Day 33: Always Do My Best

“The first time I came to the race was 2005,  but I came to the 700 mile race in 1999 or 2000.”

Ananda-Lahari describes his immersion in multi day running not unlike diving into the deep end of a pool when you have barely learned how to swim.

He was used to running on wooded trails while orienteering and distances never longer than 20 km.  “This was a giant step for me to run 700 miles.”

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

“When I did the 700 mile race I was not thinking of any more. I loved the experience.”  Because of complications with his visa he could not come to the US for the next 4 years.  Instead he says he sought out the longest races possible that were accessible to him there. “I was not trained at all.  I used the races for training.”

“Somehow the idea came that I would like to run this race.  But I was still not brave enough.  I applied but because I did not have a visa they did not take my application seriously.”

“In 2005 I was accepted and I was really happy.  I was literally jumping with joy.”

Sri Chinmoy Ultra Photo

“Always I want to do my best.  It is not as though I came to have fun or amuse myself. I always want to do my best in terms of speed and mileage.”

“I always do my best according to my understanding.  Sometimes I may not be able to be focused very well.  There is always 100 percent performance every day.”

“This surprises me.  No matter If I do 40 miles or if I do 80 miles. I always go Wow, good job.”

The board at the start of day 33

Camp

Clock

Vajra

Wei Ming

Schedule

Niriha

Vasu

Stutisheel

Wei Ming

Harita

Andrea

Start day 33

Andrea did 76 miles

He now has 2275 miles

Flower

Medical

Early

Wei Ming did 62 miles

He now has 2047 miles

Much support

Flower

Swamiji

Samahita

Vasu did 65 miles

He did 1987 miles

Completes 2000 miles

With Natabara

Flower

Antana with a supplement

Harita did 60 miles

She now has 1955 miles

Completing 2000 miles

Photo by Hui Yang

Flower

Rotraud

Anjali update

Takasumi did 59 miles

He now has 1907 miles

Flower

Anjali and Sarita

Name tags

Stutisheel did 61 miles

He now has 1848 miles

Stretching exercise ?

Flower

Vajra

I have many homes
To live in,
But my heart’s gratitude-home
Is by far the best.

2 Comments to “Day 33: Always Do My Best”

  1. Jadranka Grbić says:

    Hi Utpal, Ananda-Lahari’s attitude about the daily millage is really great and he manifests it every day running with a smile or walking with suffering. Not being tied to outcome is a goal that many of us want to achieve, but it is difficult to detached ourselves from it.
    Thanks a lot for the reports, they are better and better every year.

  2. kaushalya says:

    Many flowers of appreciation for the daily injection of inspiration!

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