Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Six Hundred Forty-Four

May 28, 2017
8.05 Miles in 1:13:33
Mood: Locked in
Soundtrack: The ambient sounds of Wash Park (I forgot my earbuds)

This moderately well manicured lawn in the middle of one of the nicer parks in Denver is prime real estate, and it apparently exists to serve a croquet club that meets once a week and a Lawn Bowling Club that also meets once a week. I thought croquet was the exclusive territory of Alice in Wonderland at this point, and even as a relative hard core sports fan...I haven't the foggiest notion what lawn bowling is. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm surprised that such a sizable chunk of valuable land is still reserved for such antiquated pastimes. But hey, maybe these clubs do a booming business on Monday and Tuesday night...who is to say? I don't see myself heading up there on a Monday or Tuesday night to check out what kind of turnout they get.

I realized as I was getting out of my car that I had left my earbuds at home, and I was immediately regretful. Pretty much the only times I ever run without either a podcast or some music is when I'm running with someone else, and that happens fairly rarely. I thought that it might hurt my ability to concentrate, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. Without music or a podcast in my ears, I was locked in to my run and perhaps I just felt good on this Sunday morning, but I was able to keep moving without feeling too tired out or needing to rest all that much. I still prefer to have something to listen to, but I was surprised just how well I thrived without any audio stimulation.

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