“I am alive and happy.” Speaking with Yuri this morning he somehow makes what he has just done look deceptively easy. Late yesterday evening he completed 2000 miles. For the few who were there to witness it. Some bells were rung and he slowed for just a moment and then quickly kept going. He still has a long long way to go.
“This is the quietest area at least at night time.” Ananda-Lahari points his right hand towards a low brick wall where the Enthusiasm Awakeners sing each morning and also were Sri Chinmoy once used to come as well and practice his music. It is a typical Sunday afternoon at the 3100 mile race and for my ears it is raucous and loud and almost unbearable. Just making one loop on a hot Sunday afternoon and you are constantly bombarded by hordes of people and volumes of sound. “There is always noise on Sunday.”
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“If the 3100 mile race is at one end of the race spectrum the 2 mile race is at the other end. At the beginning.”
I spoke with Nirbhasa just after he finished running in the Self Transcendence 2 mile race on Saturday. He was in the top 3 and so for his achievement he was presented a banana. And as he said, the 2 mile race, which may take up to 18 minutes, can in any way compare to the 3100. A race that as of today has just completed 28 days. The total distance covered by all the runners in that time is 19,427 miles.
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Today presented an unmistakable reckoning with just how hot and humid it can get during the 3100 mile race. Not a record setting one to be sure but still the kind of day when doing anything outdoors is hard little alone trying to run 60 miles.