|Map view of run from Mobor Beach to Benaulim Bach.|
It seems ironic that my first blog post in Goa is on my fitness blog instead of my photography blog. I had promised myself that I would focus mostly on photography during my vacation and give my running legs a rest but I guess even if you take the running legs away from the treadmill, you cannot take the running from the legs of a dedicated runner.
My plan was basically run on the beach as far as I could and then figure out how to return back home. I was hoping that I could run as far as the Colva beach (I estimated this to be about 12 kilometers from where I live, which is the Mobor beach). The last time I tried running here was back in May, when I has come down for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. At that time, I could do only about 8 km. But since my running has improved a lot since then, I thought 12 km should be achievable.
I started at 7:30 am. The weather was crisp and beautiful. And even though the sun had come up, it was playing hide-and-seek with the clouds. Ideal combination for a long run.
|The beautiful Mobor Beach.|
I wish I could have taken more pictures of the passing scenery. The beach is dotted with beach shacks and people strolling around for an early morning walk. There was even a Rampon (a method of fishing by casting a big net on the beach and pulling it from the 2 sides) in progress, which is always an excellent photo-op but I decided to focus on my running and continued on. At one point, I suddenly encountered a small river flowing into the sea and blocking my progress. I decided that water was not going to stop my run so I just waded through the knee deep water. The shoes were soaked and I have a feeling that I may have damaged my Nike+ sensor.
The water-soaked shoes slowed down my running and it was getting uncomfortable. I finally reached what seemed like Colva beach, so I ended my run and was feeling rather pleased with myself for completing the distance in 1 hour.
|Ramponkars contemplating putting their net.|
It is only after I went up on the beach that I realized that this was not Colva beach. I had actually stopped at Benaulim beach, which is about 3 kilometers before Colva. I was too tired to restart the running so I decided to return home by bus.
|A fruit stand near Benaulim beach.|
I caught a local bus to return home.
The bus was packed so I had to squeeze myself next to an elderly lady who kept looking at me in a very displeasing manner as if to question my judgement of coming in a bus with shorts. But I was already feeling elated with the fruit sellers compliment so I decided to ignore the stinky eyes from the lady. I finally reached home from one of the most interesting runs.
UPDATE: that was 2 days back. Since I do not like incomplete challenges, I strapped on my shoes this morning and went all the way to Colva beach.
|Map view of run from Mobor to Colva.|