Running on empty, saving livres turnois

March 11, 2016

By Nik Beimler /

Ciao, Dover!

If you are reading this on Saturday morning, there is a good chance that I am somewhere on the streets of Dover, feeling as though I am in the cold clutches of death. That is because I was convinced to participate in the first event of Dover’s Race Series, the Run Before You Crawl 5K put on by Dover Main Street.

A couple years ago, 3.1 miles would be no problem, but my recent neglect of exercise and any kind of health awareness leaves me leaps and bounds away from race shape. However, I’m really looking forward to it. The folks at Dover Main Street have spent a long time preparing for this, and a bunch of local restaurants are offering some delicious food following the race.

It’s not too late to sign up, even if you want to just do the pub crawl/food tasting after. Day-of registration takes place near the Transportation Center.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful, which makes for not only a great event, but a great weekend.

Speaking of weather, I consider myself a man of all seasons, but there is no better time of year than the first day you can roll the windows down and turn the car radio up.

This year, Wednesday was that day. In light of that annual milestone, I’d like to share with you a portion of my playlist for car rides on warm summer (or summer-like) nights. If you didn’t already, you will know by the end of this column that I am a bit of an old soul when it comes to music. Here’s my top three:

“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel – Almost any Billy Joel song is great for this time of year, but this holds a special place for me. “Riding around with the car top down and the radio on.”

“Running on Empty” by Jackson Browne – This guy really does have a song for any mood (mostly introspective moods, but still) and this one is fun to sing along with even though it does have some potentially sad lyrics. “Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels.”

“Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen – No playlist of mine is complete without some Bruce. “What else can we do now, except roll down the windows and let the wind blow back your hair?”

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