Day 13: Happiness Transforms Everything. Utpal’s blog Text

In the past few days Stutisheel is looking and running like the Stutisheel of past years. And that means many many past years as this is the 13th time he has entered the race. He is stronger and his face is bright and smiling and most importantly he is able to run for most of the day. To read more, please follow the link

Day 12: Sometimes There Is A Breakthrough. Utpal’s blog

“I try and stay in tune with the spiritual forces of the course. I realize that during the last hour there is a very special force. There is more energy somehow. Everybody is trying to push more. In the morning it is also good to put on as many miles as possible. Early morning and late evening are the best times to push.” To read more, please follow the link

Day 11: Every Day Opens A New Experience. Utpal’s blog

“Every day opens something new. It’s a new experience and you can’t prepare for that. Every day you get something new that you never expected. Some kind of experience.” For this 8 time finisher of the race the past week has been a new experience in the worst possible way. The last few days he has been mostly walking and it doesn’t take much to notice, that despite his smiles, he is in pain, and frustrated that he cannot be the hard charging relentless runner that he is more familiar with. To read more, please follow the link

Day 10: You Just Smile. Utpal’s blog

“In general I think people like to smile. It is a gift that we can smile. Especially when things are going wrong. Then it is the best that we can smile.” Yesterday Ananda-Lahari ran 113 laps around the school. His day started well before dawn and I suspect that his hours of sleep were minimal. He got up showered and got on a bicycle and rode up a dark road and when he got to the race he parked that bike against a fence. To read more, please follow the link

Day 9: My Lifetime Dream. Utpal’s blog

Wei Ming tells me that he did not realize just how much the race would affect him. He says this after running another 100km day giving him an 8 day total of 524 miles. A very long distance for any runner. But when you do the quick arithmetic in your head, there is still a shocking distance left ahead, for not just him but also the other 6. To read more, please follow the link

Day 8: A Whole New Experience. Utpal’s blog

There may be times when Harita frowns, but I have not seen it. There may be times when she grumbles, but I have not heard it. And there may be times when she just might wish she was any other place than spending 18 hours each day running around Thomas Edison High school. But after observing her calm steady demeanor and unflagging cheerfulness over many years I doubt the third thing can even exist in her steadfast and cheerful commitment to running the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence race for the 3rd time. To read more, please follow the link

Day 7: We Are So Fortunate. Utpal’s blog

The full scripts of each of our lives are impossible to predict. Seldom if not not ever do we ever really know just what will happen next. The great scribe of life no doubt knows but it cannot be revealed to us until the moment passes and the page is turned. I had made an assumption that after a 5 years absence Stutisheel would unlikely ever run in the Self-Transcendence race again. I was wrong. To read more, please follow the link

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