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Updated at 5:16 p.m. Thursday, October 30 in BOLD

With Election Day less than a week away – and formal campaign finance disclosure deadlines safely behind us – independent groups are unleashing tens of thousands of dollars to fund a mountain of last-minute mailers touting (or trashing) local candidates and ballot measures.

This is only my fifth October in Alameda, but I'm about ready to join the ranks of those who believe it's the best month of the year. Summer stretches deep into the month, outdoor activities are usually pleasant - and, oh yes, the Giants are playing for the World Series title. For the third time since my arrival!

Coincidence? Perhaps.

The Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

I hate to be a "Debbie Downer," but sometimes things don't go the way you want them to go. I'm talking about getting injured. No, I'm not writing about this topic because I'm injured, but it's useful to think about this when you're healthy so that you know what to do when it happens.

"When?" Not "if?" That sounds kind of pessimistic - shouldn't we always think positively?

Yes and no. The problem with exercise enthusiasts, and especially runners, is that we are sometimes a little too positive. We have a tendency to overlook the signs of an impending injury, believing that that persistent pain is just a sore muscle or something else innocuous.

As part of our mayoral candidate profile a few weeks ago, we wrote that the Alameda Education Association was backing incumbent Marie Gilmore for mayor. The day the piece ran, a teacher who is a member of the union corrected us, saying it never formally endorsed any city candidate.

Sunday morning, we ate pancakes. We ate them in the downstairs hall of the Elks Lodge along with several hundred neighbors in support of the unfortunate victims of the Park Street-area fires. Seated at a table tucking into a pancake stack, we had a good post for observing the people of Alameda and I must say, they're (we're) an impressive group.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 21 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Since last week's topic was interval training, I want to cover another type of faster running, the tempo run.

First of all, it's important to remember that incorporating faster running into a routine is not just for competitive runners. Doing different types of running (like changing speeds) will keep you from getting into a rut. If you do the same kind of running every time, it's likely you'll get bored with it, and your body will get bored with it, too.

Tempo runs are one of the easiest kinds of faster running to do, but many people don't really know how to do it.