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Love Your Frenemies: Thoughts Before Boston - Queer Girl Running Chapter 6

In two and a half days, the the most elite amateur road race in the country takes place in Boston. Several of my runbuds/training partners are headed there this year. Training for my first marathon alongside these badass athletes has been a privilege. This week, as they've been tapering and prepping for the race of their lives, I can't help but feel a swelling sense of pride and admiration for these humans who have shared so many miles, stories, fears, triumphs, pain, dark hours, soaked shoes, scraped knees, laughs, lattes and step after step with me.

2016 Favorites

We all know how much hate 2016 has gotten, with good reason. This year was a total shit show globally, but we can't just blame the year. Because 2016 did not come out of the blue; the forces that coalesced resulting in the US election, the war in Syria and the migration crisis, continued arguments (really? still?) about climate change, ongoing systemic racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobias, all the phobias, etc. were at play long before they came to a head this year. I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on any major global events (or local events for that matter) but it seems pretty clear that we've been hurtling toward global destruction and chaos for a good while and 2016 was just one more step on that journey.

However, I refuse to be defeatist all the time (most of the time, maybe, but not all the time), so here are some things that I personally loved about 2016. Some are serious and important, some are more frivolous. For your reading pleasure!