Taking in the world around me at Hyde Park.
I am not a runner. But on this particular morning in Paddington, London, I had the sudden urge to go on a run. So I got up early, ate some breakfast, and forced my friend to come exploring with me. After a quick look at the map, we saw that Hyde Park was only a few minutes away. So we strapped on our laces and headed for the park, eager to see what a typical day in London was like, as we had arrived only the day before. After looking at the map at the front gate, we decided to circle the entire park and began running at an average speed.
Even though our run turned into a walk, I didn’t mind. I ended up doing what I wanted to after all. My goal in London wasn’t to run through a park with my headphones on, or hurry through the streets trying to reach a destination on the map. I came to London to see the people. To learn about a city, apart from a textbook or the internet. To experience walking around in a park, taking in the world around me.
So I’m glad that I didn’t finish the run that day. Because maybe a run-walk isn’t so bad after all.
Article written by Nikki Somani.