So I had 5 miles on tap today. Being a little bored with running, I decided to try a different route, although I didn't have a route picked out (this is why I love running with a Garmin...you can just run). I decided to go to the zoo and run through Grant Park. As I was walking, I could hear the animals. It was nice out...52 degrees. I walked up to Georgia Avenue. I was going to run through the Zoo parking lot, but at the last minute, I wondered how far Turner Field was. So I turned the other way on Georgia and started my run.
I drive on Georgia quite often. So imagine my surprise as I was running that I saw a library that I never knew was there. I wondered if it was as crappy as the one that is near my house (you can't get books at mine). I wondered why it was there considering another one is less than 3 miles to the east and one is less than 2 miles away to the west. Maybe it was there first. I passed a track and a park. I passed a BBQ joint and got to Turner Field. I realized I could run through the parking lot and answer a question I wonder every day. How big is the Parking lot? So I ran through it (I got distracted and forgot to look). I ran on Fulton County Stadium (now a parking lot). I got to see Hank Aaron's 715 Marker, which I can see from the road, but I never have looked at up close. Another plus was I stayed running on asphalt, as there is no way to run on the Hank Aaron/Capitol Ave.
|View of the City as I entered the Braves Parking Lot|
|Turner Field from the other side of the parking lot|
|Where Hank Aaron's 715th Home Run landed|
|Muhammad Ali lit the Cauldron in the 1996 Olympics|
|This made me laugh (Nick's is the blue building in the background)|
|Nick's (Carry-out only)|
|Entrance to Oakland Cemetery|
|I love the golf balls|
(I don't run on the sidewalk because it is bad on my hip).
All in all, I had a really nice run. I got to see things up close that I always wondered about. I got to see things I never paid attention to. And I got a 5 mile run done. Time wasn't great, but today I didn't really care. I think the smile I have thinking about how much I enjoyed it is all that counts.