Day 46…A Stronger Heart (July 31)

“Its never over until its over.”  Nirbhasa has had on paper at leas a great race.  As of this morning as he starts the day, in this his 3rd race, he is 9 miles ahead of his previous best.   It is a razor thin margin when you are calculating through all the thousands of miles that he has run.  Yet whatever his fate may be in the days ahead, when he goes home tonight the finish line will be less than 200 miles away.

The incredibly hot and humid weather has mostly passed, but its effects still linger in the faces and legs of those most devastated by it.  Nirbhasa was given a blow that he has still not yet fully recovered from.  “I am not entirely sure what happened.”

“During the really big heat wave about 10 days ago, I basically got heat exhaustion.  Especially during hot days I haven’t yet fully recovered.  It still flares up.”

“We had a period of sustained heat, the previous 3 days.  I just have to be very careful, and somehow deal with it.  It was my first time dealing with, particularly that level of heat.   It was 100 degrees in the shade, and the real heat index was something like 105.  20/20 hindsight is always a great thing.  You just deal with the situation you have, here and now.”

The qualities Nirbhasa feel that are most important to doing the race are patience and perseverance.  “You have to sense that the race is your job.  That while you are here, you are inspiring so many people.  That you are doing something beneficial.  You need a sense of dedication to that purpose.”

He says that when it comes to Joy, “you find moments throughout the day whenever you can.”

As for the finish line which is drawing so, so close.  “Yes and no.  If you start thinking too much about it you still have a job here to do.  I still have a few days left to complete.  You have to focus on the task at hand.”

The Board at the Start of Day 46

Camp early

Rupantar interview




Rupantar’s daily video




Start of Day 46

Afternoon weather

Clear and warm morning

Ashprihanal has 2955 miles

He did 65 miles

Making 3000….by Arpan

Will finish Friday morning


Anupam being interviewed

Nirbhasa has 2866 miles

He did 59 miles

Making 2900

photo by Garima

With Peterson



Vasu has 2825 miles

He did 61 miles

He is 24 miles ahead of Ananda-Lahari….. and I did not realize until I looked more closely he is speaking with Stutisheel



Ananda-lahari has 2601 miles

He ran 58

He is 67 miles ahead of Smarana


Smarana has 2734 miles

He ran 55


He is 25 miles ahead of Harita


Sahisnu with photographer

Harita has 2709 miles

Yesterday was a very tough day….she did 38 miles

She did 2 laps of the course with this lady who speaks no English

Picture by Launa

Looking much better today


Tape dispenser gone awry

Todor has 2667 miles….the magic number is 2682 miles

He did 42 miles

With Todor



A light touch

Ushika has 2387 miles

He made 52 miles

Making 2400 miles

With Max



“Okay, what is better than sitting on a park bench enjoying the morning sun?”


Poem of the Day held by Savita and Anjali

Playfully tries
To hide from
Our eyes.
But His Heart

Sri Chinmoy

July 31st, 2006

Enthusiasm Awakeners

Mine is the wisdom-light
That tells me to ask
Not for a lighter burden,
But for a stronger heart.

4 Comments to “Day 46…A Stronger Heart (July 31)”

  1. Hridayinee Williams says:

    Another good joke…. and interview.
    And Hooray for a Stronger Heart!! ♡

  2. Doris says:

    Yesterday in the video it looked like Nirbhasa was in a kind of twilight zone in the early morning. Very happy he is “alive”! I was a bit worried!

    And thanks for the interview with Rupantar. I am sure the race is much more powerful then what we see here on the board. And all that traffic…! Even I remember as a former ultrarunner how it feels when a person crosses the pathway – its like someone crossing your heart.

    Harita is an amazing woman! Her inner attitude must be so strong. We can learn so much from her with regards to our own lives…making unconscious mistakes at times.

  3. Kedar says:

    Always enjoying your background music and needless to say your inspiring interviews!

  4. nirmala says:

    Poem of the Day held by Savita and Anjali
    goes like this:

    “God playfully tries to hide
    from our eyes.
    But His Heart prevents”

    Sri Chinmoy
    July 31th, 2006

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