Monday, April 17, 2017

April 14, 2017 - For Pat and Jack!

Today's run was sponsored by Pat and Jack! Thanks so much for continuing to help fund the Ty Taylor Memorial Campship Endowment. We're getting so close to fully funding the endowment, I appreciate your help! Soon, YMCA Camp Miller will be able to send a deserving camper to camp for free every year in honor of an amazing man.

Everyone else can get their dedicated run by clicking here and allocating the donation to the Ty Taylor Memorial Campship.

This year I've been thinking a lot about what my dedicated run posts will look like. It's the end of an era for me here in Delhi. Our family is leaving after nine years and we're heading on to Ghana in July. I'm also hoping we can bring closure to the fundraising that started so long ago. With those things in mind, I'm hoping to not only capture my waning moments in this amazing city, but also honor those of you who have continued to support me through the years.


...Pat and Jack, you get my go-to route. It's the one I can always count on. Just like you. When I was lucky enough to have you become part of my life, I was immediately struck by how quickly you let me in and by how willing you both were to support me. I know that you'll always be ready to help, and for that, I'm eternally grateful. Thank you.

The go-to route is, of course, Nehru Park. We're lucky to have Nehru Park so close to campus. It's only a kilometer away, and it's a wonderful green respite in the craziness that can be India. In a lot of ways, Nehru is our Central Park, although it's only 1/10th of the size. On any given morning, there are people jogging, walking, doing yoga, playing cricket or otherwise enjoying some time for themselves.

For me, that's what a run in Nehru has been over the years. It's familiar. It's predictable. It's a time to go on autopilot and meditate on a morning run. Now that it's April, it's crowded at five o'clock, but in the winter, it's often dark and abandoned. It's a perfect time to unplug and recharge at the same time.

It's the painted reggae bridge, the Lenin statue, the fountain that was fixed for some reason last month and now flows with renewed energy and commitment. It's the contests from 2014 to be the fastest lap around. It's food festivals, three ancient temples and hidden idols.

It's Arlo zipping around on his bike, Amos and Kate and I following behind. It's comfortable. It's my backyard. It's home.


Distance - 6.16 miles
Time - 54:26
Temperature at 5:42am - 79°F

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