I didn't sleep well the night before. I was nervous. I am still not fully recovered from Shingles, I had some pain and I was so afraid we would sleep in, although I had set 3 alarms, that I woke many time to check the clock.
On our way to the race it began to pour. Water filled up on the road and I started to think the race would be cancelled.
But as we came closer to Kao Mai Keaw the roads were clearer and the excitement was building.
My family took a photo of me and then we all crammed in ready to start. It wasn't until a few days later when I posted the photos on facebook that I realised the man standing in front of me in the blue is actually on my friends list.
I have gone from having no friends to friends I didn't even know I have!
Then the race started. It was only 25k. I ran a half once in 3 hours (that's very slow) so I told my family to come back in 3.5 - 4 hours as I was sure to finish it by then.
I really had no idea how long this journey would take.
I didn't know it would be so breathtakingly beautiful that sometimes I would have to stop just to admire my surroundings and take photos.
There was one spot where we had to cross a ditch that was so steep I needed to hold onto a tree vine and lower myself down.
I wasn't coming last but it was a very slow race and I was amongst the back of the pack runners.
At 17km I was walking and struggling. I then looked up to see a member of my running group running to say hello to me and offer anything I might need. That support and encouragement really made me feel fantastic and full of energy again.
I ran for another 8 km. Through beautiful trails and among shaded trees and heavily grown areas. I had to climb over a couple of trees blocking the path and run on soft sand that I suspect were dry river beds.
I was walking again as I came up to the finish and the support team from Bangkok Runners were there. I can't describe the elation I felt when I had someone run and talk to me in the last 10-20 metres.
It was a very tough course. I had friends who signed up for the 50km only to pull out at 25km and comment on how hard it was.
After 5 hours and 5 minutes I was finally at the end.
I was given this medal and a bunch of flowers.
After the race I was quite ill. Hardly able to stand and vomiting nothing into a zip lock bag as we made the long trip home. That night I had chills and went to bed in my winter pyjama's.
But I woke the next day feeling euphoric.
I cannot wait to do this race again in January.
It has taken almost 10 years of running to find my niche; and that is trail. I am at my most happiest when running in nature. When the sounds of animals and birds are so much more exciting than an ipod playlist.
I have registered for 7 events so far over the next 12 months. Two of them are road marathons but the rest are on trails. From 21 to 78km. In Thailand, Australia and Europe.
I am in a great place. I am not the fastest, I don't look the part and some people don't get it but I have never loved running more than I do at this moment.