A Non-Shopping Black Friday

26 Nov

In the United States, the Friday after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday.”  For retailers, it means the day they change their annual balance sheet from a loss to a profit.  For shoppers, it means hitting stores early for deep-discounted items and huge crowds.

I skipped that entire affair.

After the race Thursday, I awoke Friday morning with a sore lower body and tired feet.

The boys and I ventured out to the Fowler Park Skate Park in the morning.  We enjoyed the morning outside – after an hour on the skate park taking a mile and a half walk (or in their case, bike ride) down the Greenway and back.  After some playground time, we went home for lunch.

After lunch, it was back out to Fowler Park – this time for some 5v5 pick up soccer.  There’s a regular group of pick up players I’ve found via Facebook and some prior connections. For two hours, we played 5v5 on the park’s turf field.

5v5 is a great format for Soccer.  In a lot of ways, it reminds me of playing basketball.  With a smaller field, you spend less time sprinting and running with the ball and you tend to make the ball work more.  When played without goalkeepers on small goals (we used 4′ PUGG Goals) – it means you either need to be a sharpshooter or get the ball right on top of the goal to score.  There’s really a need for close ball control and 1v1 defending as well.

A great way to spend a warm November day.

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