Space for Looking and Listening

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I’ve had a few outstanding neighborhood runs this last week. The first was an 8-mile run across town, from my house to the Thorne Head parking lot and back. It was the first time I’ve experienced an easy 8 miles—or experienced 8 miles as an easy run. I ran around 9 ½ minute miles and they felt comfortable. I was tempted to scoot up the remaining half mile to the water (Goose Cove, I believe), but decided not to push it, having heard many times that it’s not a good idea to add miles to a running routine too quickly. The next day, I ran in the other direction, a hilly 6-mile out-and-back run. So much for the easy 8–this was a molasses run, and I felt every minute of it! Half way through, when I had almost reached the turnaround point, I noticed something in my peripheral vision. I looked over at Campbell Pond and saw a mature eagle—maybe the biggest I’ve ever seen—balancing on a razor thin sheet of ice. Open water perforated the pond, but he balanced, perfectly still, peering into an ice hole. While I watched, the eagle took off for his perch in a skeletal tree bordering the pond.

I love how running slows me down, how it opens up space for undistracted looking and listening.


About lucindasrunningblog

Lucinda is an artist and teacher whose work focused on landscape and place. Bliss currently serves as Dean of Graduate Studies at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
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