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- 13 miles
- 02:30 time
- 11:13 pace
- 1949 calories
I have always my running kit packed separately for any outstation trip. there were of course glares from the other half considering the fact that the children were going to be away from us for 3 weeks. The greenery, the varying elevation (both killer and moderate uphills) made me ultra eager to go for a half. When i was about to get "ashed" by the looks, i decided to not run on Saturday. Luckily the Ashram had organised a "silent walk" on sunday morning at 6:00 am. The other half went for the walk and i ran in the opposite direction towards Kattakada a town which is 10 kms from the ashram.
The entire stertch had rubber planations, banana groves, jack fruits trees, mango plantations and as it's with kerala it was just green, green, green everywhere. To add the joy to the run was the canal at the side ways of the road with full fledged running (clean) water. All along the early morning tea shop customers, the tea shop owner, the village market, the freshly cultivated produce from the farms, the "mundu" ladies, the "shirtless" male populace with their bulging eyes and "forestry" moustache all reminded me of the Adoor Gopalakrishnan classics.
There was no need for an Mp3 player, since the churches, the mosques and the temples were competing for air waves. The church goers were clearly outnumbering the hindu worshippers. On my way back heard some live "chenda melam" which was damn good.
I asked one of the men as I i ran through, what's life for you in kerala. He said promptly "Meenu, Chooorru and Chaaaarakku".
No plastic waste all along the road, No "human excretions" at the side of the roads, everything was clean.
I started the run at 6:00 am to finish the run at 8:30 am. Unfortuantely NO ELANEER anywhere all along. That was a shocker. Had to settle down for some carbonated drink !
At the finish, the uphill to the Ashram was a killer and i tried my best to run through and succeeded only partially.