Oh, I was so nervous that morning but I was very happy that I managed the hills so well.
I basically started more in the back as I knew the strong runners would overtake my anyway.
Most of the time I was by myself walking dynamically as the ground was very uneven and tricky to walk on. I just didn’t want to risk it. Therefore I took my time at some point a bit too long as I was really enjoying walking through the Jungle. I saw beautiful blue butterflies took pictures and a video. It reminded me of the Damien Hirst exhibition in London I visited earlier this year. He made pictures out of the dead butterflies and also had a live butterfly exhibition. Extreme! But now I’m experiencing the Jungle Marathon!
Anyway, I felt a bit emotional that day because I had plenty of time on my own and I felt great and happy to experience the pure Jungle.
The whole day was flat. Out of the Jungle I ran to make up some time. In between the checkpoint I saw some competitors. Unfortunately someone dropped out due to health problems that day.
Overall I was very pleased with me that evening not having any injuries or no blisters. Many competitors had already their feet tapped and bad looking blisters.
The second day ended and I had already over 40km behind me and I felt strong enough for everything still to come.
From check point to check point and from stage to stage, that is how you manage yourself mentally though the Jungle Marathon.