Day 9: My Lifetime Dream

Wei Ming tells me that he did not realize just how much the race would affect him.  He says this after running another 100km day giving him an 8 day total of 524 miles.  A very long distance for any runner.  But when you do the quick arithmetic in your head, there is still a shocking distance left ahead, for not just him but also the other 6.

As vulnerable as  he sometimes looks Wei Ming has more stamina and energy for a 58 year old man than I have ever seen.  He admits that the first 3 days were difficult. This adjustment he says is typical for most multi day runners.

He sometimes wears a hat with some of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna Kala birds printed on it.  There is something swift and bird like in his running style.  From time to time his arms stretch out from his shoulders almost as if he himself would take flight.

Sri Chinmoy ultra photo

“It has been my lifetime dream to come here and run and achieve my goal.  I feel honored and also humbled by all the people who come by. I am really surprised that so many people have come by.  I really appreciate it.”

Sri Chinmoy ultra photo

“I feel so inspired by this race I just hope I can inspire and motivate others.  Not just from Taiwan, but China, and all of Asia.”

Wei Ming at the conclusion of our interview stops and tells me how much he appreciates how Sri Chinmoy used running to inspire peace within.  “I really admire Sri Chinmoy, and I also hope to keep running and inspire others.”

The board at the start of Day 9

Peterson setting up water

Clock

Stutisheel and Andrea

Rupantar

Nina and Wei Ming

Harita and Harashita

Wei Ming ready to start

Andrea stretching

Start Day 9

Andrea did 66 miles

All were affected by the crush that came with the first day of school.  A new expression has entered conversations, “it’s not Salzburg.” He has 577 miles

He leads Vasu by 48 miles

Green

Reflections

Vasu ran 59 miles

He has 529 miles and leads Wei Ming by 5 miles

Flower

Sahishnu

Harita ran 62 miles

She now has 502 miles

Coming through camp with Ro

Flower

Stutisheel had a very good day with 64 miles

He now has 478 miles

Looking good

Flower

Ananda-Lahari ran 57 miles

He now has 475 miles

Camp

Flower

Takasumi ran 58 miles

He has 472 miles

With Nina

Flower

“I was late for the start what direction are we going today? ”

There is only one dream
That will always be perfect
In your lifetime,
And that is the dream
Of self-transcendence.

3 Comments to “Day 9: My Lifetime Dream”

  1. kaushalya says:

    Sheshe, sheshe!! Thanks for the great interview with Lo Wei Ming— lots of inspiration in his words. Thank you, so nice to have 7 nationalities in the race!

  2. PMcP says:

    =====
    My heart-language
    Knows no barriers.
    It only runs, flies and dives.
    — Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 31 (#30,430)
    =====

    True, there just might be some linguistic challenges this year. But Wei Ming’s sincerity, humour and respectful commitment is evident. May he, and all the runners, translators and helpers communicate freely through their hearts every step and challenge ahead.

  3. Kuladhara says:

    This is really good. Thanks!

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