One of the most exciting things to start a morning when you are travelling is by going for a good run in the vicinity of around 6-10 km from where you are staying. The excitement of exploring the country side on foot and that too while running is just immeasurable. I had the opportunity to visit Goa in the first week of March this year on pleasure. The last time I had gone to Goa was in decemeber 2012 and that was to participate in a marathon. It was a half marathon. The days after the marathon when I was in Goa were spent in Sight seeing and running was completely stopped as I was taking time to recover from the run.
But this time it was different. One of the most exciting things I was planning to do in Goa this time was to run on the beach. Though staying in Mumbai, I have never run on the beach as the nearest beach is around 15 km. So every night before going to bed I used to set an alarm for 6:30 am for the following morning. I also used to ensure that I did not get sloshed the previous night. So on my first day I woke up at around 7 went to do about my morning rituals and reached beach at around 7:00. Now let me also tell you that I stayed at Colmar beach resort which was right on the beach so accessing the beach was never a problem.I went to the beach and did my pre run exercises and started to run. I did not have GPS on me so I was running time based. I decided to start running on the beach parallel to the shore and run for 20 mins and turn and come back so effectively running 40 mins or around 6.5 km. I was slightly apprehensive about running on the beach as I did not knew how my feet would take it up. I started to run and within 2 mins I was feeling very nice. The wind was blowing on my face. The sun was shining on my left side. I was running south. The sweat was almost absent.
I was constantly looking at the various shacks which bordered the shore. There were foreigners getting ready to spend the day on the beach. The shack boys had just woken up and were cleaning the shack. The para sailing team and the adventure sport team was getting their equipment’s ready. They had put a board giving details of the charges. A part of their marketing team were soliciting beach goers for rides and there was this crazy Indian running on the beach.
I reached the next beach after 20 mins. The beach was Benaulim beach. It was a beach which me and my wife fell in love when we went there last December. This time the beach was more crowded. I turned at the beach and started my return lef. All my apprehensions on running on the beach were gone. The pain was not there. Neither in the knee nor in the sheen. I guess the wet hard sand was giving a good cushion to my feet.
During the run I decided to do a social experiment. I decided to greet foreigners as well as Indians with warm good morning and see how many would respond me back. I had never done anything like that on my runs back home. I saw a couple walking towards me and I felt a little shy to greet them. I let them go but I felt angry on me to have felt shy. I then saw a guy running towards me and I greeted him. He responded back. I felt good. After that I greeted each person irrespective of their gender or nationality and who were within a radius of 10-15 meters from me with a good morning. This went on for good 30 mins. The result of this social experiment was as expected. In terms of percentage close to 90% percent of foreigners responded back to my greeting and close to 10% of Indians responded back to me. Overall the result was really disappointing. Indians in general are not very good in Social etiquette and this social experiment proved it.
I finished my run and did post run stretches. I was feeling hungry by this time. I went back to my hotel room, took a shower and had a good heavy breakfast of Dosa and Idli. I finished my breakfast with a strong cup of tea and it set tone for my day in Goa. t