marvelous memphis: cooper-young virtual 4 miler.

a few weeks ago was the cooper-young virtual 4 miler. usually held as a neighborhood celebration the night before cooper-young fest in september, the run got pushed back and adjusted to be virtual in the wake of the pandemic.

scenes from a morning walk. memphis, tennessee. april 2020.

the neighborhood association encouraged people to do their run on saturday evening to most closely emulate the run experience, but because i prefer running in the morning i hit the pavement early in the day.

seen on a walk. memphis, tennessee. april 2020.

i ran the normal route with a few modifications, and it was great. i hadn’t run 4 miles without stopping in years, but with the nice weather and my spotify playlist it went without a hitch. i ran under the famous cooper-young train trestle. i got to run across the first rainbow crosswalk in the state of tennessee. i saw one of my favorite midtown murals. i waved at friends’ houses as i made my way past. i took my time and enjoyed my run and reflected on what a privilege it is to live in this neighborhood.

i love you, too, cooper-young. memphis, tennessee. october 2020.

it wasn’t the run it normally is, and i missed those jello shots and fireball shots and movies playing on lawns, but it was a beautiful morning and i felt pretty great at the end so i will be grateful for the experience.

here’s to the silver linings.


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