July 15… A Simple Life To Be Perfect

Today presented an unmistakable reckoning with just how hot and humid it can get during the 3100 mile race.  Not a record setting one to be sure but still the kind of day when doing anything outdoors is hard little alone trying to run 60 miles.

When I catch up with Baladev he is mixing his own concoction of salt water.  Playing with the fluid as he poured it back and forth between 2 cups.  “The salt keeps the body hydrated.”

“The hottest was 30C and today it is going to be 34C.  A little bit more and it is humid.  The humidity makes it more fun.” (smiles)

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Temperature 90 at 10:28

Since today officially marks the start of the 2nd half of the race I ask him about that.  “I am not thinking about how many days.  Or how many days I will be here.  I don’t think about tomorrow I only think about today.”

“This lap.  You never know what will happen at the next corner.”

“This is a simple life.  We all need a simple life to be perfect.”

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“When you study something at school you then use that knowledge in the rest of your life.  Here when we run we study during the whole race.   Naturally we use what we learn here during the rest of the year.”

“We learn many good things like simplicity, patience, courage, and gratitude.”

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Baladev says the meditation he experiences here while running is quite different that what he practices at home.

“This is a moving meditation.  When you are sitting at home you don’t move.  Totally different.  I like this one more, because you never fall asleep when you run.  When you meditate sitting at home you can go to sleep very easily.  When you meditate and run sleeping does not come.”

“Usually the evenings here are very  nice, and the early morning.” As Baladev runs away from me I cannot help but notice the message printed in big letters on the back of his shirt, Peace, Love, Joy.

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Without a steady mind,
A pure heart
And a simple life,
Nobody can make
The fastest progress.

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The Board

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This looks to be the first of summer’s really hot days.

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A smile from Vajra before he goes

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The empty camp

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The van arrives

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Baladev arrives

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Ashprihanal stretching

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Checking out the webcam

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It is working

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Vasu comes

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Misha with Aloe Vera on his knee

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Rupantar doing his daily video

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Baladev working on his shoes

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Start Day 27

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First steps

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Today the weather will be a real test for everybody.

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Atmavir ran 68 miles yesterday

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He has 1796 miles and is 116 miles ahead of last year

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Purple cup

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Yuri had a 66 mile day.

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Yuru taking no chances with the heat puts ice in his hat

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Feels cool right away

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He has 149 miles

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A little red bird

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Getting counted

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Ashprihanal once again had the most miles with 70

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receiving some encouraging emails.

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He has 1727 miles and is 22 miles behind Yuri

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Up the hill

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On the turn

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A little light

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Vasu had a slightly better day with 46 miles

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Talking with someone on the course and explaining about the race.

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He has 1722 miles.  Vasu is extremely grateful to all those who have reached out with their encouragement and support.

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A gathering

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Color co-ordinated

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Surasa did 60 miles

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She has 1666 miles and is 61 miles ahead of last years pace.

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Webcam shot of Surasa taken this evening

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A little pink

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Kaneenika did 63 miles

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She has 1659 miles.  7 miles behind Surasa

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She is 101 miles ahead of last year (Patricia working on the garden)

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Reaching out

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Sopan did 60 miles yesterday.

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He has 1520 at the half way mark.  He needs to make up the 30 miles over the next 26 days.

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“I really love the race.  But only when the temperature is below 90 degrees.”

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Hard and soft

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Beautiful in the mornings

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Stutisheel did 61 miles

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He has 1493 miles and has to make up 57 miles over the next 26 days

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A play with Ashprihanal

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Stutisheel has also apparently made friends with a squirrel who may or may not be able to read.

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Rupantar takes a video of the squirrel trying to get into his food

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Rupantar then shows the video to Stutisheel.

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Who is doing all he can to discourage the relationship.  Sign created by Vrishaketu

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Coming through camp

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Baladev had 57 miles

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He has 1485 miles

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Ananda-Lahari had 47 miles.  He now has 1413 miles

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Coming through camp

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Ananda-Lahari’s feet

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“It has been amazing.  This has exceeded all my wildest dreams.”  Paramartha has been one of the key helpers at the race this year and this is her first time.

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“I come past here at 5 o’clock in the morning and run the track.  Then I set up my counting tables.  Then I go home and take a shower and I can’t wait to get back.  I photograph the runners and then load those photos onto the website.”

“I am passionate about this race.  I have changed my entire life so that I can come here.  I am all gratitude at this opportunity.”

Paramartha first heard about the race 17 years ago when she became a student of Sri Chinmoy.  She says she is inspired by the determination and the stamina of the runners.

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“The whole concept of never giving up and also the joy you get from being part of a much much bigger picture.  I am not a runner but I feel as though I am contributing my small capacity that makes a difference.”

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Paramartha reads the Daily Poem

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Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Do you want to be happy?
Then make your life
As soulfully simple
As sleeplessly breathing.

 

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