"I have just started, and I am really f--ing scared," Kristina Paltén says directly into the camera in Swedish.
Not even one mile into her solo run across Iran, the ultra-runner's fears about what she's doing briefly overwhelm her.
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She's planned to go solo for 1,144 miles across a country where she doesn't know the language, a country not always known for being welcome to Western women, a country she's chosen to challenge her own prejudices, reports GearJunkie.com.
No stranger to discomfort, Paltén set world records for 12- and 48-hour treadmill runs. She had no previous connection to Iran but decided to embark on this run to experience the distance, the country's natural beauty, and to challenge preconceived notions, according to documentary filmmaker André Larsson's description.
Starting in the city of Bazargan last August, her route dipped south to Rasht, traced the shore of the Caspian Sea, headed through Golestan National Park, and finished at the border with Turkmenistan to the east. The run took 58 days, and is the subject of Larsson's forthcoming documentary called "Alone Through Iran: 1,144 Miles of Trust."