Day 11… Your Destined Goal (June 26)

Ray Krolewicz has been visiting the race, on and off for the past few days.  His presence here comes directly out of his boundless enthusiasm for distance running and in no small way as well, his affection and love for the  3100 mile race itself.

Though he entered the race only once, in 2014, his infectious spirit seems to be in some inexplicable way woven into the very fabric of the race itself. He has been making trips here every summer for at least the past 6 years.   For the past few days he has been living out of his car and takes the discomfort as inconsequential when compared to what the 8 runners in the race have to endure on a daily basis.

When asked what his relationship is to the race he says, “affection.”

“Affection is always a 2 way street.  You cannot gain affection unless you are willing and successful at giving affection. ”

“I don’t think it is a hard event.  It takes focus.  It takes dedication to task.  But if you think about the joy of all day all you have to do is something you already love doing and that is running and being among friends, and being taken care of.”

“The food here is phenomenal.  So there is nothing but affection all the way around.”

Ray was going into the NYC 100 mile race the next day.  Something he was looking forward too.  But he says that the intensity of the 3100 mile race in every aspect sets it apart from any other race.

He reminisces about his conversations and relationships he was able to establish with all the runners in the unique atmosphere of the race.  “I think everything we do changes us inside.  But I think here in particular.  The intensity of it forces you think about different aspects of life.  The time commitment.  If I can put 52 days into this how about putting time into this or that other activity.”

“I was unsuccessful when I ran here.  I joke that I was beat by over 1000 miles.  (He ran 2014) That is the point.  Even something that would look like a failure in another aspect of your life.  If you gain from it, grow from it,  and accomplish some part of it, it is still better than when you started it.”

“Every race is a school. Every run is an experience that you can learn from.  You just need to keep your eyes open and your mind open.  You talk about mindfulness and Sri Chinmoy talked about it a lot.  So mindfulness opens us, no matter what your experience is.  Learning to enjoy what experiences the world has to offer, and what all the different people in the world can offer you as well.”

Part 2

The Board at the Start of Day 11

Early

14 minutes

Ushika

Harita

Ananda-Lahari

Clock

Ashprihanal

Vasu

Putting on shoes

Harita

Boys

Soon

Start Day 11

The day starts off overcast but soon will be hot and sunny

Ashprihanal leads the race with 679 miles

He ran 68 miles yesterday

Shadow

He leads Vasu by 8 miles

Flower

Vasu has 671 miles

He ran 46 miles yesterday

Friends

Doing a skit with Nirbhasa

Prayer list

Last day of school

Flower

Nirbhasa has 656 miles

He ran 63 miles yesterday

Joy

The long path

Green

Smarana has 643 miles

He ran 63 miles yesterday

Drying shoes

Flower

Ananda-Lahari has 633 miles

He ran 60 miles yesterday

Feet

Camp

Flower

Ushika has 601 miles

He ran 60 miles yesterday

Crowded sidewalk

With the birthday boy Max

Shadows

Flower

“Usually I try and avoid processed foods but when I am at a baseball field  I just lose control.”

Todor has 586 miles

He ran 60 miles yesterday

Todor working on Todor’s shoes

Running well

Flower

Harita has 583 miles

She ran 60 miles yesterday

In the crowd

Shadow

Her helper Anita

Camp

Flower

Today is Max’s 27th birthday

Nirjharini made a cake

Anita and Nirjharini

Savita and the Daily Poem

Enthusiasm Awakeners

“Not to give up under any circumstances should be the motto of our life: we shall try again and again, and we are bound to succeed. There will be obstacles, but we have to defy them. So do not give up, do not give up! Continue, continue! The goal is ahead of you. If you do not give up, you are bound to reach your destined goal.”
Sri Chinmoy, The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey

One Comments to “Day 11… Your Destined Goal (June 26)”

  1. kuladhara says:

    Hi Utpal,

    Please, say happy birthday to Max on my behalf.

    Thanks!

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