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For the Year of the Fun Run in September, I ran in honor of the 16th state, Tennessee.  I found myself with two tickets to see Kinky Boots at the DPAC and asked Lesa if she would like to join me.  We ate at Nana Steak before the show.  The entire evening was fantastic.  Another evening, Gloria had an impromptu gathering at her place to play Cards Against Humanity.  It was a riot.

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Marathon training really helps pile on the miles and I was able to check off the 1300 and 1400 mile marks for the year.  Tracy injured her knee which ended her marathon training for the fall, but she was happy to join us on some training runs on her bike and she is back in the game now after an effective recovery.

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With back school, end of summer, and the extreme heat of August, week night runs were few and far between, but there were still a number of events on the calendar.  At the beginning of the month, Bull City Running Company hosted a screening of Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story, it was fascinating to hear the story behind the man whose name graces the trail around the Washington Duke Inn that we have been on countless times.

For the “Year of the Fun Run” in August, Susie and I met at the Buehler trail to do hill repeats in honor of the Summer Olympic Games.

The Reading RunBuds had a million and one conflicts and it ended up that only Julia and I showed up at Foster’s to discuss The Light Between Oceans.  Nevertheless we had an engaging conversation about the book.

Finally, towards the end of the month, a group of the RunBuds went out to the Volunteer Event for Shamieka Rhinehart’s campaign for District Court Judge.  At the event, we had the opportunity to sign up for committees to help with the campaign.

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Training for a marathon seems like an awesome idea until the summer hits.  You definitely feel happy when you are done with a long run in the summer.  Oh my.  Anyways, on top of all the summer long runs, we also celebrated the lovely Leslie Grinage, who moved to Davidson to be a Dean!  I got a bunch of running in while I was at the beach and in Los Angeles and on one of my runs in L.A. I hit 1200 miles for the year.  My favorite run in L.A. was definitely the 10 miler I did that took me from the hotel all the way to the Chinese Theatre and back again.  I missed dinner that night, but not Korean Karaoke.

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Page Forty Two 2016

Cross-training in June and July included a week at Recharge Barre, Fit First Fridays, Crossfit at Bull City Crossfit, Crossfit Hollywood, and Aces Better Bodies, and a challenge via Instagram by Studio East 54.  It kept me hopping.  One upside to being unemployed in the summertime is having plenty of time to exercise.runiversary-2016-042

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On July 16, before leaving the beach, Anne and I ran in the Historic Beaufort Road Race.  I did the 10k and Anne did the 5k.  It was crazy hot and humid.  We ran into Stephanie before the race, so cool!  I loved the shirt because it says “37 years and still running” and I’m turning 37 next year so it felt like a personal message to me.  Later when we got back to Durham, I brought the family over to the store for the Heat of the Night Run.  Instead of running, we went for a family walk on the trail for about 25 minutes and enjoyed catching up with the runners as they came in and of course, the Loco Pops.

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The theme for the Year of the Fun run for July was Chess!  The game of chess starts with sixteen pieces for each side and there are sixteen pawns.  I thought this one would be fun because they have a huge chess board with Durham themed pieces at the Tobacco District downtown.  So we met there and went for a run on the American Tobacco Trail.

The second session of book club met at the West End Wine Bar to discuss The Nightingale.  The French setting of the book made wine and cheese sound appropriate.

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