, what a time !!!
    Stronger and stronger, both in confidence and in body it seems………THAT’S the way to do it!!!
    Words seem to lose any real meaning at times like these, the emotions so powerful, attempts at expressions of them fail us, certainly they do me !!
    It is known that more true happiness comes from our EXPERIENCES during our time on this planet, than from the collection and possession of material goods………………so LONG LIVE the Marathon Des Sables……….. and to all those who think they could never do it…………I bet you could…………… thanks to Liz her sharing HER amazing journey and experience this time and for her inspiration !

  9. PaulNo Gravatar

    April 10, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Just now had an occasion to look at some of your blogs Wow really quite
    incredible stuff and sights and doings and all.. So very well done and
    time to write the stuff as well.

    Am super super impressed…

    Been hunkered down with the babe who has taken it out of me more than I
    realised and trying to get PhD in and and but been thinking of you lots.

    Love love love Paul


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