“I guess I am happy.” One can’t blame Ashirvad if he is a little uncertain of his feelings. This is his first 6 day race and over the course of the past 5 days he has run 212 miles.
“It is a great opportunity to be here. Everything is perfect.” When asked what got him to come out and run this year. “I have a lot of friends who are good runners, not like me, and they somehow encouraged me. I never even thought about doing it till some time last year.” In earlier years he came many times to help with computer technical support.
“What happens here is magical somehow. There is an energy, there is a feeling that goes through everything.” Ashirvad says this energy permeates not just the other runners but also the course and as well all those who help or even come by to support the race.
“I have started to take notice and realize every place along the course. There is a certain identity.” Nothing goes unnoticed from the puddles to the trash cans to the trees. “Each becomes an element that makes the course so unique.”
He says all the experiences both high and low force you to live in the moment. “It keeps you focused on right here right now.”
“I am surprised that my mind did not go off or start to get bored because there is always something new. It is either the pain or an experience that you have, or the weather. All those things are changing all the time. It forces you to be in the moment.”
“I am of course happy. The last day is the happiest day of the entire race.”
Andrei says that he thinks about the race quite often at home and has deep feelings about it. “I get inspiration when I think about it.”
He says while the race goes on he sometimes feels pressure and even that I don’t like it. “But after awhile when I recover and feel better. Now everything is okay.”
“From the 2n or 3rd day I feel as though I have changed my mind a little bit. My problems I felt like they disappeared, or became no so important. After this I felt peace was coming into me, into my mind. No problems bothered me.”
“Its been an amazing experience.” Ashadeep is running her very first 6 day race.
“There have definitely been highs and lows. But everything has been a miracle. The race has totally blown my mind in every way.”
She says she is surprised what the body can accomplish when grace descends.
“I tried my best not to have any expectations. I did want to make the 150 miles over the first 3 days. I knew that was Sri Chinmoy’s original cutoff. “I was very happy that I completed that. For the next 3 days I was just happy that I could continue. Ashadeep has 241 miles for 5 days.
She says that she will be both a little happy and a little sad when tomorrow she is completing her last lap of the race. “Definitely it is very magical out here. There is a very strong force.”
The furthest she has ever raced is the 47 mile race. When asked why the big jump to this race, “just my heart.”
“I have been to this race many times to help count. I have always felt a pull towards it. “It took me 4 years to get ready and to actually do it.”
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