Interview: how meditation brought me to ultramarathon running

Last modified December 18, 2017

Jayasalini Abramovskikh became a student of Sri Chinmoy in 2006; in her first year as Sri Chinmoy’s student, she discovered that she had an aptitude for long-distance running and that is was something that gave her a lot of joy.

In that first year, she heard about the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, and was immediately inspired to apply; instead she was invited to the Sri Chinmoy Ten Day Race in 2007. She ran that race every year for the next six years, invariably finishing in the top three, before starting the 3100 Mile Race for the first time in 2014.

Jayasalini completed the race on her first attempt in a time of 51 days, 12 hours and 31 minutes, the first Russian woman, and also youngest female runner to do so. At the time, she was only one of 5 women who had completed the race.

jayasalini at 3100 mile race
Track 1: Jayasalini talks about how, through meditation, she got into running and how she progressed from tentative steps to running ultramarathon distances.

Track 2: Jayasalini talks about how she trains for ultramarathons and how she manages to balance the long training hours with her busy job as an economist in Moscow.

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