Tag: knoxville

Mar 29 2019

Going Home Without A Medal

Sunday is the Knoxville Marathon. My plan was to run it, collect the finisher medal that has become part of the marathon ritual, eat whatever I wanted for dinner on Sunday night, and head home Monday morning.

Amy and I are heading home today. While some aspects of our week in Knoxville have been good, I came down with a nasty cold early in the week. I hoped it would only last a day or so, but each day has been worse than the previous day so we decided to bail yesterday.

Knoxville is a neat town. We stayed downtown and mostly wandered between the hotel and the area at Market and Gay. I was heads down all week working, writing with Ian, procrastinating from writing with Ian, and sleeping, so we didn’t explore much, other than a day trip to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility.

The deep nerd in me enjoyed seeing the fastest computer in the world. MDF was 3D printer experimentation heaven. Everyone in Knoxville was super friendly and accommodating. There’s a burgeoning foodie scene here and even though my taste buds stopped working on Tuesday, Amy and Ian said the food was delicious.

My favorite moment of the trip was when someone asked me if I was running the Covenant or the Barkley.

In the category of “try again next year”, I may be back in Knoxville in 2020.

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