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Cupid’s Crush 5 mile race 2024

We completed the BRRC’s 5 miler around the Maryland Zoo on Sunday. It was v. cold and I am a little sore, but it was a beautiful day and fun.

This slipped away from me, but my phone just reminded me that I hit 1700 days alcohol free on Saturday. I’m very happy and grateful about that.

Finally, it’s worth noting that we ate at Paper Moon Diner twice this weekend, entirely by accident. The decor is such a marvel.

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NCR Half Marathon

We completed the NCR half marathon, which makes my third 12+ mile race this fall. It felt very, very cold this morning. On the turnaround for the return part of the race, we overtook 27 other runners, which I will admit felt kinda neat.

My watch conked out after the first mile, and I had to restart the workout, so anyone familiar with this route might notice that the first leg of the race is missing.

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Baltimore Half Marathon

I don’t have any other photos from this, because I didn’t carry my phone, and the race photographers are charging to download the photos they took.

It was a cool, rainy day. I’m surprised that our time was only 6 minutes longer than the 12 mile race we did last month.

Not only are we finishing our races, and not coming in last, but we are improving.

Map of Baltimore Half Marathon
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Charles Street 12

It was a very good weekend! We completed the Under Armour Charles Street 12 mile race again. This makes the 3rd time for me.

Beverly and Jim crossing the finish line holding hands.

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve adjusted our approach to speed walking/running. The walking can be harder to sustain. As we push ourselves, it almost feels easier to run. And, we did run a mile or two.

Our time was only 2 minutes slower than last year, when we ran the whole thing. That amazes me!


We had a lovely dinner at Cafe Campli. It was our first visit there.

Cheese Board
Blurry pic of me
seafood delight
eggplant pasta

And then had a pre-game football lunch at Stuggy’s on Sunday.

I ate a hotdog named after Frank Zappa, and it was delicious.

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Sole of the City 10k

I mentioned in my last running post a few weeks back that we switched to walking from running for these races. Our time was only 3 minutes slower than last years!

Walking actually means speed walking, just a shade less than a full run. I’m finding it easier to do, and my endurance is better. It was a small change, but what a difference!

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St. Patty’s Day Shamrock 5k

Happy Sunday, dear visitor. It’s a chilly, damp, gloomy Sunday in March.

I’m approaching the halfway point of this insane semester. It’s going well – I’m enjoying everyone very much, and the work, too. I haven’t been producing stuff to look at here, but I have been working hard. Revisiting the 12 principles of animation, walk cycles, rotoscoping, and using the Animator’s Survival Kit on the daily, not to mention exploring newish CSS and HTML5 goodies – it’s all good stuff.

I was informed this morning that I’ve been accepted into my third master’s degree program, this time with the University of Maryland Graduate School – Master of Library and Information Systems. I’m very grateful for all these opportunities.

Today, we had our annual St. Patty’s day 5k. We tried something different this time – we walked it. But we walked fast, and I feel the same as through we’d run it. We decided to try walking the races in 2023, and I really like it. I’ve also been swimming laps and doing Kung Fu along with walking, which helps balance everything else that’s happening.