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Day 19

I have had another smooth day, everything is ok. The weather was interesting today – very changeable and cloudy in the morning. It’s even difficult to believe that it was so cool on the 2nd of July –  ideal for running. Then the sun appeared and fried us. By the evening clouds came and it was heavy raining. Real rivers were running here. Asprihanal has had a hard day today – he is walking, talking to runners (which is great), listening to music. Purna-Samarpan runs more and more getting adjusted to the race. He has been doing more that 50 miles for several days and is going to increase the mileage. All others run well, without serious injures, we move forward. Today, nearly half a day I was listening to the new Grebenshchikov’s song “The best day”. I liked it so much! It describes perfectly the mood of the race, just super. I recommend it. Hello to everybody.


Archived – click Post Title to view all. Utpal’s Interview with Asprihanal (full article read here)    “I run around the block mostly to get Ideas. Everybody else is getting miles.” Ashprihanal is in a playful mood this morning. It may be for a number of very good reasons. The rain, which has been relentless for days has finally stopped. For the runners it means one less formidable adversary. Or it could as well be the fact he ran 79 miles yesterday which means his current average is 75 miles a day. This technically puts him on track, at least for the moment, of potentially setting a new course record. Ashprihanal of course is not constructed of the same raw ambition which drives most world class athletes. He is a light and almost ethereal being who does not look as though he runs like most mortals. It appears more as though he flutters, like a small graceful bird just above the unforgiving course. He is never interested in recounting his statistics or his records. He is not about glorifying his achievements or setting himself off toward distant goals. He is all about the moment. There is a genuine humility about this flying Finn who has run this race 8 times and has won it 5 times. The ideas he is talking about is for a short impromptu skit that he and Grahak will in a few minutes perform for Parvati and her singers. Today will be their third performance. He says, “How it started off, it was raining for 3 days. I…

Joke of the day 19

I’ve known this college worker for many years. Every morning we greet each other. Today when he asked How are you, I replied unusually – Running. After a pause, he emotionally said – Well that’s a good sign! You’re ok!

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Day 17

Archived – click Post Title to view all. TODAY I have passed 1000 miles. As Sahishnu likes to write in his news: it’s the 6th time in my running career. 16 days and 12 hours. It is 3 hours faster than last year. I am on the 8th place. Yesterday night Volodya ran his first 1000 miles in his life. He was as happy as a child. Frankly speaking, it’s even difficult to believe that we have already been running for 17 days. It seems that only yesterday we came to New York, only yesterday we went to Manhattan to buy lacking sport things. And, look, 17 days have passed by… Ashprihanal moves forward amazingly fast. He is up for something, that’s for sure. And Grahak as well… We  found out that he did not like the race very much and he wanted to be done with it.  Probably, he plans something, too. He  is covering huge mileage… All our runners are moving very well. I feel quite well. I had some blisters after rains, but my legs are ok. Since early awakening, running, having food while we run, and breaks became my modus vivendi, everything has been accepted as natural… Yeah, it’s a lifestyle now. And a very good style for that matter! To our starting mark I get absolutely fresh, never have I been heavy-eyed. I run right from the starting line. It takes 2-3 hours to warm legs up and then I can work well. Certainly, my well-being changes during the day, but generally it is stable enough. This…

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