The beauty of navigation devices or applications is that they, by their very technical nature, can calculate with precision which is the best way to get you to where you want to go. They make choices sometimes you might not agree with at the time but ultimately later realize that they had grabbed some information from some other remote mysterious electronic source in order to calculate the best solution.
To my knowledge no one has ever gotten lost running the 3100 mile race but I suspect each and every soul who has stepped up to the starting line has longed to reach the finish line in the easiest fastest way possible. There are unfortunately never any shortcuts other than dialing up your persistence and dedication. Something that a smartphone can not help you with at all.
Ushika did something yesterday that probably most people didn’t notice. He ran 71 miles, the most mileage he is done since his very first day at the race which was now 50 days ago. Will it help him reach the finish line? Not at all. When midnight comes tomorrow night he will still be hundreds of miles short, but his inner motivations are not definable. For there is someplace he is going that is not on any map.
When I meet Ushika this morning he and his helper Max have just performed a short comedy skit for the Enthusiasm Awakeners. “It is a good start.”
When describing Max’s help, “he is not just good he is essential.”
Max describes his role here as being part of a beautiful event. He says he made progress on many fronts. “We did a lot of plays and a lot of jokes and it helped me in a lot of ways to improve.” Meaning being more comfortable at public speaking.
Ushika says there are too many adjectives to describe his experience here this year. “Surprise, miracle. In the end, you always run out of words. It is always difficult to describe.”
“At this stage of the race you go so far out of your mind, that it is difficult to think through answers. Life becomes very simple, especially the mind. It is not the usual way to function. But instead in a very cheerful and simple frame of mind.
Anupam updating Smarana’s finish time
A no running day
A finish 5,000 km day
Start Day 51
A good day for August
Vasu just wants to finish his 5,000 km
The Wall Street Journal has a great story on the race
Ananda-Lahari also will eventually complete 5,000 after a few breaks
Smarana has 3029 miles
The finish in sight
He ran 58 miles
Scheduled finish is 9 am tomorrow
The indispensable Aharan
It is Kanala’s birthday and she has generously sponsored the race today
Harita has 3004 miles
She did 62 miles
Running with Patti Catalano Dillon…The first American woman to run the marathon under 2:30
She should finish tomorrow afternoon
Patti with her Dad Phillip
Everybody enjoys the article
Over on the service road
Todor has 2873 miles
He ran a remarkable 67 miles
Tanuja, Renata and Nayaja
Ushika has 2674 miles
A great team and a great race
Nayaja and Leila
“I keep telling you, lift with your legs or you will throw you back out.”
Nirjharini and Luana
Poem of the Day held by Yolanda
Is as fresh as
A breath of dawn.
Aug. 5th, 2006
Yolanda came to be part of Harita’s finish
I do not give up. I never give up.
But there is nothing in this entire world
That is irrevocably unchangeable.