I got through 38 years of my career by surviving one day at a time. Very little of my career did I relish. Therefore, I always had outside things to help me. Like a daily inspirational email, or the anticipation of the next marathon race. One of the things that inspired me, helped me get out of bed, was the 3100 Mile Self Transcendence Race.
The race sounds ridiculous, but it would constitute my dream life. Jogging 61 miles a day (at least) over a 52 day period until you get to 3,100 miles. The course is a 0.5 mile city block in Queens, New York. The runners are on course about 18 hours a day. Sri Chinmoy Running provides all the aid needed to keep the runners going.
The spiritual side of the race is explained by Sri Chinmoy, now deceased. The self transcendence side of running attracted me once I heard about it because of this race. My dream retirement is to spend everyday running and self transcending. Oh wait…. that is exactly what I AM doing. I love it. 80 miles a week is about right.
Today is day 1 of 52 of Self Transcendence. Today is day 21 of 30 day process. News leaks this week were because of hurricane Ida, but no politics. I don’t know how bad the virus is or the economy or voting rights or global warming. I haven’t felt any news outlet urge me to give a shit about some unfortunate people on the other side of the globe. I feel much better. But fasting from news, abstaining from my outrage addiction, seems like it will have to transcend into a one day at a time practice. My addiction is not pulling on me as much as a few days ago. I feel better that for the next 52 days, I can update myself on the Self Transcendence Race instead of the news.
During this 30 day process, I’ve found myself interested in eating salad again. I’ve found that sugar is repulsive. I still love my coffee and green tea. I’ve started wearing yoga pants around the house. This way, I can get up and go lift weights for 15 minutes several times a day, because I already have on the right clothes. I’m not having to survive each day anymore. It is more like I thrive doing miles.
My entire life has been about the quest for the Divine Presence. Running is part of that.
“The self-transcendence aspect is particularly important in ultrarunning. In our experience as runners, there comes a point in a race when one’s physical prowess has reached its limit. To continue on, the runner must rely on his or her own inner determination, to tap into the infinite spiritual power that is within us all, which Sri Chinmoy calls the soul, the representative of the ultimate Divine Being.
For those runners who are Sri Chinmoy’s students, the 3100-Mile Race represents an affirmation of his teachings on self-transcendence, an opportunity to manifest the hidden potential of the soul in a practical and dynamic way.” (Sri Chinmoy)