Adjusting…

Subbing for ESSC badminton is proving fun and competitive at the same time, because I banter with everyone and am still adjusting to the higher string tension on my racquet (I broke the original string a week before subbing). Meanwhile I spent most of Saturday at Sylvan Lake with Phil on his canoe looking for fish (Running Man happened without me). Phil caught one, someone gave us a few, and hopefully we’ll be back for ice fishing. And I just had my last official Friday “off” (work schedule adjusted as per company policy)…

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Fitting…

The fall intramural hockey schedule put most of our games on Monday nights (just as my badminton concludes), making it no longer economical for me. Unfazed, I signed up as a substitute for all the ESSC badminton fall leagues. After missing my first chance to sub, I did better on my next few tries and will play three weeks on one team this month – two of those weeks with Tina. (She only let me sub one night a week moving forward.) The question is how “recreational” the ESSC badminton leagues will be. (I’ll find out tonight…)

Dipping…

Summer ended abruptly over the long weekend for us. We were in Calgary and the rains provided some much-needed relief from the smoke and forest fires (although it also kept us away from Banff and inside shopping centres). That was quickly followed by another drop in the thermometer leading to frost warnings and wet snow. It put a halt to any last-minute summer plans we had, and Running Man is already down to the winter runners now (it’s only September). Badminton’s started, but I’m non-committal towards hockey…

Edmonton Marathon…

The smoke from B.C. relented just enough to allow for an almost ideal race day. Tina and I were lining up for our 10K when we ran into Hikari who had just finished her very first 21.1K (after flip-flopping about whether or not to sign up for and run the race). Lang was on hand to cheer us on and we saw him just past the start line. I ran slowly (sometimes too fast for Tina) and blabbered the whole way, but we kept pace and finished our third race together in just under eighty minutes. (Her Orange Theory training really paid off…)

Anticipating…

The Edmonton Marathon is approaching and the tapering is about to begin. Aside from Tina and me in the 10K, Hikari registered for her first 21.1K. I also found out that several coworkers and acquaintances have signed up for various distances. So even without a lot of Running Man people participating, we’re expecting a number of familiar faces in two Sundays’ time. I’ve been ready for 10K all summer, but Tina’s been training harder at Orange Theory than on pavement working on her distance. It’s a toss-up how she’ll do…