Ignorance is bliss, they say. I don’t watch the news much these days and some things I realize I might be ignorant about but the peace and calm I get in my blissful state, sometimes outweighs the benefits of being knowledgeable about current affairs. It seems there’s always some news item to focus on that will take my attention away from the positive things I am trying to do in my own life and that’s not always a trade I am willing to make. But yesterday a news item caught my attention and I really wish I could go back to that blissful place before I first heard about it. Decomposed body of an adult male found in Central Park reservoir. This was very distressing news to hear because the graveled path around that reservoir, is one of my favorite running spots during the summer and as I have been getting back to outdoor running, that’s one of routes I’ve been looking forward to experiencing soon. Below are pictures from runs around said reservoir a couple summers ago.
This morning, the news got even more disturbing when another body was found in yet another pond in the park, this time closer to Central Park’s southern exit. At the time I’m writing this, police don’t know if the deaths are a result of suicide or murder or a person dying of natural causes and the body not being found until it surfaced in the body of water. Right now, it’s a mystery, but in the meantime, it is definitely unsettling and not the kind of thing I want to hear happening in my favorite park.
It’s possible that these two tragedies are unrelated and that none of the thousands of runners and walkers and bikers who exercise in Central Park were or will be personally affected by these deaths but this is the kind of thing that makes you think twice, that your friends and family overseas will hear about and call to tell you to be careful and maybe you should avoid the park and just go to the gym instead. That might not be such a bad idea because I’m a little shaken up but I have found that when I am bothered, or distressed for any reason, running outdoors helps so thankfully, I have other spaces to run in and I hope everyone else does too.
On Monday, I announced that I am doing a daily run-walk challenge with my virtual running buddy. Day 3 goals are to again increase distance and improve pace. Come back later for our updates and let me know in the comments if you’d like to join the challenge so I can add you to the daily tracker.
What’s new in your fitness world?