Oops, just reposted the Paris post from last night. Aw well.
Today I started my run with a spring in my step- literally! A while ago I virtually met a fellow runner, Ken Stannard, who had run across the USA with 2 friends back in 2008. I’ve been talking with Ken throughout the trip, sharing experiences etc. He had mentioned that when I ran through Paris, I had to stop at the Tumbling and Trampoline Institute. I had completely forgotten about it until this morning when I ran right by it! I slowed down and decided to go check it out.
45 minutes later I came out of the building, feeling like a 9 year old. This place was so cool. It is sorta like a huge warehouse space that is full of gymnastics stuff. Trampolines, those springy floors, and the best most amazingly wonderful thing I’ve ever seen- a swimming-pool-sized pit, with a trampoline for a floor, and filled with hundreds of foam cubes, 6 feet deep. And a trampoline to the side that you use to jump into this pit. It was fantastic. Like a kid’s dream come true, and since my inner ten-year old is really stronger than my adult self, I was in heaven. Seriously. So cool. I have to send a huge thank you to all the lovely ladies at Texas Tumbling for letting me play around on all their equipment. Now if only they’ll set me up with a job after my run?…. ; )
Another cool thing, I met with the Paris paper yesterday but it is an afternoon paper so it didn’t come out until 2 pm today, when I was already on the road. But I kept running by houses in the next town over with mailboxes for the newspaper, and I started seeing that the papers had arrived and were just sitting inside those mailboxes. Well finally I couldn’t resist any longer and so I stopped and quickly snatched someone’s paper for a quick peek. The story was on the front page again, woohoo! And it had my favorite headline yet: “Living her dream” Why, yes, I guess I am living my dream! : )
And in case anyone is wondering, yes I put the newspaper back and quickly sprinted away before anyone took notice.
Now I am debating between an Italian restaurant in town, or staying in and watching the Richmond basketball game. I have to admit I never saw ONE bball game while I was a student there, but this is quite a memorable event. But, Italian food….food in general…..hmmm. Either way I have to thank the Courthouse Inn B+B for hosting me tonight- this mansion of a house is absolutely beautiful. How lucky I am to get to stay at all these wonderful places!
And from the pictures you can see I ran through Paris, Reno, Detroit, and Little Chicago today…urban sprawl?