Day 42… Constant Transcendence (July 28 )

Sopan starts the day with 2468 miles.  With just 642 more miles to go and a buffer of 25 miles his chances look very good to be able to complete the distance.  He tells me this morning he feels pretty good, which translate into not having severe blister pain.

“Which means I can start running.”  For the first hour of the day he is walking and gradually warming up his very tired muscles.  “It is part of the race.”

Telling me about the blisters he seems confidant that they come, heal, and then go.  “It is nothing like a disaster.”

Now with just 11 days left he feels the race winding down.  “But that is why I try and focus only on today.  If I start to think about the next few days then the race for me goes really slow.  It makes me impatient.  You want to get to the finish line but it is still a long way.  In my case it is still over 600 miles.”

“I feel connected to the goal. So I try and follow this link.  For me it is almost like connecting to a different world.  You become detached from all that you have experienced before.  You become connected to a new world a new experience.”

“Every runner experiences the race in a different way.  Everyone needs a different experience.  And when you are here you get the experience you need to get.  You cannot control what experience you get.  You can only surrender to it and move forward.  You have to except what is happening, keep moving forward, and keep making progress.  Both with miles and with inner progress.”

Photo by Spontaneous Beauty

“You have to overcome your own inner limitations, that also create your outer limitations.”

Sopan has had many significant experiences when Sri Chinmoy used to visit the race.  “12 years ago when I completed my 2nd race here in 2006.  He was giving an interview to a journalist of a local TV station.  It was 4 hours before my finish and I was running by and heard Sri Chinmoy saying, we can be truly happy only when we constantly transcend ourselves, both inwardly and outwardly.”

Sopan says that before he left the course he gave him a big smile.  Later he would come back for his finish and gave him his spiritual name, Sopan. “I had constant experiences with Sri Chinmoy when he came to the race but this was a special one.”

The Board at the Start of Day 42 …*Note totals may not be accurate, Magic Number is 2,443 *

Early

Kaneenika’s table

Kobi and Vajra

Surasa arrives

Pacific Northwest are the day’s race sponsor

William

Smarana

Paramartha and Rupantar

Kaneenika checking the totals

Ananda-Lahari

Some atomic clock issues

Kobi and Ushika hug

Start Day 42

A humid but pleasant morning

Vasu did 68 miles

He now has 2831 miles

Running so well and so consistent

A great race

269 more miles to go

Flower

Kobi ran 65 miles

He now has 2747 miles

Having an ice cream

Day 42

A fantastic race

353 miles more to go

Flower

Ushika ran 60 miles

He now has 2521 miles

Camp

An inspiring letter from home

With a little extra encouragement

579 more miles

Flower

Sopan did 55 miles

Photo by Spontaneous Beauty

He now has 2488 miles

Getting mail

A great race

Flower

Surasa ran 60 miles

With Dipali and Vasuprada

3100 mile race

She now has 2466 miles

She is 23 miles over the magic number

Flower

Kaneenika despite the stormy conditions last night ran 61 miles

She now has 2436 miles

With helper Leelavatee

She is now just 7 miles under the magic number

Green

Constance one of the cooks from Australia

William ran 49 miles

He now has 2323 miles

A cute dog moment

Telling a joke

A truly great athlete at age 64

Flower

Alan and Databir with ice cream

Boijayanti at 2 mile race

Smarana had a good day with 62 miles

He now has 2319 miles

His 9th race here

A new counter

Green

Nirjharini with happy poems

Ananda-Lahari ran a spectacular 70 miles

He now has 2235 miles

Flower

Swamiji

Sahishnu updating the boards

“I don’t care which way the other runners are going.  Tell the counters I am going the other direction.”

Poem of the Day read by Antana

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Enthusiasm-Awakeners

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To me, life is not
A leisurely walk
But a constant
Self-transcendence-race.

3 Comments to “Day 42… Constant Transcendence (July 28 )”

  1. Jadranka says:

    Who ever is connected to the Race, even if just following the reports, has a special experiences every day. We are all part of One and if we are aware of it, the Race effects us tremendously, both consciously and unconsciously!
    Being grateful to all the runners and helpers fills my heart with joy and love!
    Thanks everybody for serving Supreme in a very, very special way.

  2. Kedar says:

    Who is Spontaneous Beauty?

  3. Kedar says:

    There is a glowing RAINBOW in the first picture!

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