Day 31… Transformation of Nature (July 17)

From the very instant the race starts time starts to disappear.  Yes on day one, 52 days looks like a giant piggy bank filled to overflowing with time.  A runner at the start tries to gather up as many extra miles as they can.  Knowing full well that bad days, ones in which you were unable to run 109 laps just might and also quite likely might happen when you least expect it.

No 3100 mile runner ever wishes to be in the deficit category.  It is hard to regain those precious laps and as the race progresses past the half way point the task of regaining them gets so much harder.  So what do you do when the tipping point arrives and there is simply not enough time to get them back.

Last year Smarana faced this predicament and now, with just 3 weeks left it looks as though he has arrived at this same place again.  He starts the day with 1722 miles when he really needs to have 1,788 miles, the magic number.  The race of course draws runners to this monumental task who are extraordinary and who view their lives here in ways that artfully straddle both outer achievement and inner progress.   Quite often, as Sopan said yesterday, the race is really all about the inner experience.

Today Smarana says he wants to use the next 21 days to become a better person. “I am really getting my money’s worth here.”

“My focus is shifting more and more on the transformation of my nature.  My focus on running is going more to the background.  I see the race more and more as a stage for experiences to help transform my nature.  In my first 7 races I was just able to push through.  Now there has been a shift.”

“I feel as though I have a more conscious awareness of what’s happening.  Maybe I have gone a little too far in the self transformation. (Laughs) You don’t have any real control here.  I just want to be more conscious and feel and see and commit myself more.  Previously I was just pushing through.”

“Every day is just, day to day, and from one break to the next.  21 days is really quite a lot.  I remember the first time I did the race and had completed 21 days and when I realized I had another 31 days my mind was just in shock. It took me 2 days just to calm down.  You just have to break it down day by day.”

Smarana feels that right now he is better able to experience the race.  Observe the things he needs to learn and accept the inner experiences that he needs in order to become a better person. “Of course I wanted to have both the outer thing to finish the race and also the inner thing the transformation aspect.”

It rained late this afternoon

The board at the Start of Day 31 *Totals may not be accurate… Magic number is 1,788*

Camp early

Parking for street cleaning

Vajra and Kobi

William arrives

Going to be humid

Surasa arrives

Ushika

Smarana

Getting ready

Kaneenika and Laila go over yesterday’s numbers.  She is 30 miles behind

Vajra leaves

Smarana

Vasu arrives

Tarit is here for a week helping William

Start Day 31

Clear with a light breeze

Vasu did 68 miles

He now has 2082 miles

He leads Kobi by 51 miles

Flower

Alexei cleaning shoes

Kobi did 63 miles

He now has 2031 miles

Working hard

Flower

Sopan did 61 miles

He now has 1820 miles

Doing very well.  He leads Ushika by 5 miles

Flower

Ushika did 62 miles

He now has 1815 miles

With Max

He leads Surasa by 14 miles on day 31

Flower

Surasa did 57 miles

She has 1801 miles

With Vishvarupani

Flower

Kaneenika did 62 miles

She has 1758 miles and is gathering back the deficit

She just needs to maintain the pace

Flower

Vishvarupani

William did 49 miles

He has 1722 miles.  Tarit is here for the week

“What’s black and white and eats like a horse? A zebra.”

With Alan

Flower

Atandra making ice bags

Smarana did 52 miles

He now has 1722 miles

“Doctor every where I touch it hurts. It is because your finger is broken.”

Flower

Ananda-Lahari did an incredible 69 miles

He now has 1682 miles

Green

Swamiji

“I said no pictures of the squirrels and notice I didn’t say please.”

Tarit, Alan, and Mario

Nirjharini

Atandra

Irina reads the Daily Poem

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Your self-giving heart
Will be able to perform
A transformation-miracle
In your life.

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