Day 8: Unremarkable is Remarkable

July 16, 2011.

Day #8. 206km run!

Soma, TransGambia Lodge, 4:30pm. Too hot to nap. No electricity = no fan.

Celebrated the 200km mark today, whoo-hoo!

Today was remarkable because it was unremarkable. All parts of the runner’s body and the team were smooth. We got our kms in.

I didn’t run any kms alone today. Pa joined me for the first 5km. Ashley for 5-10. Kebba 10-20km and then both Pa and Ashley for the last 5km. That’s right, people, Ashley ran 10km today for the first time ever!

At rest today, we were under a tree on a farm as usual.  A grandmother farming brought over her 2 year old granddaughter to the see toubabs and poor baby shrieked and cried.  She could even look at us.  Grandmother was delighted.

A few notes on how I’m feeling.  Aka the injury report. I’m not injured. Ashley has an overuse injury on her abs from laughing.

Of course my legs hurt and of course it’s hot but I can manage both. The heat in non-negotiable so I continue to just put it out of my realm of conscious thought. I hurt in an acceptable way- my legs are fatigued from hard work in the general leg vicinity. I don’t have any “oh shit” injured parts.  My gut is behaving and is accepting 4 litres of drink over my 2.5 hours running. I did anger my gut a bit by eating 4 bananas yesterday but they were so impossibly delicious that it was worth the risk.

Much of our run was through forest today so less community love for team Love4Gambia.  We did stop to drink in the centre of Pakali Ba today and the truck was quickly surrounded by curious kids. When finished drinking, I asked them if they wanted to run with me and they all said “YES!”  So off Kebba and I went with about 10 kids trailing us. I love the way the kids run.  A few will “run” with good form, a few will “run” with a mix of skipping, hopping and arm waving while giggling crazily. Kebba led the kids in “Thank you Erin, thank you Love4Gambia” and all traces of fatigue vanished from my tired legs.  If I could put the feeling that I get from running with these kids into a pharmaceutical bottle and sell it at Aerobics First, I would be a millionaire.

Happy report from the support truck.  As we’ve written about before, my main man Pa Modou loves Akon more than life and Akon has accompanied us for many of the 206km we’ve run.  But Akon mysteriously disappeared 2 days ago.  The Akon cassette reappeared last night…  Pa is much happier.

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7 Responses to Day 8: Unremarkable is Remarkable

  1. Colette says:

    Seems to me we we should contact Akon and tell him of Pa’s major love for him!

  2. Dawn Hughes says:

    Almost half way. You are all amazing. The pictures of the children with you and in the pure joy we see of you in these pictures are just so awe inspiring. You are making a difference.

  3. Mel Connors says:

    Sounds like a great day! Where did Akon go for 2 days hmmm??? Is there someone on the team that needed an Akon break??? Congrats Ashley on your 10km!!!!

  4. Debby Hughes says:

    Hmmm…could it be that Akon was there and not there at the same time…how remarkable….

  5. Lois Callaghan says:

    Hi Erin – I was glad to talk to you on your birthday. What a surprise when Edwin called and gave us the number. I hope it wasn’t too late for you. I am very glad to hear that you are keeping in good health and are safe. I will talk to you later. Love you..

  6. Kate Keast says:

    206 km! That is AMAZING! You are such a HERO! I can’t wait to see you when you return! But, remember to enjoy it and soak everything in! Because soon enough you’ll be running a marathon back at home. (How un-exciting) Ha Ha! You’re doing GREAT!
    Love, Kate

  7. CathyC says:

    Great teamwork, Team Love4Gambia! Unremarkable is good, because there are many very remarkable days ahead.
    Congrats on 10k, Ashley! Glad to hear Pa’s Akon reappeared…but maybe not so much for the rest of you! 😉
    Loads of love…

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