Day 6

7.40 pm
It’s the first day that life’s been getting better. It looks like the transition is drawing to its close. I’ve been running in a more confident manner, a little faster and, most importantly, with no problems. Almost painless. I am still having problems with night sleep. From previous race experience I know that it takes from two to three weeks to get a sound restful sleep. Nevertheless, I was full of energy this morning. The energy comes into motion. I mean it. Energy does come into motion.
Others are OK too. No major injuries and failures. Surasa is still fighting her shin splints. It’s like treating a runny nose: when you treat it, it takes 7 days to get better; when you don’t, it takes a week. Volodya’s got swollen feet, and he’s wearing special knee-length socks to tighten up his gastrocnemius muscles. The body has all kinds of reactions to the transition. His legs look like those of a body-builder. He is being stable, though. Dharbasana is being enthusiastic. We noticed that he was running in regular marathon shoes. One does need a better strategy for the concrete. He won’t listen to our advice. I guess he has to figure it out by himself soon.
Our race was on the verge of being closed down. We were attacked by terrorists. The brave American police defended the longest race in the world just brilliantly. The thing is we really saw a suitcase under the tree. As it turned out later it was a throw-away. But it was spotted on the territory of the college, so the security had to call the police. Very soon two police cars with sirens arrived and barred the crime scene off. We had to maneuver for a few laps. The suitcase was evacuated. We don’t know anything about what happened next. But now we are feeling absolutely safe. Stay tuned.

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