Archive for 2015

July 7, Utpal: An Inner Lesson

July 7, 2015
 “What a great day. I am having a soul’s name anniversary.”

5 years ago today, on July 7 2010, both Atmavir and Baladev received their spiritual names.  For spiritual seekers receiving a name is perhaps their most precious possession.  A way of defining themselves in the outer world with a tangible reminder of an inner identity trying always to come to the fore.

“It was on a day when I was also having some problems like this.  I had to stop the race and they took me to see Dr. Kumar and than I came back.” When he arrived one of the race directors handed him an envelop and told him, “you have received a spiritual name.” He stopped for a while to meditate and says, “I was so happy.  That I got my name here at the race.  For us runners it is a privilege to get it here.  Atmavir means hero’s soul.  It is he who has a mighty soul and will attain the absolute.” He says that he chants his name often when he runs.  “It helps me a lot.” atmavir4


July 6th, Jowan: Photos day 23

July 6, 2015

JG2_5948   more photos here.

Day 23, Stutisheel

July 6, 2015

Day 23, 3100 Mile Race 2015​ from Stutisheel Lebedev on Vimeo.

July 6, Utpal: I Am Going Beyond

July 6, 2015
“I am moving a little better.” It is now Kaneenika’s 23rd day of running at the 3100 mile race, and even to a casual observer she is clearly moving well, and in the process not making it too easy for a camera man to keep up with her.
In 20 years of competitive running in numerous multi day races, 45 year Kaneenika Janakova has not only moved a lot but achieved a lot along the way.  Thousands upon thousands of miles have passed beneath her feet in those years.  In that time she has set records, won events, and proven herself to be one of the very best distance athletes in the world. Traditionally her premier event has been the 10 day race held each year in Flushing Meadow.  A race that she has won overall on 2 occasions.  It was in 1014 that she set her personal best of 727 miles.  The furthest she has ever run before this race was a 1000 mile event.   But the obstinate hard rectangle, that garlands Thomas Edison High school has begrudgingly surrendered its miles to her.  Its hard surface, glides without notice under a pedestrians shoes, but to runners who become so acquainted to its foibles for 18 hours every day, it is another story. kaneenika-surasaContinue


July 5th, Jowan: Photos day 22

July 5, 2015

JG2_5768   more photos here.

Day 22, Garmin Data

July 5, 2015

Here are few statistics for the day: Distance 102.85 km Time 17:58:43 Average Pace 10.29 min/km Moving Pace 9.29 min/km Average Heart Rate 91 (!) Elevation gain 152 m Two rests by ~20 min Full data    

July 6, Utpal: Things to be grateful for

July 5, 2015
 “I had 3 experiences with Suprabha.  They all happened in my first race.”

Ananda-Lahari is eager to tel me some stories this morning.  I am more than a little surprised.  After running non stop for the past 3 weeks all the runners at this stage of the race often have little energy or enthusiasm for story telling.  Yet as Ananda-Lahari speaks about events from 10 years ago, his eyes sparkle with added delight.  Something this 39 year old Slovak runner continually confounds me with year after year.

His ability to remain cheerful is probably his strongest asset in the 3100 mile race.  But as he explains through his experiences, it was not always so.  In 2005, his first race, he speaks about reaching 2700 miles. “I was just going through the counting station.  People were clapping and going….oh, .. 2700 miles.  Great!” “It happened that Suprabha was also there.  She said, congratulations for reaching 2700.” “I replied, it does not give me joy.”  Suprabha than simply changed the topic.  Not willing, it would seem to have a discussion of her beloved 3100 mile race that wasn’t positive. “Than she ran away.” “For me it was a very good experience.  I realized that there always things to be grateful for.” ananda-lahari-goodContinue 


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