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August 8… A New Experience (Utpal)

Augu 8, 2016

This morning when Surasa ran by me she asked if I wouldn’t mind taping a message for her.  Of course I considered it a great honor to be able to to record this for all her friends and admirers.

“I have a message for my friends.” “Dear friends all over the world.  I just want to tell you that you don’t have to worry about me.  I am really fine.” Continue

August 7, how can I stop? By Utpal

Augu 7, 2016
 When I meet with Baladev this morning he has just been reading a page full of poems that Sri Chinmoy wrote on the topic of never giving up.

I ask him what that means to him and he says, “right now I am not in a talking mood.” Instead he uses the time to read them all to me.  In a thoughtful and compelling way. Sharing with me, that when he read them moments earlier they had made him cry. Continue

August 6, Utpal. God Has a Plan

Augu 6, 2016
Be good and remain good; if you want to be a supremely chosen child of God. When I go to meet Vasu out on the course he is reciting the daily prayer with Stutisheel.  Saying the daily prayer is something that he has done throughout this race, and as far as I know it is something so important to him that he has done this same thing every day in all the 5 years he has run here.

August 4: The Whole World is in My Heart (Utpal)

Augu 4, 2016
It was the closes finish ever at the 3100 mile  race.  Last night at midnight both Yuri and Ashprihanal had put in an astonishing day of running.  Demonstrating unquestionably what it really means to dig deep, try harder, and for all of us mortals on the sideline, what appeared to be transcending themselves in a way that has not been witnessed on this little block in Queens ever.

August 3: God’s Embrace (Utpal)

Augu 3, 2016
I greet Yuri this morning with, “we won’t be doing this again.”
It is his last full day of running and by early tomorrow his 3100 mile race will be over for this year.  He starts the day with just 84 more miles left to run.

 

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July 2: Lots of Prayers to Say and Miles to Run (Utpal)

Augu 2, 2016
“I think I felt it last week.  There was a point when I was able to do 100 laps.”
That point of course was when at last Kaneenika was able to see that she would be able to complete all 3100 miles of the race.  She is rightfully cautious as she expresses this optimism.  There is still the very real job of taking on the last 421 miles over the course of the final 8 days.

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August 1: I Hope I Can Make It (Utpal)

Augu 1, 2016
I don’t usually ask runners questions about their day to day life while they are running.  My logic, if there is any, is that if they talk about their other lives it will be a distraction from the very real pursuit which they have to face here every day for 52 days.

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