|Leaving Ratner Athletic Center|
Bart and I run often in Washington Park as it is roughly a half mile to the park from the Ratner Athletic center. On clear days you can see most of downtown which is 7 miles to the north. Today you could only see a few streets away. Once in the park, there is a crushed limestone loop which is about 1.33 miles. The surface is much nicer to our old dude bodies and joints.
|Washington Park path|
|More Washington Park path|
As a side note, notice how bright and shining Bart's hat is. He ran a 5 mile Turkey something race in Ohio, hence the race swag. Many of his wife's family members enter the race and the family member that finishes first takes home the family trophy. Last year it was Bart's college soccer player niece. This year Bart brought home the trophy. He was training hard (and his niece is injured). But he was prepared to take her down.
While racing is a solitary sport and running is often done alone, I do so enjoy running with others (or lifting, swimming, cycling). The runs go faster, I run faster, and even more importantly friendships are built. Friendships are built on time and sharing, which is easily done while running. As they grow, the friendships extends beyond the just running as we appreciate the richness our friends adds to our lives.