“There are 2 constructions going on at the same time. It is only for the strong.”
Stutisheel, and all the other runners are going to have endure an extraordinary amount of distraction for the next 2 days. Construction on the school, with its unique hazards of scaffolding and trucks, was an anticipated feature of this years race. This morning the other shoe dropped. Large equipment rolled up the street just after dawn and work men starting tearing up the asphalt. There will be not even one quiet, dust, or odor free place on the course for the next 2 days.
For a veteran like Stutisheel I am curious if it bothers him, all the commotion. “It is still shocking, no matter how many times you have did it before. Of course you can say it extends your limits of everything. Of accepting, of transcending, of patience, of everything.”
“From the outer point of view it is what it is. I feel though that we (the runners) have enough power to dive deep within, and not be distracted so much. This is the case when you are really in the heart. When you are in your own inner world. Than it is not a distraction.”
“I love to say, the divine earthly and divine always go together. You cannot escape anything.”
“I believe we have enough inner power, enough inner strength to come through all our difficulties.”
When asked if everything is going as usual for him. “There is no usual race. Every race is unique. Maybe your previous experiences can help you a little bit. To avoid some bold mistakes. Otherwise you cannot predict what will happen. You just need to be receptive and never give up. All the usual things that save your life.”
“There are things that do not change from race to race. For example the full moon, and I am already walking.” Stutisheel seems to be adversely effected by the moon. Yesterday he managed 60 miles and finished the day with 1010, but he has been walking much of today. He laughs, “nothing new in this. I believe there is a special experience behind this. Outwardly I have difficulties when the full moon comes. I don’t feel that I am fighting with it or having negativity. But otherwise I admire the beauty of the full moon. It is something I don’t know, but am just trying to go through.”
I mention how much he seems to be enjoying the companionship of Galya on the course. “I have been waiting for this for 5 years.” On some mornings if they are running together they have been telling jokes to the Enthusiasm Awakeners singing group.
Galya: “heh Stutisheel, I suppose sometimes that you think that I am a perfect idiot.”
Stutisheel: “O no, no. Nobody is perfect.”
“Always something new.”
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