“Everybody says that each race is different. This race is absolutely different for me. What can I say. I had a wonderful easy first half and then this came.”
“The thing is that I accepted it and it is like it is.”
We cannot know entirely the dimensions and depth of Surasa’s ordeal, which is now well into its interminable 17th day. Up until that day, July 14th, when her body, or perhaps it is just her legs went into a tailspin.
She was speeding along at another world record pace. Then her world suddenly shifted and the trail in front of her suddenly has grown steeper and steeper.
On this her 43rd day on the course there is not one caring person whose heart does not go out to her now as she struggles to make it to the finish line. If you have been saying prayers for her recently I know you are not alone. For I certainly have.
Yesterday was a pretty good day for her. She did 53 miles and this morning she is optimistic that she is moving faster. She needs however to move a lot faster and it has to happen now.
With 608 miles to go and 10 days in which to do it the calculation is clear now even for the most math challenged person. It is 60 plus miles per day now or it will mean the finish line will be just precariously out of reach when midnight comes in 10 days time.
As we jog rhythmically along past the school, she questions if she could have not accomplished more in the last few weeks. Answering her own question, she says, “I tried my best.”
Recently it was suggested that she stay longer and this she has now done. “I have stayed until 12 o’clock for the past 3 days.”
“But I am very close to the finish line. I have to do a little bit less than 61 miles. Today at least I am running.”
“But I am getting tired quite fast. The heat absolutely. The heat is really difficult. When the sun comes up my energy goes down. But in the evening I can run. But the sun stays up until half past 7 and then it is too short.”
“So it is like it is. I am not sad………..Maybe I can do this?………….and maybe not.”
“I don’t think what happens is up to me. I have tried my best.”
“If you can stay until the end of the race, no matter the result, it is still really something. You have to be grateful about this.”
“I want to thank all the people for their support. What they are giving to me helps me and inspires me. It encourages me. I think it is real progress that I can run today.”
In my life of surrender,
Each step of my inner running
And each step of my outer running
I am offering, offering, offering
To my Lord Supreme.