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I think I might actually be bat shit crazy. [livejournal.com profile] paracaerouvoar wanted to be reminded of what it would feel like to finish the Big Bangs. I responded with "Also, you will feel elated when you finish your BB. The endorphins will be pumping, and you will completely forget how much pain and suffering you went through to get there. Then you'll eat ice cream. It will be glorious!"

Now, I'm sitting here thinking... wait, that's actually how I felt after I finished the half marathon this morning o.O Well, that, plus a lot of pain and a large quantity of wine.

I finished the Disney Princess half Marathon in 2 hours, 56 minutes, and 48 seconds. My goal was to finish under 3 hours, so I'm ecstatic. I also came in 7991 out of nearly 17,000 registrants. *Does a happy dance*

Unfortunately, I'm already thinking of the next race I should do. (The Nike Women's Marathon in San Fransisco awards Tiffany's necklaces at the end of the race, and they're handed out by Firemen in Tuxedos. It's also in the Fall, so there would be no winter training in crazy snow). One of our team members also coaches for Triathlons, which would be super cool, and I'm considering doing a full marathon in the distant future.

So, like my writing, I'm apparently addicted to things that are far too long for any sane person to consider.

Because I'm bat shit crazy.

Thoughts?

I'll post the photos and an story about all of my training on Tuesday, as well as the progress from the big bangs.

I feel kind of high right now. :)
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I've been refraining from posting lately because RL kind of sucks, but I figured this was worth mentioning:



My BalconyPeople tobogganing down the hill.  You can't see the steps I need to walk up to get to work.The balcony across from me.

It was sunny with flurries Sunday morning, but when I got out from church at noon you could hardly see in front of you on account of the heavy snowfall.

The university (by which I am employed), struggled valiantly to remain open on Monday, but cancelled classes at 11:30 am. The rest of the university closed down and set everyone home at 1 pm.

I woke up this morning to find the university remained closed today, and won't open tomorrow. That last part is due to the fact that London city transit had to shut the busses down at 3pm (effectively signalling the closure of the entire city), because the busses were getting stuck in snow drifts.

Apparently we're in a state of near emergency:

The stats:

On Monday: 31 inches/80 cm
On Tuesday: 6 inches/ 15 cm (so far)
Three Day Accumulation so far: Over a meter to date. I've been hearing 120 cm (47 inches)


On the plus side, this five day weekend we're getting has given me a lot of time to bake.

Banana bread, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies and morning glory muffins.

I've also been listening to Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas albums. One song, "What is Christmas?" defines it as an excuse to tolerate snow ;)

ETA: I don't think I've ever heard so many ambulance sirens in all my time living across from the hospital. Why do people drive in bad weather?

On a side note, if you want to sponsor my half marathoning, go to my fundraising page. I've been snowed out of running for the past three days, but as soon as the university opens again I'll be back on the treadmill and track, and as soon as the roads are plowed I'll be back on them too.

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I haven't been posting much about RL, because I don't really have anything worth chatting about.

Now, however, I have this:

Train Endure Achieve Matter





On February 27, 2011 I’ll be running the Disney Princess Half Marathon. That’s 13.1 miles.

I’m not a runner.

Before I decided to do this, I couldn’t run 2 kilometres, let alone more than 21. The whole idea seemed a little daunting. I’ve always been more about team sports and common goals.

That’s why I’m not running by myself.

I’m training for the run as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Virtual Team in Training. Together, across Canada, we’re raising money to battle leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Through your donations the LLSC is able to fund valuable research, community services and education for the public and health care professionals.

As a research scientist, I know how important your donations are in terms of producing results that can help us better understand the causes and treatments of all forms of blood cancer.

I’m completing this event in honour of all the individuals battling blood cancers, and the families and friends who are fighting with them. Every donation brings us one step closer to the ultimate finish line – a cure.

Please support my participation with Team in Training so together we can help make blood cancers a thing of the past.

If you'd like to sponsor me, visit my website: Rachel Mixer - Team in Training.

Sincerely,

Rachel Mixer



Because it's a non-profit organization Canadians will automatically get a tax receipt. They'll also provide tax receipts for larger donations in American funds through the sister chapter in the States. Let me know if you need that, since there's a bit of paperwork involved.

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The header is inspired by an idea I've got gestating at the moment. I'll probably post more about it when I've had the chance to think coherently. Basically, it boils down to the fact that our education system is failing our youth, I have a very scientific mind, and I'm ridiculously lucky to have the opportunity to work where I do (The Robarts Research Institute).

Insert blurb about why any of this came up to begin with )

I kind of want to see Bob McDonald do a TED talk.

In other news, I've signed up to run the half marathon in Orlando in February, and I'm committed to raising $4,500 CAN for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. I'll post my fundraising website shortly (my high school physics teacher donated 100$, because he's awesome), but I really need some help come up with fundraising ideas.

So far, I plan on selling the rubber bracelets (like the yellow livestrong ones, only purple and for Team in Training and blood cancer research), and I'm thinking of doing a few bake sales/waffle breakfasts.

Any other ideas?

Finally a meme )

Really...

Oct. 6th, 2010 09:53 pm
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So, I was able to jog two miles yesterday. I'm not a runner, so I'm pretty impressed with myself.

I'm starting to run because I want to do a half marathon in Orlando in February with Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Fundraising season starts November 1st, and I'd have to raise 4,500$ by February to do it...

What do you guys think?

Also, I've realized that I make faces when I write. It's particularly pronounced when I'm writing anything about Castiel, because I feel like half his communication is through body language. I find myself titling my head and staring at walls to try and figure out what expression best fits the emotions I want him to convey. I was doing it in the laundry room a couple of weeks ago, but thankfully there was no one there to see me.

I've started doing with with other characters now, though. I caught myself rubbing the back of my neck while considering how someone would respond to an overshare...

I know comic artist Lars DeSouza (of Looking for Group and Least I Could Do fame) does it when working on illustrations, but I don't feel like I'm awesome enough to make it look as cool.

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