Day 11: Every Day Opens A New Experience

“Every day opens something new.  It’s a new experience and you can’t prepare for that.  Every day you get something new that you never expected.  Some kind of experience.”

For this 8 time finisher of the race the past week has been a new experience in the worst possible way.  The last few days he has been mostly walking and it doesn’t take much to notice, that despite his smiles, he is in pain, and frustrated that he cannot be the hard charging relentless runner that he is more familiar with.

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

Mario explains in some detail with me what happens when ligaments get over stressed and the result is sometimes debilitating sciatic pain.  It should be noted that while Vasu was in medical getting his sore hip worked on he was also treated for some really bad blisters.

I ask Vasu straight forward what is his answer for when times are difficult here at the race. “I think we should work inwardly and outwardly, and invoke peace and light.”

Sri Chinmoy Ultra photo

Despite all this, Vasu managed to complete 52 miles yesterday and now has 626 miles.

It is a telling thing, and very much Vasu that a friend came by yesterday and taught Vasu one of Sri Chinmoy’s songs to inspire him.  Vasu sang that song most of day, hoping and praying for any opening from the long dark shadows of darkness that are spilling across his path.

The board at the start of Day 11








Wei Ming





Start Day 11

Andrea ran 66 miles

He now has 709 miles

He leads Wei Ming by 60 miles


Garima and Arpan

Wei Ming ran 62 miles

He has 649 miles

He leads Vasu by 23 miles



Harita ran 62 miles

She now has 626 miles

She leads Stutisheel by 25 miles

Taking her morning break



Stutisheel did 62 miles

He now has 601 mile



Takasumi did 60 miles

He now has 595 miles

Doing well



Ananda-Lahari di 49 miles

He now has 586 miles



My personal experience I offer:
Every end
Is a new beginning.

3 responses to “Day 11: Every Day Opens A New Experience”

  1. ========
    The outer difficulties come
    Eventually to go.
    The inner courage comes
    Permanently to stay.

    — Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 45, (#4,457]
    The courage each of these runners have shown in toe’ing the line each morning is amazing. Prayers for the physical pains to diminish swiftly and surely. Courage, brave (and humble) hearts!

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