The reason I initially came to Florence in 1997 was to find my inspiration to write. At the time, I thought if I extracted myself from my ďnormalĒ life, gave up my day job, and moved to an enchanting city, I would certainly be inspired to write. Initially, it worked. The change of culture, language, lifestyle, and surroundings all inspired me. After living here for many years and still feeling the effect of my beloved city on me, I realize that my inspiration is more tied to something completely different: running.