Some fun and amazing things I saw at the 3100...
Monsoon rain! 5 times in a day! Everyone drenched in seconds.
The boy runners carry umbrellas - always.
Suprabha never carries an unbrella. Rain jacket and a cap only.
Easier on the arm and balance.
Namitaba and Andreas ride a bike to the race at 5:45am and home when
they are finished running - everyday!! On the way home one night,
from the car, we watched Namitaba "crank" up the 84th Drive hill
after finishing 60+ miles of running that day! HOW does he do that!!
Sometimes race walking is faster than running...
If you go out to "run along" with a 3100 mile runner and he/she is
running, YOU MUST run too! Even if they are running slow, never walk
along next to them!
Eat the food that gives you joy 3100 runners- it burns off so fast in
the 3100 Mile Race, does it have time to do alot of harm for all the
joy it provides? Avocados and ice cream have my votes!
One day a 3100 runner might be feeling slower than the slowest but lo
and behold, the next day they are cruising round and round the course
10 minute cat-naps are a recovery secret of these 3100 runners...
I'm quite sure the 3100 Runners need to eat more! Or maybe I need to
eat less? I'm pretty sure I still eat more than they do! Can it be
It seems like the biggest issue is trouble eating enough food to
maintain energy. Nearly every lap, the 3100 runner takes a bite of
something and a drink - maybe it adds up after all the hours. But
still it can't be enough. Or can they EVER eat enough? As a helper or
support person, it is the biggest hurdle to present and convince our
3100 runner to eat. I think Suprabha often took a big bite of
something just to see US smile!!
There are already people being asked and committing to running the
3100 Mile Race in 2004. Can you imagine yourself doing something like
this? After reading Matt's story of willingness to come and try with
little time to spare from Australia, it shows just how grace can
work. Maybe even a small inspiration this year will grow to a
committment and goal for next year!
See everyone soon!