Completed stage 4 and had a relatively good day. We started at 3am so we could be on the buses by 4:00am. They drove us about an hour and half away to the start, down into the Turpan Basin. We began running around 6:05am and for me the first two check points were fantastic. I´m able to run a lot more than I was able to in the Atacama. As I say that though, getting to checkpoint 3 (the finish line) necessitated my walking quite a bit. The final checkpoint took us up and down sand dunes, into deep canyons with just a single track. We ran this environment for about 5 miles. It was rather hot, and being a bit claustrophobic, I felt like the air was being sucked right out of me. Coming down towards the finish was great sand running. At one point, I looked up to the top of the cavern ledge to see someone on a camel waving. As I waved back I knew that I was in close proximity of being able to rest my weary bones.
Send all that positive energy, we need it!