The short cut7

During our race in Fukuyama, I was running along the one-mile course. I saw Padmasini running about forty metres ahead of me. She was alone.

There was a big stone marking the turn-around point, but she did not go up to the stone. Before reaching it, she just turned around and went back. I thought, “How clever Padmasini is! There is such a big mark at the turn-around point, but she pretends not to see it.”

I thought that since nobody was there, she was taking a short cut. But I did not have the heart to say anything. Afterwards, I found out that she had already finished the race and was just doing some more walking and running.

RB 913. 1 January 1986