I went running around Margaret Island tonight.  I had a good pace for the first 4 kilometers, and I picked up my speed for the final 1.5 kilometers.  The last 1 km is really dark.  There are no lights and lots of big trees.  I could hardly see, so I decided to close my eyes while I was running.  My goal was to close my eyes until I got really nervous about running into a tree or something.  Don’t worry, there were no collisions.  Of course, I could only keep my eyes closed for 4-5 seconds.  But hey, that’s a long time when your running.  And somehow I stayed in the middle of the track.  It was so cool.  But don’t try this at home. 


  1. Dude. 20 steps is insane! That would be at least 10 seconds.

    Well, I’m thinking that we should add this event to the decathalon and thus create a hendecathalon (11 events). I’d like to see a bunch of guys sprinting down the track with their eyes closed.

  2. It’s funny you mention this because I was running near my dad’s in Kansas City today. I was on a greenway that was very dark with the overcast pre-sunrise sky. I kept wondering if I was going to smack into a tree branch, but I never had the guts to close my eyes. I will try that on my next greenway run, but only on one that I’m familiar with.

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