Day 18…Come Together As One

“Today I feel so much better about being here.  I own this course.”

“In the last few days I let a lot of things and excuses get in the way of my performance.  Something clicked last night.  I was still behind the pace but I wanted to make it to 1,000 miles.  I had 3 and 1/2 hours to do it.  I gave it my all.”

“You have to dig deep into your soul and give it everything.  Once you do that things will turn around for you.  That is what happened to me over the last part of the day. ”

Up until that moment Yolanda confesses that she let the heat and her soar feet act as excuses not to push harder.  “I gave myself so many excuses about how not to perform to my best.”

“You have to stay strong and you have to stay positive.  You have to feed yourself nothing but positive affirmations to keep yourself going.”

“I have blisters on both of my feet.  What I have done is learn to embrace the pain.  The pain is a part of you but it does not define you.  Once you recognize that the pain is there then you can come together as one.  Your pain and yourself.”

Yolanda describes how she has given an actual name to this pain that is constantly nagging at her.  “Every morning she gives me a hard time.  So what I do is to acknowledge her and then I turn her over to Jesus.”  She says that once she turns the pain over to a higher power she is able to really embrace her pain.

“So if you take your pain and yourself and come together as one.  You will get through the pain.”

The board at the start of Day 18

The quiet hours of July 4th

Yolanda arrives

William with a yogurt, apple sauce, and water

Some have yet to come

Yolanda has already done her head stand

Vajra works on Kobi

Surasa arrives

Nearly time

The girls

Aharan filling the sponge buckets

Start Day 18

It is a beautiful but humid morning

Vasu ran 66 miles

He now has 1202 miles



Kobi ran 62 miles

He now has 1191 miles

He is just 11 miles behind Vasu

His helper today is Liron

Amir came by to visit


Smarana did 50 miles

He now has 1054 miles

Coming through camp


Surasa did 56 miles

She now has 1034 miles.  Pouring a melted ice pack on her arms to cool off.


Sopan did 60 miles

He now has 1022 miles

Receiving email from Sahishnu


Ushika did 54 miles

He now has 1012 miles

Max and Ushika

Flag socks

With helper Max


Yolanda did 53 miles

She was the last one yesterday to join the 1000 mile club

With Laila having a hot dog moment


Who can say no?

Kaneenika did 52 miles

She started the day with 994 miles

A group of girls cheered when she passed 1000 this morning

With helper Lotika


Ananda-Lahari did 45 miles

He started the day with 992

He passed 1000 miles as well


William ran 60 miles.  He is one of the only 4 to do 60 or better

He started the day with 983 miles

William tells a joke.  “The best kind of letter to get during hot weather is fan mail.”

Green leaves



Upasana celebrating the day


“Your kidding it is actually the 4th of July.  I thought it was still only June.”

Charita reads the daily poem

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Enthusiasm Awakeners have special treats in honor of July 4th

Enthusiasm Awakeners

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O dreamers of peace, come.
Let us walk together.
O lovers of peace, come,
Let us run together.
O servers of peace, come.
Let us grow together.

One Comments to “Day 18…Come Together As One”

  1. Ksenia says:

    Thank you for the squirrel, aforisms, words of runners, thank you!
    P.S. Gee,these hot dogs and cakes look so tasty! Happy America`s day))

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