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Sole of the City 10k, tattoo convention, late night with the devil

What a fantastic day in Baltimore! First thing in the morning, we ran a 10K race through downtown. It was bright and cold. Then, we walked over to the convention center and explored the tattoo convention with my daughter. Lots to look at. It was fun.

This guy has been at most races I’ve done – he runs and juggles. Even during half marathons! I suspect he juggles in his sleep, too.
Us running to the finish line

Finally, we ended our 25 thousand step day with a movie: Late Night with the Devil. It is gloriously set as 1970’s late night TV, and I enjoyed the whole thing. The intro has a recap of late 60’s to early 70’s America, done with a solid 1970’s voice over. It sets the story up in a satisfying way. The filmmakers suggest that what we are going to watch is the original footage coupled with behind the scenes camera work from the Halloween 1977 show.

The premise is that an ailing late night variety show attempts a risky bit of programming on live TV. That was a big draw in the 1970’s.

I made a mental note in the beginning to watch the cuts between the live TV cameras and the backstage, commercial break footage. And I lost track when hell broke lose, which tells me they did a nice job.

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Under Armour Kelly Benefits St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K

The first race of the year. Wonderful. It was very windy.

We made great time,
we had a great time,
we came in far from last,
we truly had a blast.

Someone, stop me!

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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.