The first 48 hours have passed
“Its going great….beautiful Canadian weather.” Last year Richard came for the first time and ran the 6 day race. At the end of 48 hours he has made 100 miles
He jokes, “this is kind of balmy for Canada….you know that.”
“I actually feel very lucky and blessed. That is the honest truth. I am enjoying every second of it.”
He says that in some ways every day at the race is similar. “You go to sleep, you get up, you run, but every day actually is different. There are things to contend with. There is the weather. There is how you are feeling. There is your injuries. It is all the same but different.”
Richard says that compared to his race last year he feels that he is getting a lot better at it. Last year I may have gone out to fast. I got injured and ended up walking for a lot of the race. This year I am just working my way through my injuries. I know that I have a lot of time…..so just enjoy.”
“One thing that is always the same here I can tell you is the food is great, the people are great, the support is great, the runners are great. You feel coddled here. It is a wonderful feeling.”
“I feel that because I am taking longer breaks that when I get up I feel fully energized.” Laila is here at the race for the second time. She did the 6 day race last year.
“So most of the time I am running and not walking.” (she has 111 miles for 2 days)
When asked what she likes most about the race she says the intensity. “I like to get fully immersed in things, so that nothing else exists. This is perfect place for that.”
“You feel here that you are living in the moment. You are dealing with this moment here and now. Whatever is needed is taken care of you are not thinking about the past or the future.”
“Eventually you just let go of everything. You feel peace, sweetness, joy. You have to go through some hardship to get there. Eventually you realize that nothing is important but your peace and your joy.”
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Ales has 137 miles
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Fred Davis taking a vegan food break.
He has 121 miles
Georgs (103), Jiri (122)
Other side of the park
Vinati has 118 miles
Vasuprada has 78 miles
Taking a break
Ushika has 139 miles and is in 4th
Sandro has 112 miles
Nataliya has 135 miles and is 2nd
Patanga has 100 miles
Pedja on track with 122 miles
Andrei Somov taking a short medical break (104 miles)
Working on his feet
Oleksandr has 125 miles
Michel has 104 miles. He is doing the 10 race for the 11th time
Nipura and Surudhuni
Karteek has 108 miles
She has 105 miles
Her race helper
Jesper is in 3rd with 150 miles
Igor in 2nd with 160 miles
Gundega has 132 miles
Nothing to lose but the ignorance
In your life.
Nothing to lose but the fear
In your heart.
Nothing to lose but the doubt
In your mind.
Nothing to lose but the imperfection
In your world.
Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 96, Agni Press, 1983