1. Day 19

    05:57

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    They have run so many laps and miles together over the past 18 days that is literally impossible to know just how many. Galya completed 1309 miles last night. He suspects that many hundreds of them have been completed with Stutisheel, his running companion. The scuffing of their feet along the dusty sidewalk creates a pleasing hypnotic cadence. Stutisheel says, "usually long distance races are quite lonely. It is good to have a running friend."

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    • Day 18

      04:39

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      Like everybody who is running the 3100 mile race Yuri is not immune from all the noise and confusion that is now continuing to spill across their sacred path. Yet he is finding something positive is coming out of all the discord. "It concentrates you to be inside. You take all your strength and direct it inward." Pointing at a big machine moving past us, "this technology in the outer world is ready to crush you. But when you are inside nothing threatens you. The technology that is here blocks your strength. It is very hard to run. But when you are inside your strength is infinite." "This technology is a very good teacher. It teaches you very quickly."

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      • Day17

        04:49

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        Stutisheel, and all the other runners are going to have endure an extraordinary amount of distraction for the next 2 days. Construction on the school, with its unique hazards of scaffolding and trucks, was a feature of this years race from the beginning. This morning the other shoe dropped. Large equipment rolled up the street just after dawn and work men starting tearing up the asphalt. There will be not even one quiet, dust, or odor free place on the course for the next 2 days. For a veteran like Stutisheel I am curious if it bothers him, all the commotion. "It is still shocking, no matter how many times you have did it before. Of course you can say it extends your limits of everything. Of accepting, of transcending, of patience, of everything." "From the outer point of view it is what it is. I feel though that we (the runners) have enough power to dive deep within, and not be distracted so much. This is the case when you are really in the heart. When you are in your own inner world. Than it is not a distraction."

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        • Day 16

          05:26

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          "I am making a very special thing. It is a juice made of carrots and apples. It is full of vitamins and it is very good for runners." Klara says this with such enthusiasm and warmth that I almost think for a moment that I have stepped out of the every day world and entered a new and sweet wonderful new reality. Like Nirjharini herself, who has crewed the kitchen at the 3100 mile race for 13 years this little kitchen in Queens is like nothing most of us have ever seen before. It is not the stoves, and sinks, and refrigerators that separates it from the from the mundane every day kitchen. What makes me feel that I have entered some bright portion of heaven is instead the warmth and love and patience, that also seems to be part and parcel of every single aspect of the race.

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          • Day 14

            04:50

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            "Every day out here is a miracle for me. I am just going to keep going as far as I can. Hopefully it is enough to finish. If it is not than every day has been great."

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            • Day 13

              02:35

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              "Running is special because all parts of our being must cooperate together when we like to go forward." "There are many, many, many parts inside of us, If they are not working together.....how can we run?" "It is not a race it is an inner journey. Everybody has a journey."

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              • Day 12

                05:28

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                "I am good. A little bit slower this morning. I just go without ever pace I am able to do. The main thing is to just go forward." Nirbhasa says this with the same cheerful lightness and enthusiasm that has categorized everything he has said and done for more than 11 days. In that period he has run further in time and longer in distance, than this 35 year old jack of all trades from Ireland has ever done before in his life. He, like all the runners in the 3100 mile race though still have a very very long way yet to go.

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                • Day 11

                  04:46

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                  When Kaneenika started running this morning at the 3100 mile race she was taking her first steps into uncharted territory for her. Many times she has run the 10 day race in Flushing Meadow but for her today is the start of day 11. A new milestone in an exemplary and distinguished career of this 45 year old runner from Bratislava Slovakia. When I approached her to speak this morning I asked if I could run a lap with her. She laughed, “I have run many laps.” As of this morning she had run around the block 1088 times in the previous 10 days.

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                  • Day 9

                    07:16

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                    "I am having a good time this year, but I still remember the 10 day race." Atmavir has had a long and remarkable history running the 3100 mile race. Starting in 2007 he ran 7 straight years. His best performance was in 2009 when he ran 45 days and 3 hours. Last year he decided to take a break. In order to prepare for this year's race, he ran the 10 day race in the Spring. I ask him if he seems to be getting stronger each day. He says he feels that each day he is going more deeply within himself. "We are getting more strength from within." In the beginning he believes the first few days are more mental. For him though, "From day 2 I felt as though my soul was running."

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                    • Day 7

                      06:02

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                      "I feel very good and I am very happy." Yuri is running the 3100 mile race for the 3rd time. He also has a world class smile. One, that when it spreads across his face can make even a cloudy day seem brighter. He has a lot to be happy with right now. He ran 69 miles yesterday and has a 6 day total of 431 miles. Like all those running here for the past 6 days his face has not always worn a bright warm smile or his steps always been light upon the road. It is the hardest possible thing to run 3100 miles. But Yuri's smile, one that just might be world class is certainly a big part of his strengths. One that may not guarantee a faster time than last year, that got him a second place finish, but most certainly help him through the dark hard patches that lie in wait of each and every runner here.

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