“Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible.”
Technically, the words weren't on the street. The words were on signs next to the streets we ran in the Verona Public Library 5K run/walk.
Over the 3.1 mile course, I'd guess there were 20 - 30 signs offering inspirational and reflective thoughts about running and the effort to achieve.
It's a good theme for a run for a library. While I enjoy running, it's not my first choice and I can appreciate some of the humorous signs held by family members or volunteers along the side of the road.
Some of the best ones I've seen:
- "Worst parade ever."
- "You aren't running slow. You are enjoying the course."
- "There is no app for this; keep running."
|It says Finish on the other side.|
Along Verona's streets and sidewalks there were quotes from noted authors and famous people who ran at some point. There were even quotes from Virgil, a Greek Poet. I bet you can find his books available in the stacks.
Madison has a lot of runs - fun and not so much - nearly every weekend. This weekend alone - people raced for a cure; ran because it is the National Day of Norway; and to help folks unable to run.
Just because this one is so new, it wasn't crowded but it is growing.
The weather was a challenge, cool, in the mid 40s. It didn't rain until after I got home, and for that I'm very thankful!
After a first mile questioning my reason for being out, I found a bit of a rhythm and finished in a respectable (for me) time of 27:18. Oh, and here's a great thing about getting older... eventually you might win your age group! When I checked, I was second in mine.
That's an incentive to have birthdays and keep running.