My biggest inspiration for this is Milind Sir. Barefoot running completely changed me. Did you know there are over 75,000 nerve endings on your sole. When you walk or run barefoot, all these nerve endings are activated, which over time, build a better posture and better running capacity in you. Early age humans hunted barefoot. This made them more aware of how their bodies worked. I realized; I ran faster barefoot than with shoes on.
Would you say running has changed your perception about travel?
Absolutely. When I was in college, we were a bunch of people who'd simply bike around the city or use public transport. But now, I make a conscious effort to explore cities on foot. I have realized, my sense of observation is much higher when I am on foot or on a bicycle. When you're walking across cities, you tend to stop at smaller villages in between for refreshment breaks. This leads to networking with locals, indigenous people, and you only learn how welcoming people all over the world are. There have been times when locals have invited me for conversations over chai and I have learnt so much about their culture, their lifestyle, their hardships. It only reaffirms my faith in humanity and teaches me to be more grateful for the life I lead.
Travel now, is all about Seeing more, feeling more, experiencing more, expressing more with a higher conscious and connected state of mind.
I think the world is learning so much from you. Is there something you'd like for your followers to know? Any message you wish to give them?
Nothing out of the blue, honestly. I just want to tell everyone to live an active life. It will only better your lifestyle, in terms of physical health, mental health and gut health.
Just be mindful, with yourself and your surroundings. The world has so much to offer. See it one foot at a time.
That message is here to stay Sarthak. Any future plans that we should know of?
I haven't planned anything precise for now. But do watch out some crazier adventures, longer runs and my ultimate goal - to cover the whole country on foot, out on the road.