Today, in Flushing Meadows, 38 runners began a 10 day Self Transcendence race (Sri Chinmoy). There will also be a 6 day. And later this summer there is the 3,100 Mile Self Transcendence Race.
It is for the sake of these races that I became interested in ultra-marathons. I wanted to do miles and miles for hours and days. I have no interest in the challenge of a trail. I have interest in the meditation which occurs when you are just doing miles and time; nothing else.
It is an opportunity to draw into your soul; and then come out into an environment where other runners have done the same thing. You might chat a bit as someone passes you; but then you return to your cocoon and ponder your walking.
I can't go as far as I wish. But I still do the practice every day. Some days I can hardly walk, but as I slowly let things limber up, I become fine.
Care to follow the 10 day race? Uptal has a neat blog: