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Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
When I started this blog, it was to track my progress from an occasional kayaker to taking on the Devizes to Westminster non stop 125 race. Little did I know that would start me on a long distance obsession which has resulted in my completing the 30th Marathon des Sables. It has been a strange and sometimes painful ... but always wonderfully challenging journey

This is my occasional account of a middle-age mother's attempt to take on things which are really quite beyond her.

Earthquake - impact goes around the world

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiFeb 22nd 2011
I woke this morning shortly before 3am - nothing unusual there as my sleep patterns are irregular, to say the least. But this morning I decided to check the news, to see what was going on in Libya and to my horror came across the footage and news of the Christchurch earthquake.
Phones are always missing in my house, but a quick trawl through one of my daughters' rooms located one and I was able to check on Dad. He's not too close to Chch, but last September he felt the quake very strongly and there were concerns about his pool. He is over 80, blind (from smoking) and lives on his own - but he was ok. My sister had been in Christchurch a week or so earlier and was now driving back to the West coast so it took a while to locate her. There was enough time to confirm she was ok before the line went dead. Since then (by now about 5am) and for the rest of the day, I have stayed glued to the footage feeling sick with anxiety.

Most of the friends I have in Chch have confirmed their safety through Facebook, but there are still a couple I'm anxiously waiting on. Suffice to say that there has been no training today, I've had several websites on rotation watching back to back re-plays of buildings I knew when they were intact, now unrecognisable as rubble. I'm from further south than Christchurch, but have spent so much time there, I know it well.
There's also been no mention of the triathletes who train near Lyttleton and Akaroa (Scott Molina et al).
I feel so remote and unable to do anything other than pathetically read tweets and wait. Maybe tomorrow I can train. But not today.
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