Day 14… Grateful Each Day (June 30)

“I try to see it as blessings.  Sometimes I think the sun helps me a little bit.”  The weather has shown not just Surasa, but all the runners many faces over the past week.  A few days ago it was a day of heavy thunderstorms and now the heat is settling in and has no plans to leave any time soon.  Surasa will have ample opportunity to renew a challenging friendship with such an unforgiving power.

She says of this relationship, “I try but of course if it gets so hot I forget.  I think it would be good to see the sun as a friend, and not to fight.”

Surasa has been running now for 2 weeks and has covered 810 miles.  She is not certain that she has yet to get completely into the rhythm and flow of the race.  She is happy with her performance thus far but confesses that a day before her flight to New York she actually considered cancelling coming.  “I had back pain.  I thought I was not strong enough.” She does not have any doubt whatsoever now that coming to the race was the right thing.

“I am just grateful that each day I am able to do my miles.  Therefore I am satisfied.”

She says that when negative thoughts appear for her the best thing is to push them away.  “If it is possible to do it.”

“I always forget the hard things about the race.  So when I think about the race it is always just positive.  I forget the other things. It is really funny and amazing but it is just like that.  When I think about the race I get joy.”

The board at the start of Day 14

The quiet time

How the heat wave is shaping up

Yolanda takes a picture of the board

Surasa arrives

William was very cautious yesterday with the heat

There will be lots of water

Generator problems

Andy Cable has come to help Yolanda

Karabi is counting

Kobi worked on by Vajra

Resident musician Kodanda




Kaneenika cutting up shoes

Max putting oil on Ushika’s legs

Start Day 14

The day starts pleasant but continues to get hotter

Kobi ran 60 miles yesterday

He has 942 miles and leads Vasu by 10

Walking through camp


Vasu did 65 miles

He now has 932 miles

Everyone is drinking

Yuri and Alexei


Smarana did 62 miles

He now has 827 miles

With Patanga

He knows the New York heat


Kodanda takes a break playing music while Joe visits

Surasa did 59 miles

She now has 810 miles


William did 35 miles

He is being cautious about the heat

William has 779 miles

William in camp


Sopan did 62 miles

Day 14

He now has 778 miles

Sopan in camp


Ushika did 62 miles

He now has 778 miles


Max shows a picture that Lucas from Salzburg made of Ushika


Yolanda did 57 miles

She has 776 miles

Andy Cable is helping out

Some medicine from Bahula


Kaneenika did 57 miles


With Ritadyumna


Ananda-Lahari did 50 miles

He now has 743 miles


June 26 marks the 36th anniversary of the 2 mile race

Antana and Lailai

The race starts at 8 am every Saturday

“Yow, this sidewalk is too hot.  I am going to have to go back to flying to get to work.”

Poem of the Day read by Antana

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Poem Antana

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I am so grateful to my soul,
For every day it chases away
All my mind’s doubts, anxieties
And worries.

One Comments to “Day 14… Grateful Each Day (June 30)”

  1. Jadranka says:

    Welcome Andy, he was a great help to Yolanda last year!
    Thanks Utpal for amazing reports!

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