this morning i ran the broad street run.
my friends in the 11 minute/mile corral kept me laughing with some good natured ribbing of the people ahead of us - "they've finished their warm up run to city hall and they're going to lap us!" and behind us - "as long as we keep the walkers behind us we'll be fine."
mayor nutter raised the roof to keep us entertained as we waited at the start, anxious to get started.
the lovely ladies in north philly shouted, "9 more miles!" and "you're almost there!"
the high schoolers wore tutus and handed out water.
ed rendell gave high fives in center city.
the bands played.
the runners raised money for all kinds of good causes and used their t-shirts to make a point, "philly against fracking" and to tell us in whose memory they were running.
we cheered each other on and challenged each other to run a little harder, a little faster.
i smiled the entire 10 miles.
and then, i ate some free water ice.
i do love you so, philly.