hope you’re alive and kicking! 😉
Two days ago I had an awesome run, one of my best actually! I went out before sunset and returned well past it. I was listening to my “Marathon Tape” a collection that kicks ass and grooves the shit out of you, even if you just want to stop and lie down. I was so enthralled, running through the empty starlit night, right next to the water’s edge, just loving it – feeling high!
When all of the sudden I was chased and surrounded by 3 hideous hounds, I responded instinctively, screaming, yelling, arms flailing and the like, didn’t make any impression upon them at all. I kept backing up into the water, they just adjusted their position and had me pinned down in a real bad spot. Regretting not carrying anything that could serve as a weapon I remembered my blissful state and started calming down, uttering soothing noises, to both myself and them. Lo and behold, two of them vanished back into the darkness from whence they came but one had decided to get some loving and became friends. I eventually walked for a while and then continued running and switched the music back on.
The result was I felt even more liberated. Previously when that happened, trust me as a runner in these parts of the world it is an on-going issue, I fretted, downright hated it, my flow interrupted, dropping out of ‘the zone’. I started dancing while running, doing crazy steps, left and right, half circles, running backwards turning. The few passing people couldn’t probably see my big smile and probably took me for some tripping lunatic, this is Goa after all, but I couldn’t care less. Upon returning to my residence, I hesitated, didn’t want, couldn’t stop so I did a loop on main street, continuing my dance run, smile wider than ever, I was actually flying, infused with energy, people were encouraging me, spurning me on.
Finally I did return, getting clean up and having dinner, all the while feeling blissfully elated despite my tired body. We all know that it’s a long, long way to go and a rough road to travel but if we take it as a challenge and an adventure rather than a dreaded, tiresome burden we can not only have fun with it but actually be happy!