I headed out to the Gateway Arch park and hooked up to the riverfront trail. Here's how to describe the view. Gateway Arch = cool. Anything north of the Arch = a dump. Well, they call it "industrial", I call it a dump. Not only that, but I didn't even see much of the river. I saw a helluva lot of the flood wall, but not much Mississippi River. So, a dump off to the left, a wall to the right. In the rain. With no iPod. Perfect. The only motivating part about the run was running over the Mississippi into Illinois. A multi-state run! After I ran around the "Welcome to Illinois" sign, I headed back. I didn't think being in East St. Louis was a great idea. Curiously, my splits got better at this point. All in all, it was a very wet run and my kids were in awe of me. It probably didn't hurt that I consistently told them how far I ran.
Student: Raz, I'm really tired.
Me: Really? Why's that? Did you run 13 miles in the rain into another state? Huh? Go to another session, punk.
Other St. Louis odds and ends:
- Had some high school drama right off the bat when we got to our hotel. It kind of set the tone for the rest of the weekend. Does it really matter who you room with? Tears were shed, phone calls were made to mommy and daddy. Welcome to St. Louis!!
- My kids did well. We placed in the Top 10 for the first time for Best Broadcast Program and 4 of them won individual awards. I was proud of 'em!
- There is nothing to do in downtown St. Louis. There's the arch, but by the time we got done with the conference the arch was closed. It's a nice town, but not really a hotbed of activity. This coming from a guy living in Nebraska.
- Went to a great Irish pub for some music and a Guinness. *note - the kids were at the convention's dance. It was a younger crowd, so their taste in libations was limited at best. There needs to be a law: If you're at an Irish pub, you do not order a Bud Light or shots of Goldschlager.
That's all for now. I'm glad to be back, though. I have a lot of catching up to do in the blogosphere.