Today's BTC guest blog comes from Tanya Sylvan. Writing on her blog, All in Stride, Tanya recounts a recent early morning run with her friends in downtown Birmingham. Enjoy her post, "Birmingham -- I Run This Town."
"I have wanted to write this post for a long time now. Ever since I moved to Birmingham and ran downtown for the first time, I’ve had a certain affection for this tired and worn down, yet blossoming city. And it’s my favorite place to run.
Don’t get me wrong—it’s not that I don’t like running through the perfect neighborhoods of Homewood and Mountain Brook. They’re just so…boring. Houses, trees, car-dodging—they’re Anywhere, USA. Running downtown is an adventure, an opportunity to appreciate Birmingham and its grungy beauty. In a span of 13 miles you can get from one side of the city to the other, running past old and new, soaking in 360 degree views of the skyline and the surrounding hills.
Last Friday I ran my long run downtown with some runners in my group—we started at the end of Highland Park and ran the Mercedes Marathon route. I of course took pictures as we went, and we had some fun and beautiful photo ops..."