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  • 13 miles
  • 02:30 time
  • 11:13 pace
  • 1949 calories
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Neyyar Dam - Kattakada - Neyyar Dam (Ente Keralam RUN) 21.5 km 02:30 11:13 pace

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.

  • Viji S.
    Viji S.

    awesome description felt i was in kerala for a moment.....

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Shahul H.
    Shahul H.

    Nice long run and nice write up, can we expect less from '21' Bala

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Vasanthank

    Nice run.. any pic's?
    Check this blog
    like ur 21x21, he's doing 42x365. Best is, the pic's he clicks all along the run route :)

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Krishna K.
    Krishna K.

    nice run and nicer description of the place. happy running.

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Avnish

    Great run there bala! Looks like a great place! Very good narrative too!

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Vishwanathan J.
    Vishwanathan J.

    Great run Bala. Enjoy the Puttu, Nendrapazham breakfast.

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Bala

    @ Vasantan - DO NOT compare a smallest of mole with a mountain. What miller is doing is unthinkable. he has already run 39 marathons in 39 days and he is going to keep running througout the year.

    almost 7 years ago Like

  • Thomas Bobby P.
    Thomas Bobby P.

    Loved your story .. specially the "forestry moustache". Could not stop laughing :-). For runners like you and Vishy .. long distance runs are no more challenging. Good one.

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Sathyabalan

    Good run Bala! What's life in Kerala? Meenu (fish), choru (cooked rice) and charakku (arrack!) that's interesting! As Vishy said, taste puttu and nendrapazham also puttu with pappadam boss!

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Bala

    @ Satya - I am back so i can still eat puttu and nendrampalzam (after paying a premium for it) and run in TS stretch. I am going back on may 13th to bring my children back. Maybe i can do a run on May 13th as well.

    almost 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Niranjan S.
    Niranjan S.

    If it's Bala, it has to be a half! And great writeup as usual! strange about the elaneer - I'm sure you'd have got some toddy! :)

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Ramamurthy R.
    Ramamurthy R.

    Great description Bala! I liked the 'No Elaneer' part :)

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Manivannan S V.
    Manivannan S V. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Awesome, Bala!

    almost 7 years ago

  • Ram R.
    Ram R. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    No elaneer, yet you ran! It looks like the half-marathon bug has not been cured either by the Kerala environment or the angry stares of your wife!

    almost 7 years ago

  • Sachin P.
    Sachin P. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    great run

    almost 6 years ago

  • Dipanjan C.
    Dipanjan C. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    Beautiful description, Bala. Running in the city here, on the same crowded roads can turn so boring sometimes, you remind us why we all run. I'm sure anybody who does not run, will start running after reading this.

    almost 6 years ago