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Heading to Egypt – My Sahara Blog

Hello Friends – just getting last minute things settled before leaving on my grand voyage – my first ultra marathon: 250K in the Sahara Desert.  I couldn’t be more excited to be on my way… I feel eager to get started  😉

The Racing The Planet organization has a special system for emails and blogs, and I will only be able to post using their blog.  Please follow my progress and send messages at this following location.  Thank you for all of your support and charitable donations to HOPE for Children.    ~  all my love, Jennie

Or, go to – click “blogs” and you’ll see updates from all competitors.


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Anna Dello Russo – Editor At Large and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan Visits Hong Kong

Anna Dello Russo and Jennie Hope Peterson

Jennie Hope Peterson with Anna Dello RussoEditor At Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan.

Anna Dello Russo – the absolute definition of a true fashionista!  Her career in the editorial side of the fashion world (Fashion Editor at Vogue Italia, Editor of L’Uomo Vogue, Editor At Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan) is inspiring, but it is her personal flair with clothing and accessories which is mesmerizing.  In person, she is captivating and charming… wearing a whimsical and alluring ensemble consisting of a white corset mini-dress and sky-high heels, with netted cherries on top.  Sensational!

The evening I met and briefly spoke with Ms. Dello Russo about this season’s trends was at a cocktail reception hosted by Lane Crawford in an intimate walk-in wardrobe, complete with all of the new essential pieces which clearly represented the direction of fashion for the coming year.   Our brief conversation touched down on this season’s newest, most innovative trend: faux fur, an essential for the coming season which is likely to continue as designers seek innovative and sustainable textiles to translate luxury into affordability.  A win-win trend which I, personally, will consider embracing this year during the two cold weeks of Hong Kong winter.

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Healthy Eating Plan – 3 weeks

Hello Friends,

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I have just 3 weeks to finalize preparations for a 250K ultra-marathon across The Valley of the Whales in Egypt.  Fitness training aside, nutrition is an important component of being ready for the race.  I will not be reducing my caloric intake or cutting out carbohydrates because 1) I need carbohydrates for energy and 2) I am not trying to lose weight. Rather, I will be cleansing my system to flush all unwanted toxins, perhaps lose 2-3 pounds of body fat, and stock up on essential vitamins and minerals – such as iron.  Therefore, my menu will be void of alcohol, refined sugar, caffeine, and most processed foods – except yogurt, milk, and dried fruits.  Removing the caffeine will be the largest challenge.  Since I am iron deficient (common among female athletes), iron is especially important.  Thus, citrus fruits, beans, nuts, leafy greens, red meat when lean, and iron supplements will be a focus.  The other focus is getting my body as clean and hydrated as the next three weeks will allow.  The following plan still very closely resembles my day-to-day eating plan, built around the principles of ‘clean eating’

7:00 Wake-up; pre-breakfast I always drink 1 large glass of water (which has been poured the night before and sits on my bedside table so I do not forget) as soon as I am out of bed with 1 antioxidant and 1 multivitamin.  This water gets my brain and body moving.

7:15 Breakfast:

  • 1/2 cup uncooked (1 cup when it is cooked) large, rolled oats over the stove-top – not the instant kind – with 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds, a handful of mixed unsalted almonds and walnuts, approx. 20 blueberries, and a splash of milk
  • 1/4 fresh orange
  • a handful of another fruit – grapes, 1/4 apple, pomelo, etc.
  • large glass of water with round lemon slices

10:30 Portable Snack:

  • 1/2 cup natural yogurt – low fat or regular.  Just basic white yogurt with healthy bacteria like LactobacillusBulgaricusStreptococcus Thermophilus and Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
  • Add: 1/4 fresh fruit – apple, grapes, or blueberries, 6-8 nuts, 2 tablespoons dry muesli or leftover oatmeal from breakfast
  • Tall glass of lemon water

1:30 Lunch:

  • Some kind of veggie stir-fry or lettuce wrapping (light on the oil and sauces, no sugar) with chicken, tofu, scallops, or prawns
  • Bowl of veggie/protein soup such as bean soup, egg & spinach soup, tofu and corn, etc.
  • Small bowl of brown rice
  • Small bowl of steamed choi sum
  • Large mug of hot non-caffeinated tea or hot lemon water

4:00 Snack:

  • Short, steamed milk from Starbucks with a piece of fruit or 1/2 cup of the prepared granola/yogurt/fruit option sold Pure IFC.

6:30-7:00 Dinner:

  • Stick to the plan and avoid fine-dining before the race.  Dinner changes daily but closely resembles lunch.

9:30-10:00  Snack:

  • 1/2 orange, some nuts… maybe a few gulps of milk, etc.  A small amount of food just to calm my hunger pains.
  • Other supplements: Omega-3s/Fishoil, Iron, and round 2 of anti-oxidants. is a wonderful website to help you determine your caloric needs and create an eating plan.

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Training for an Ultra-Marathon: Fitness Plan

Hello Friends,

With just under one month to go, I need to get some serious conditioning under my belt if I hope to do well (err, I mean finish) The Sahara Race, part of the “4 Deserts”, named by TIME magazine, as one of the top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.

In general, I stay in shape by working out no fewer than 4 days/week; keeping active 7 days/week.  However, my adventure last weekend into the mountains of Sai Kung with a loaded pack (previous post) indicated I need to train much harder in the next three weeks to be fit enough to enjoy the beautiful Sahara Desert rather than crawling on all fours to the finish line.  Therefore, I created the following fitness plan for the next three weeks:

  • Run 10 Kilometers six days/week.  So far, this takes me almost exactly 1 hour.
  • Intense circuit conditioning at PURE, IFC with my long-term personal trainer Fred Wong 2 days/week with a 10 Kilogram weight in my racing backpack: lunges, one-legged squats, stepping, running in place, etc.  Fred designs amazing workouts… I practice what I preach and workout with a personal trainer 2-3x/week.
  • Heavy weight-resistance training at least 1 day/week for bench press, squat, and dead lift for major muscle groups with Fred.
  • Pilates 1-2 x/week independently and at OPS in Central.

I’ve been following the weight training for several weeks, but this is only Day 2 of the 10K running.  I’m feeling very good, although my legs are a bit tender due to my tight iliotibial (IT) bands on my outer thighs. Hope to resolve this IT band issue in the coming few weeks with lots of foam rolling, gentle stretching, arch supports, etc.

Stay tuned for my next post about my dietary changes and “detox” leading up to the race.

I am running to help raise funds for HOPE for Charity.  If you care to donate, kindly refer to the below donation details.  Thank you!

The charity’s account details (Hong Kong):

HSBC Account no: 813-284411-001; Hope for Children

Reference mentioned “Jennie Running The Sahara”

Cheque payable to “Hope for Children (Hong Kong) limited”

GPO Box 947, Hong Kong

Please reference “Jennie Running The Sahara” on the back of the cheque

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Training for an Ultra-Marathon: Racing The Planet Training Camp

I have just one more month to prepare for my first ultra-marathon.  The SAHARA ULTRA MARATHON RACE is part of the “4 Deserts”, named by TIME magazine, as one of the top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world.  On October 3rd, I will be joining this year’s race along with 150 other competitors from 35 countries, who are running 250 kilometers through The Valley of the Whales in Egypt.  The 6-day Marathon finishes at the Pyramids of Giza.

So, how does one even begin to physically prepare for something like this?  The truth is, I had no idea until last weekend’s adventure with Racing the Planet’s Training Camp, hosted and created by endurance champion Eric LaHaie.  Details as follows:

Day 1 – A morning discussion about the logistics of a 250K race: packing, training, gear, nutrition, etc.  Later in the afternoon, we arrived at Sai Kung Country Park and quickly split into 2 groups: runners and fast-walkers.  The scenic and moderately intense Luk Wu Country Trail led us to Sai Wan Beach where we set up camp as the sun set and stars revealed themselves.   The ambitious runners donned their headlamps and hit the trails again while the rest of us heated water and enjoyed freeze-dried Expedition Food for dinner.  Following dinner, we all chilled out under the moonlight – a perfect ending to the day, as the beach was stunning, quiet, and presented a remarkably special side of Hong Kong… complete with cuttlefishing boats in the distance.  Unfortunately, the once soft sandy beach soon felt hard and unforgiving, and sleeping was a restless challenge.  A priceless indication of what desert sleeping may be like!

Day 2 – I watched the sun rise pink over the sea and we were all up at 6am.  Expedition Food breakfast and we hit the trails by 7am for a glorious morning of training before the heat of the day.  The air was cool and fresh as we climbed.  I split from the group before they made it to Sharp’s Peak and looped around the NorthEast trails which brought them back to our Sai Wan Beach starting point.  Meanwhile, I jogged on with my backpack for another 2 hours, then ultimately walked …until I caught a ride home.  Arriving home, I felt extremely positive about the entire 2-day event, but also exhausted, incredibly sandy, and realizing I needed to make serious modifications to my racing wardrobe before hitting the desert.  And… I noticed a place on my foot where a blister is likely to form during the race, despite wearing Injinji socks, SmartWool, and trail running shoes which are 1.5 size too large.  Good to know these things now rather than later.

The verdict: this training camp was a fun, well-organized dress rehearsal for the Sahara, and I know what I need to do for the next one month.  The next post will highlight my training plan for the coming three weeks.

I am running to help raise funds for HOPE for Charity.  If you care to donate, kindly refer to the below donation details.  Thank you!

The charity’s account details (Hong Kong):

HSBC Account no: 813-284411-001; Hope for Children

Reference mentioned “Jennie Running The Sahara”


Cheque payable to “Hope for Children (Hong Kong) limited”

GPO Box 947, Hong Kong

Please reference “Jennie Running The Sahara” on the back of the cheque

Cheers Friends,


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