I’ve had a sore throat the past few days. It’s hard to hold myself back from running farther when my knee is just starting to feel better. I know I will just get more sick if I push myself too hard though. I ran a mile after work on Friday, a mile and a half around a small town in west central Illinois during my daughter’s scholastic bowl tournament yesterday and then another mile around my neighborhood today. Yesterday’s run really caused me to reflect on the poverty and disrepair of rural America. It makes me sad. I wish we weren’t a society that valued new and shiny so much. I wish we wanted to keep older homes and factories from falling apart. I feel like there are creative solutions for these issues but I haven’t been able to come up with any of those solutions yet. Rural America is aging and unwell and not many people seem interested in taking care of it in it’s old age. It makes me sad.