Running Around Town

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The Spring Girls on the Run 5K was so much fun that it only made sense to run the fall 5K as well. And it didn’t disappoint.

I never get tired of the view of our downtown. Almost all of the races I’ve run have had the arch as the backdrop. So, so lucky. Today’s race was a big celebration of girl power, complete with spray painted hair, fluffy tutus…

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…silly, colorful tights…

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…and fabulous spectators!

Crush it, baby!

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I learned today that the Blues have a mascot, Louie. And he’s really cute. Who knew.

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After the race, my wonderful running buddy and I went just a bit farther into downtown to the riverfront to check out the graffiti on the flood wall.

All I can say is….wow.

So. Much. Talent.

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The wall and its accompanying graffiti went on and on and on. No surface was safe. Poles, buildings, trash bags, train cars…everything was painted down there.

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lion

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“When life gives you lemons, throw those things away and make sweet tea.”

Cracked me up.

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Last stop on the way back to the county was a visit to the roots of my employer’s founding Sisters. It’s sad to see it in such a state of disrepair. But I get the strangest feeling when I’m there. It’s the same feeling I get when I’m close to the riverfront: an overwhelmingly haunting, heavy feeling. Though the area is mostly deserted, the air is crowded and thick with history. It sounds weird and it’s hard to explain. But you can feel the past.

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I love this town.

Anyway, it was a great day and I’m grateful.

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