Day 43…Easily Become Perfect (July 28)

“I think you have to stay focused until the last step.  You never know what awaits for you.”

This morning Kaneenika, the women’s record holder for this event quickly dispelled any notion that the race can get any easier in its precious few waning days.  A prospect that on paper at least seems possible.  Instead Kaneenika says, “you must concentrate on what you are here to do.”

“Now, since I am not in the race, I am thinking it is so exciting.  It is almost over.  Yet I know I can’t say that to the runners who are in the race.  Because I know how it feels when people tell you that.”

“I remember in one race someone told me, it’s almost over there is one day to go.  And I was like, you have no idea what it means to go one more day.  Even to go one more lap might seem like an eternity.”

Kaneenika says she is always surprised at just how much people are aware of what is happening here.  “I think people do feel that something special is happening here.  Very often you feel that some of the people who walk here and run here don’t understand what is going on here. ”

“But then they say something to you and you are surprised.”  Kaneenika then describes a man who used to come around the course quite often last year when she was running.  “Last year when it was really hot and humid he would actually give me the weather forecast.  He would say, tomorrow it is going to be cooler.  He did it just to encourage me to go on.”

There are many essential qualities that help the runners persevere the ordeal of running 3100 miles.  Kaneenika believes that being happy is at the top of the list.  “Happiness is very important here.”

She recalls a time when she was not having a good day.  “I saw somebody on the course and they made me smile.  Then when I came back to the camp I saw an aphorism of Sri Chinmoy saying, just one smile immensely increases the beauty of the universe.  I realized that it is important to be happy here, and to smile.  In that way we can give a lot to the world doing this.”

The Board at the Start of Day 43

Camp early



Nirmala is the sponsor of today’s race






Start Day 43

Weather ahead


Sahishnu’s Week #6 Wrap Up

Sun rise

Ashprihanal has 2762 miles

He ran 65 miles

He is 73 miles ahead of Nirbhasa



Nirbhasa has 2689 miles

He ran 68 miles his best in 2 weeks

Nirbhasa making 2700 miles

With Peterson

He is 55 miles ahead of Vasu



Vasu has 2634 miles

Vasu did the most miles with 72

With Nikolai

He is 15 miles ahead of Ananda-Lahari



Ananda-Lahari has 2619 miles

He ran 58 miles

Doing well


Conferring with Sahishnu

Smarana has 2561 miles

He ran 62 miles

He is 10 miles ahead of Harita

With Aharan



Harita has 2551 miles

She did 62 miles yesterday

She is 48 miles above the magic number



Launa getting ready for Harita’s break

Todor has 2510 miles

Ran 59 miles

Very excited by how his Bulgarian team mates did at the race in Czech Republic

With Todor

He is 7 miles above the magic number



Ushika has 2216 miles

He did 63 miles

Inspiration from Sandro

Help from Max






“The parks people need to put up a stoplight or something.  How is a bird supposed to cross the road?  Ask a chicken?”

Poem of the Day held by Patricia and Vesi

Loves my mind’s
Loves my heart’s
Loves my life’s

Sri Chinmoy

July 28th, 2006

Enthusiasm Awakeners

You are imperfect,
But you can easily become perfect.
You just need a head that bows,
A heart that loves
And a soul that dreams.

2 Comments to “Day 43…Easily Become Perfect (July 28)”

  1. Doris says:

    Kaneenika, I am getting so much joy, each time I see you. You are so much part of this race, like many other invisible runners! Hope to see all together again in the future!

    Utpal, I would have loved to hear you joking on your miscalculation. But your face said it all! Thank you for making me giggle a little. 🙂

  2. Nirmala says:

    Thank you for the nice picture!

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