I asked Surasa the question that I suspect many people have been wondering. How are you?
“If you don’t ask about my legs than I am fine.”
Surasa never stops smiling and for the past week she has more or less not stopped walking. What is not within her reach right now seems to be the ability to run.
The pain from shinsplints has restricted her mobility but not her poise. A solution seems painfully elusive as does now the likelihood of breaking her own world record from last year.
“It doesn’t want to leave me. I have to kick it out. But I don’t know how to kick it out.” Yesterday after Mitch the chiropractor adjusted her she had a few sweet precious hours of freedom.
But the pain soon came back as did the frustration of a problem that seem not to have any solution. Or at least a quick and easy one at this time.
“I think the solution is to pray more. To be more inside.”
“The character of the race now is totally different.” Surasa describes that it is actually harder to walk now than it was earlier to run before she had the problem. She feels that going slower takes even more energy than when she can run freely.
“It takes so much effort just to move forward.”
“I can only say thank you, thank you to all those who are thinking about me. It is always very very touching when I hear people say, that they pray for me. It really touches me deeply.”
“Each ultra runner eventually has this same experience. That an injury comes. In this race so many are suffering.”
“I am so spoiled. In the last few races I had no problems. Now I have a new experience. It is okay.”
“I think it is so important to stay positive. No matter what happens we always have to accept all the things that come. It is just part of the race. So it doesn’t make sense if you complain. You just loose energy. It is so important to have positive thoughts.”
Do give my heart the strength
To love You most intensely.
Do give my life the strength
To need You most sincerely.
Do give my legs the strength
To run most speedily.
Do give me the strength
To manifest You here on earth
Sri Chinmoy, My Race-Prayers, part 2, Agni Press, 2006
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