Just for my online mum, our own dear dragonfly_sg1, I've made a banner for my little 2012 race adventure.
What? My race, my fandoms.* Right? Of course that's right! :)
*Okay, so I know I play in Castle and Sanctuary and Dr. Horrible and most especially Being Human, too, but let's face it. They don't lend themselves to nice logos, and these five are my true loves. To steal from myself: Stargate, you are my heart. Star Trek, you are my blood. Star Wars, you are the bones of my flesh. X-Files, you are my viscera, as suits you...but Firefly, oh, Firefly, you are my soul.
But this isn't any old bandwagon. No, this is Warrior Dash, and I'm all in.
I think I have a goal time in mind, but I need to think on things a bit before I make that public, and I'm not registered just yet because I have some logistics to work out with work, but I'm doing this one, folks. Oh, yeah. This is my kind of race.
Oh, and yes, I will be raising money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital along the way. More on that later.
The new toy effect seems to be working in my favor. I ran about 12 miles last week and about 10 this week (would have been more but for some schedule complications), all conveniently logged with correlated heartrate data.
So I'm doing something different on my own, and I'm picking a different charity.
Why? Because it's Mother's Day here in the States and every single fun run and other event in the country is donating to breast cancer stuff this weekend, and because frankly that particular cause is very often supported in general. That's a great thing, but I've thought long and hard about which cause to support, and finally, I've decided to support Shriner's Hospital for Children. My reason for this is mostly personal, but there is another method to my madness, as well.
You see, today is taj_mahal07 's birthday, and I want to do something special for her. As far as I know, dear Taj hasn't needed anything like what Shriner's provides in her lifetime, but I have a sneaking suspicion she might smile if a child smiled because of her.
So I start the donations off with one of my own.
Happy birthday, Taj. This one's all in honor of you and the smiles you bring to my life.
If you'd like to join me in honoring a friend, relative, special event, or anything else over the next week, make a donation of whatever you can to whatever charity you'd like (I'd suggest Shriner's, Red Cross Aid for the Gulf Coast, which seems to have been forgotten even faster than most natural disaster areas, or Heifer International, but that's just me) and leave me a comment. I trust you. I'm not going to ask for receipts. *grin*
Originally, the idea of the Fandom 5K was that us participants would offer fan works (fanfiction made to order in my case) in exchange for donations or as prizes for the largest donation, etc. I've decided that I don't want to do that after all. I was all for it at first, as my muse needed a kick in the pants, but frankly I'm just not okay with putting her up for sale. She's too special for that and a finicky little wench to boot, so I'm not sure she'll cooperate (A) and (B) my life is insane right now to the point that I just can't promise anything. Also, I'm just not interested in pitting my friends against one another or making anyone feel pressured to donate anything.
So, forgive me, but I'm out for that part.
That said, you can rest assured that anyone who donates will find some little surprise upon their virtual (or perhaps literal) doorstep one day. I won't say when, and I won't say what, but I'm sure something will come along. My muse is awfully good at things like that. Feel free to leave me ideas. I don't mind that at all. Sometimes, they strike like rattlesnakes and burn like fire until I write stories for them. You never know. *evil grin* Thanks to anyone who plays along, and I'll see you after I cross the finish line tomorrow!
However, for at least 2 weeks the hamstring on my left leg has been feeling strained. No matter how much I stretch.
Today after I ran, I immediately felt extra tightness in my left calf. I warmed down longer and added stretches, but as the day progresses I can feel it constantly trying to really stiffen up every time I stop moving.
Should I do anything other than stretches to help it?
- Current Mood: satisfied
So, I'll be signing up for another race later in the summer.
The good news is that I continue to knock time off my mile. Woot!
Is anyone taking donations for their runs yet?
Still, I made it through the day at work without needing the cane. I still want to walk 5K, and I think I can get there within a month or so.
The race was fun, not as big as the KKC, but still nearly 1800 people. The best part, though, was the free beer at the end. I was coming off a mild runner's high from the last half mile, so that was even better.
I try to run three or four times a week. Since I want to be faster, I've borrowed some ideas from various training plans on the net. Once a week I run intervals at the track, and it seems to be helping. Today I ran two miles and was able to maintain a faster pace. The two mile time was 18:30, but that included a warm up -- the post warm-up mile was 8:51, which is I think a personal best.
On Saturday, I ran in the Krispy Kreme Challenge for the first time. This was my very first race event.
The K2C is an approximately 4.5 mile race in Raleigh. The catch is you're supposed to eat a dozen glazed donuts in the middle.
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ETA: They recovered my official finish time. I was 6 seconds earlier than I thought. 54:54. Top fifth!
- Current Mood: accomplished