When I was a kid, I watched the funny movie “The Gods Must be Crazy 2.” It centered around this African bushman who was searching for the end of the earth so he can fulfill his mission. He “found” it when he eventually reached the end of a plateau which he thought was the end since he could no longer go any further. During my run today, I too was able to reach the “end of my earth.”
Roxas Boulevard in the City of Manila has been my running playground ever since I started running almost 2 years ago. My runs would however only reach until EDSA, which served as my turnaround point. It was a nice 5 kilometer distance so a loop would give me my 10km run fix.
During my run this afternoon, I was feeling a bit adventurous so I decided to go beyond EDSA, to see what was after it. I was kind of enjoying myself as I explored this new route. However, less than two kilometers later, the route abruptly ended. At the Uniwide mall, Roxas Boulevard transformed into a highway… and there was a big sign explicitly stating that pedestrians were no longer allowed beyond that point. Though a part of me wanted to run in the highway, I knew that it wouldn’t have been safe. Cars would be zooming fast, and there were no sidewalks along the road… I may be loony, but I’m definitely not that crazy! So I turned around and proceeded back home. Like that bushman, I had also seemingly reached the end of the world.