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I’ve ran marathons for about 4 years now. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio. The city offers very hilly courses and spectacular views with its many bridges and elevation changes.
The golden age is before us, not behind us ~ Sallust
My favorite run is at dawn across the 4 pedestrian bridges that cross the Ohio River.
Sunset runs come in at a close second.
Then there are the seasons
I had for my winter evening walk— No one at all with whom to talk ~ Robert Frost
The solitude of a winter run through fallen snow is as close to zen as I’ve ever come.
And seeing neighborhoods blanketed below is hard to describe.
Or the burst of fall colors on a residential street.
The blaze of summer sun that lights up the greens and puts landscape in sharp relief.
Even the grey, wet days of early spring have their beauty and place.
“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
― Steven Wright
Running in the city you come across things you’d otherwise miss . . .
Like the tin man in the city’s west side.
Or this fantastic sign outside of a sign museum . .
Or that deer go where they want . . .
Or the fact that people can close bridges for wedding receptions . . .
Mostly though, the beauty of running in Cincinnati is that it is a runner’s city. There is always a race and always someone to share the roads and sidewalks with.