Day 43…Moving Forward (July 30)

Yesterday was a very good day for Yolanda.  She managed to make 119 laps (65 miles), and though she had hoped to add one more lap to the total, the unforgiving clock at the finish line did not allow it.

As she enters the 43rd day of the race she has amassed an impressive total, 2483 miles.  Which by using the simple math of the days left to her means she has 10 days to cover the next 617 miles.  An average of 61.7 miles will do it.  But there now can no longer be a bad day.  For Yolanda there is no longer such a thing as taking it easy.

“I just want to say, I want to get this done.  Last night I pulled off 65 miles, and today I hope to do the same.  I just want to get this race over with.  If I hadn’t had those 3 hiccups (Days 28, 29, 33).  Those setback, I would be almost finished.”

“But that is in the past.  I am okay.  I have lost a lot of weight, but it is okay.  I am moving forward.  I am going to get this done.”

When asked about her supporters following her on Facebook, “I am really proud of everyone who has taken the 52 day challenge.  But we are there.  There is only 10 days left.  We have got this.”

I am curious of how she has been able to overcome all the hardship that she has so far endured.  “I have this inner strength that I didn’t know I had.  It pops out every once in a while just when I need it.  Last night, the last 2 miles.  I was trying to do 120 laps.  This strength and speed just came from nowhere.”

Renae her coach has been helping Yolanda tremendously ever since she arrived a few days ago.  “Her encouragement and her support and her truly believing in me has really helped me tremendously.  If it wasn’t for her being here, the 62 miles a day that I need to do would be a pure struggle.  She is an amazing woman, a great coach, and I am happy to have her here with me.  Her support is just what I need right now.”

Yolanda believes right now that the makeup of what is driving her right now is based 70% on her mental strength and just 30% on her physical strength.

“It is hard.  This concrete is no joke.  My left foot is pretty much damaged, my right foot is okay. There is nothing you can do about it.  Just suck it up and pray on it and keep moving forward.”

“We only have 10 days left and I am going to give this my all and get this baby done.”

On her good days she says the challenge of the race makes her shine.  “My smile comes natural.  It makes me happy.  I love walking and walking 60 miles a day is amazing.  It is something that I like to do.  I keep smiling and digging deep and keep praying.   Praying is what works.”

A life of perfection
Never stops.
It only moves forward,
Upward and inward.

Board at the start of Day 43

Quiet Sunday







Renae gives Yolanda a massage





The boys

Guzel taking a picture


Bigalita’s roses



Start Day 43

Another incredible day

Vasu had a good day with 66 miles 122 laps

He now has 2768 miles

Getting some foot help from Sasha

Letters from home

It will be is 2nd fastest time


Nirbasa did 63 miles 117 laps

He now has 2667 miles

Knee support

Running with Smarana

Shoe inspection

joke time

433 more miles

All kinds of transportation


Kaneenika did 64 miles 117 laps

She now has 2660 miles

She is 92 miles ahead of last year



7 miles behind Nirbhasa


Harita did 60 miles 110 laps

She now has 2505 miles

With Kanala

eyes right

With Nidhruvi

telling jokes

A great race


Yolanda did 65 miles 119 laps

With coach Renae

She now has 2483 miles


Smarana did 62 miles 113 laps

He now has 2314 miles

His best day in 2 weeks

telling jokes


Andrey did 56 miles 103 laps

He now has 2259 miles




Sergey did 50 miles 92 laps

He now has 2239 miles

Morning sun

Happy rock

Nidhruvi did 53 miles 97 laps

She now has 2182 miles

Telling jokes


With Mareike

A great athlete


Ananda-Lahari did 42 miles 78 laps

He now has 2117 miles

Celebrating the Ananda-Lahari song




Alexy and cabbage



“You make think that is bird food but I see squirrel written all over it.”

Sahishnu and his weekly report

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Sharani reads the Daily Prayer

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Sharani poem

Enthusiasm Awakeners

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Small steps or big steps
Do not matter,
As long as we move forward
Towards our Destination.

4 responses to “Day 43…Moving Forward (July 30)”

  1. Yolanda is so incredibly inspiring. I really hope and pray that she makes it. Thanks Utpal!

  2. I was lucky enough to be in New York on the weekend and came to twice to the race on Saturday and twice on Sunday. Yolanda looked more like she was flying than walking and I heard that some of her lap times are faster than Vasu’s (who is in first place). The impact of her pioneer approach of walking with no running is making waves that will require a heavy surf warning 🙂 🙂 I know people who are being inspired by her example who can walk but not run so well and they are renewing commitments to fitness and visioning goals of their own simply because of her example. She truly is a role model for the whole world!

  3. It’s amasing. Amaising runners, crew, team, staff, supporters. Chalenge. Neverending posibilities!
    Amasing u, Utpal. Thanks to Sri Chinmoy!
    What a feed 🙂

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