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Today´s goal achieved but at what expense? Day 217, 57.3km  (5/29/2009)


This morning D announced that she wanted to shake off her blues by having a solid day of running and her goal for the day was to get to Adelaide River tonight some 57km away. Sometimes I think D is some kind of masochist as I don’t know many people who would try to lift their spirits by running 57kms on bad feet but I guess the frustration of some many low kilometre days was starting to get to her and she wanted to push through this blockage, as she put it and achieve descent result by the end of the day. As I watched D getting ready to run for the day I thought “Oh No, she in one of those moods” so I decided to spend most of the day on my blankie in the truck in air conditioned comfort and let D go it alone. As the day progressed I could see that the pain of D’s feet was starting to erode her determination to get to Adelaide River but luckily about 24 kilometres from her goal another runner a guy called Crusty, who we meet just north of Three Ways Roadhouse had hitched a ride down from Darwin so he could run with Deborah into Adelaide River. I thought this wasn’t such a good thing as D was in a lot of pain and I was very worried that D would try to keep pace with a faster runner but as it turned out Crusty ran at D’s pace and D was very grateful for the company.  Crusty run with D all the way into Adelaide River, even when it got very dark and at 7.30pm with the help off Crusty D achieve today’s goal. Crusty was met by his girlfriend Karen and we all had a celebration beer together then Crusty and Karen headed off and we set up camp on the side of the road. It soon became evident that the higher kilometres and longer day has caused more pain in D’s feet and she could hardly walk from one caravan to another. Just between you and me I will be glad when we get to Darwin just 120kms away and we can finally get someone to look at D’s feet. I am starting to wonder about what the consequences of D running on such bad feet could be.
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Maggie, Director of Greeting (D.O.G.)

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