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A Poem About Returning To Familiar Running Routes

Credit: Andrew Kastor

When We Return

Nobody wonders
if the mountains will be there
when we return.

They’ll be there

waiting
seasonally decorated

wondering what new we
will bring with us

in the form of new friend,
or new haircut—

the mountains notice
and hear us when we say

they look grander than when we were last here
I wonder if they feel the same way

about us.

Alexi Pappas

Alexi Pappas

Alexi Pappas is an avid tweeter and her thoughts can be found @alexipappas. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College before running off to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene. Alexi then joined the Ducks as a University of Oregon fifth-year student, helping lead the team to two NCAA championships in 2012 and 2013. She currently runs professionally for the Nike Oregon Track Club Elite with her eyes on 2016. She is also proudly fueled by: EnduroPacks, Wild Friends Nut Butters, BeetBoost, Long's Meat Market, Newman's Fish Company, Great Harvest Bread (Eugene), Cafe Mam Coffee, Runa, and the OG Corner Market. Alexi is also a writer, filmmaker, and actress. She co-wrote the script for the award-winning feature film Tall as the Baobab Tree, and is currently in post-production on her second film, Tracktown. Alexi also writes a monthly column for TrackTown USA about her training and life as a professional runner. She is also sponsored by The Mammoth Lakes Crib.