“I take every day at a time.” Andrea is hesitant to confirm that he is having a great race. He once again had another 70 plus mile day which puts him in the stratosphere of running standards here at the 3100 mile race.
“I am doing my standard somehow. It is not extremely well but I am happy. I keep fighting to keep the 70 mile average and so far it’s been okay. Now lets see what happens.”
As for the times he established last year he knows he is close.
“Normally I put it in the background, and let nature takes it’s course.”
Andrea has a very expressive face. He says, “I think it is about my attitude.” Andrea believes he most often feels he is challenging the race as though it were a battleground.
“So I don’t smile so much. Many time people tell me I should smile more.”
“I take it as a duty somehow and I can’t say I enjoy it so far. Let’s see later on what happens.”
“I am competing not only with myself. I have this inner call somehow for self-transcendence.” Andrea confesses that at the beginning of the race that was not his intention. “I wanted to take it easy but when I learned I had the same pace as last year I realized I had to do the job.”
When asked why he sprints off the starting line, “I want to show myself that I am sharp. I am ready. I want to go all the way. I don’t want to lose time, to fool around. I take it seriously. That’s the reason why I sprint.”
The board at the start of Day 27
Annugata and Rupantar
Vasu and Stutisheel
Start day 27
Wei Ming did 64 miles
He now has 1667 miles
Medur delivering oatmeal
Vasu did 66 miles
He now has 1607 miles
Anupam with Andrea’s smoothy
Harita did 58 miles
She now has 1596 miles
Saying good bye to Harashita who returns to Japan tomorrow
She will be missed
Takasumi did 59 miles
Hwe finished the day with 1551 miles. 1 mile past half way
Rupantar with flat tire
Stutisheel did 47 miles
He now has 1534 miles
Ananda-Lahari did 78 miles
He now has 1485 miles
Pati leaves today
“This is amazing.”
In the inner life
Is much more important
Than the so-called success-life.
One response to “Day 27: An Inner Call”
Love that new shirt! May those birds help the runners to fly! Insightful interview with Andrea.