So we have arrived in Africa.
For me, the flights are always the most nerve wracking parts of the trip – will vital bags be lost, etc. – so the touchdown in Nairobi was a relief.
Nairobi is a blizzard of colour and noise. It’s an absolute mayhem but the trip south to Arusha yielded views across the savannah and to Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Proud and snow capped, Mount Kilimanjaro is instantly recognisable and we will hike up it to acclimatise first before the start of the run.
I will be on expedition with Donnie Campbell – a former marine commando and the current Scottish 100-km champion. Basti Haag, one of the worlds leading speed climbers will join us at least for the mountains and will do some running also.
So the updates will be more frequent once we are down from Mount Kilimanjaro.
The expedition promises astounding views, colours and the chance to learn. Running ultra marathons every day at altitude over various hills and terrains is clearly a challenge. But if something sounds like a good idea it is worth a shot.
Donnie Campbell also shares his thoughts via @getactiverunnin on twitter