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January 7th, 2018

Why you must always, always go out for that walk or that run

Even though I have a separate running blog – http://runninginindia.rocks – I am sharing this running-based story here.

Because it could just as easily have happened on a walk.  Truly.

Given the cold, foggy, polluted weather we are currently experiencing here in Delhi, I have stopped running early in the morning, which is my wont, and switched to later in the day.  Whether the fact that the sun has broken through the fog actually does dissipate pollution, I’m not entirely sure, but at least it’s warmer and therefore feels better.

Of course what later-in-the-day running means is that the day can sometimes overtake events, and suddenly it’s 3.30 and you’re still at your desk.

Then it’s a case of “Oh, now it’ll soon be dark so perhaps I won’t go after all and will run extra tomorrow…”

Which is what I found myself saying 2 days ago.

But I dragged myself away from the computer and went out for a late-afternoon run in my local biodiversity park.

Hardly warmed up, and was only about 200 metres up the main track and there was a nilgai, as large as life, standing right next to the fence.

So close I could’ve touched him.

He was chomping away and other than glancing at me a couple of times, ignored me.

Too, too special, to be right next to a wild animal, in a busy city.

Isn’t he a beauty?

So, the moral of the story?  Go for that walk.  Go for that run.

You never know what wonderful things you might see.

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