jaina: (bones - baby!!!!!)
Hello internet! Time for the write-up of this year's Princess Half Marathon weekend! Follow the cut for 60+ pictures, the running Avengers, and Indiana Jones being chased by a boulder with legs )

My fifth Princess Half Marathon weekend was a lot of fun! While I'm glad I did the inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge, I don't think I'll be doing it again. Racing two days in a row sucked, plus it took up a *lot* of time. We spent way less time in the parks than usual, which was a bummer. But we had a good time, met some great people, and laughed a lot, and that's always a great thing.

But I would like it if the weather gave us a break next year.
jaina: (bones - baby!!!!!)
Quick post to wrap up this weekend's race: my third San Diego Half Marathon. It was not my greatest race, but I definitely learned stuff!

And I took lots of pictures! Clicky to see, plus race report. )

So, big lesson from this race: DO NOT neglect pre-race nutrition and hydration. I was overconfident and too casual about my prep, and as a result, my body was completely wrecked for Sunday and Monday both. Despite that, I did mostly have fun, although I'm bummed that my foot really started hurting around mile 12 and is still pretty painful. :(

Race stats:
Chip time: 2:09:30
Pace: 9:53
Overall: 2669 out of 6031 (top 44%)
Age group: 217 out of 632 (top 34%)
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I don't know where the year's gone, but this coming Sunday is the Disney Princess Half Marathon! My friends and I are once again running in honor of our friend Mel (aka Fiver), who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. You may remember Mel from our Glee group at Dragon*Con this year, where she did a bang-up job as our Artie. (Last year she was the Lincoln Memorial in the Night at the Museum group. Her sense of humor is quite undimmed, as you can see.)

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My friends and I, aka Fiver's Flamingos, are again raising money for the ALS Association of Georgia. ALSAGA is a wonderful organization that provides incredible support for those affected by ALS, including Mel and her family. From their website: "The ALS Association Georgia Chapter aims to empower, care for, and support all those living with ALS in Georgia, while advocating for a cure." Last year, we raised over $2600 for ALSAGA!

Please, if you can, would you donate $1 for every mile we are running? That would be 13.1 miles for $13.10. And even if all you have is $1 total, every little bit helps. 100% of your donation goes to the ALS Association of Georgia. Not one penny goes towards administering this group or paying race fees, etc.

Here is the donation link. (The page says it's for the Walk to Defeat ALS. That's the correct page, and your money is going to the right place.)

Thank you so much!

You can find out more about Mel here: http://www.projectfiver.com/

You can read more about this year's Fiver's Flamingos team at [livejournal.com profile] fiversflamingos
jaina: (Default)
I don't know where the year's gone, but this coming Sunday is the Disney Princess Half Marathon! My friends and I are once again running in honor of our friend Mel (aka Fiver), who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. You may remember Mel from our Glee group at Dragon*Con this year, where she did a bang-up job as our Artie. (Last year she was the Lincoln Memorial in the Night at the Museum group. Her sense of humor is quite undimmed, as you can see.)

IMG_3222

My friends and I, aka Fiver's Flamingos, are again raising money for the ALS Association of Georgia. ALSAGA is a wonderful organization that provides incredible support for those affected by ALS, including Mel and her family. From their website: "The ALS Association Georgia Chapter aims to empower, care for, and support all those living with ALS in Georgia, while advocating for a cure." Last year, we raised over $2600 for ALSAGA!

Please, if you can, would you donate $1 for every mile we are running? That would be 13.1 miles for $13.10. And even if all you have is $1 total, every little bit helps. 100% of your donation goes to the ALS Association of Georgia. Not one penny goes towards administering this group or paying race fees, etc.

Here is the donation link. (The page says it's for the Walk to Defeat ALS. That's the correct page, and your money is going to the right place.)

Thank you so much!

You can find out more about Mel here: http://www.projectfiver.com/

You can read more about this year's Fiver's Flamingos team at [livejournal.com profile] fiversflamingos
jaina: (Default)
Winning at being a Grown Up: Today I got my car serviced (routine maintenance) and went to the doctor (sinus infection, bleah), both of which I'd been putting off for ages. Yay!

Failing at being a Grown Up: Trying to go into work on my day off and discovering when I got there that I didn't have my badge and keys. I still haven't found them. Boo. :(

I just finished making my 50th Pennyblossom. A couple weeks back, EW.com posted a Big Bang Theory gift guide, and they linked my Pennyblossoms! ("For: Someone who knows who Radiohead is.") That led to a very nice uptick in business, which has been pretty awesome. It would have been more awesome if my actual job hadn't suddenly gotten crazy busy at the same time, but whatever, I can sleep later.

Speaking of sleep, I have an 11-mile run at 6:45 am, so I should really go to bed. (I never thought I'd get to the point where 11 miles seemed blessedly short, but here I am. Last week was 19 miles. That one was tough, NGL.)
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Winning at being a Grown Up: Today I got my car serviced (routine maintenance) and went to the doctor (sinus infection, bleah), both of which I'd been putting off for ages. Yay!

Failing at being a Grown Up: Trying to go into work on my day off and discovering when I got there that I didn't have my badge and keys. I still haven't found them. Boo. :(

I just finished making my 50th Pennyblossom. A couple weeks back, EW.com posted a Big Bang Theory gift guide, and they linked my Pennyblossoms! ("For: Someone who knows who Radiohead is.") That led to a very nice uptick in business, which has been pretty awesome. It would have been more awesome if my actual job hadn't suddenly gotten crazy busy at the same time, but whatever, I can sleep later.

Speaking of sleep, I have an 11-mile run at 6:45 am, so I should really go to bed. (I never thought I'd get to the point where 11 miles seemed blessedly short, but here I am. Last week was 19 miles. That one was tough, NGL.)
jaina: (Default)
Today was my birthday, and a delightful birthday it was. To wit:

- Woke up to find a present sitting on my laptop: Glee Season 1, Part 2! (OMG IT HAS A VID TO TEACH PART OF "REHAB" AND YOU CAN SEE THE DRESSES SOOO WELL!!!) Do I have a good [livejournal.com profile] sirrogue or what?
- Fantastic 8 mile run this morning at a 10:10 pace
- Birthday presents of new running shoes and running hat at Roadrunner's grand re-opening sale, plus a bunch of free energy gel/cube/bite samples
- Registered for next year's San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, and hopefully convinced my Disney-loving salesgirl to run the Princess Half next year
- Treated myself to the cutest skirt ever from SkirtSports
- [livejournal.com profile] aviendiora and [livejournal.com profile] rhynndavrie came over with birthday Chick-Fil-A and we had nuggets and cupcakes for dinner
- I made lemon cupcakes and delivered them to the boys' Star Trek CCG tournament. It's a hobbity kind of birthday. Except for all the stuff I bought myself.

Also: [livejournal.com profile] rosiewook called me "Caitlin Jaina Robin Sparkles" on Facebook. I DEMAND THAT HENCEFORTH EVERYONE SHALL ADDRESS ME AS SUCH.

Also also:
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see more Lolcats and funny pictures
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Today was my birthday, and a delightful birthday it was. To wit:

- Woke up to find a present sitting on my laptop: Glee Season 1, Part 2! (OMG IT HAS A VID TO TEACH PART OF "REHAB" AND YOU CAN SEE THE DRESSES SOOO WELL!!!) Do I have a good [livejournal.com profile] sirrogue or what?
- Fantastic 8 mile run this morning at a 10:10 pace
- Birthday presents of new running shoes and running hat at Roadrunner's grand re-opening sale, plus a bunch of free energy gel/cube/bite samples
- Registered for next year's San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, and hopefully convinced my Disney-loving salesgirl to run the Princess Half next year
- Treated myself to the cutest skirt ever from SkirtSports
- [livejournal.com profile] aviendiora and [livejournal.com profile] rhynndavrie came over with birthday Chick-Fil-A and we had nuggets and cupcakes for dinner
- I made lemon cupcakes and delivered them to the boys' Star Trek CCG tournament. It's a hobbity kind of birthday. Except for all the stuff I bought myself.

Also: [livejournal.com profile] rosiewook called me "Caitlin Jaina Robin Sparkles" on Facebook. I DEMAND THAT HENCEFORTH EVERYONE SHALL ADDRESS ME AS SUCH.

Also also:
funny pictures of cats with captions
see more Lolcats and funny pictures
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It begins-- in a few hours I leave for Disney World, where I am going to run the Disney's Princess Half Marathon on Sunday! OMG! My tiara's all packed and I can't wait to get there and see my fellow Flamingos. It's going to be EPIC!

One last reminder, and then I promise I won't mention it again: we're running in honor of our friend Mel, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. We have teamed up with the ALS Association of Georgia to raise money to find both a cure and treatments for ALS.

Please, if you can, would you donate $1 for every mile we are running? That would be 13.1 miles for $13.10. And even if all you have is $1 total, every little bit helps. Just click on the button-- you don’t even need a paypal account to donate, just a credit card. 100% of your donation (minus the small fee PayPal takes) goes to the ALS Association of Georgia. Not one penny goes towards administering this group or paying race fees, etc.






Thank you so much, guys!

You can find out more about Mel here: http://www.projectfiver.com/

You can find out more about The ALS Association of Georgia here: http://www.alsaga.org/

Fiver's Flamingos also has an LJ community, a Twitter and a Facebook fan page!
[livejournal.com profile] fiversflamingos
https://twitter.com/FiversFlamingos
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fivers-Flamingos/254829158749
jaina: (Default)
It begins-- in a few hours I leave for Disney World, where I am going to run the Disney's Princess Half Marathon on Sunday! OMG! My tiara's all packed and I can't wait to get there and see my fellow Flamingos. It's going to be EPIC!

One last reminder, and then I promise I won't mention it again: we're running in honor of our friend Mel, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. We have teamed up with the ALS Association of Georgia to raise money to find both a cure and treatments for ALS.

Please, if you can, would you donate $1 for every mile we are running? That would be 13.1 miles for $13.10. And even if all you have is $1 total, every little bit helps. Just click on the button-- you don’t even need a paypal account to donate, just a credit card. 100% of your donation (minus the small fee PayPal takes) goes to the ALS Association of Georgia. Not one penny goes towards administering this group or paying race fees, etc.






Thank you so much, guys!

You can find out more about Mel here: http://www.projectfiver.com/

You can find out more about The ALS Association of Georgia here: http://www.alsaga.org/

Fiver's Flamingos also has an LJ community, a Twitter and a Facebook fan page!
[livejournal.com profile] fiversflamingos
https://twitter.com/FiversFlamingos
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fivers-Flamingos/254829158749
jaina: (tanith and ben 2006 nats)
It has been all-Olympics, pretty-much-all-the-time here for the last few days! I adore the Winter Olympics and I basically just put it on all day. I just wish we weren't on a tape-delay...blech.

- I loved the Opening Ceremonies. I cried a *lot.* My favorite part was definitely the fiddling/tap dancing section-- only two of my favorite things in the entire universe at the same time! The ballet-in-the-trees was great too. And the whales!!!

- Figure skating is off to a great start! I think the pairs podium turned out perfectly. I had a blast chatting live about it tonight with my CJ girls. (Thank you again for the streaming link, Liz!) Also, our local news is having John Baldwin talk about the pairs competitions which is hilaaaaariously awkward.

- How do the moguls athletes still have knees? I've skied down a fair few mogul runs in my life, and man, I'm just in awe of them. Great results in both of those competitions, too.

- I CANNOT WAIT for skicross. Snowboardcross is amazing already, and skicross better not disappoint!

- Watching the cross-country skiers makes me exhausted.

Other random stuff from the weekend:

- On Saturday I ran my fastest average yet (8:30/mile for 3 miles). This may or may not have had something to do with the Girl Scouts selling cookies that I passed as I ran. (I caught up to them after I finished and bought Tagalongs and Thin Mints, mmmmmm.)

- I was seized with the urge to make candy-- so on Saturday I made both chocolate chip cookie dough truffles and Oreo truffles, then popped over to the Star Trek card tournament and foisted them off on the boys. Verdict: very tasty, but I need serious work on my dipping skills. Maybe next time they won't be so ugly and I'll take pictures. I also made a few Thin Mint truffles using the Oreo method and they were yummmmmm.

- We've started doing some furniture rearrangement in the house. Yesterday we took down most of the posters from the bedroom, just leaving the ones we actually care about. It looks so different! Much more open.
jaina: (tanith and ben 2006 nats)
It has been all-Olympics, pretty-much-all-the-time here for the last few days! I adore the Winter Olympics and I basically just put it on all day. I just wish we weren't on a tape-delay...blech.

- I loved the Opening Ceremonies. I cried a *lot.* My favorite part was definitely the fiddling/tap dancing section-- only two of my favorite things in the entire universe at the same time! The ballet-in-the-trees was great too. And the whales!!!

- Figure skating is off to a great start! I think the pairs podium turned out perfectly. I had a blast chatting live about it tonight with my CJ girls. (Thank you again for the streaming link, Liz!) Also, our local news is having John Baldwin talk about the pairs competitions which is hilaaaaariously awkward.

- How do the moguls athletes still have knees? I've skied down a fair few mogul runs in my life, and man, I'm just in awe of them. Great results in both of those competitions, too.

- I CANNOT WAIT for skicross. Snowboardcross is amazing already, and skicross better not disappoint!

- Watching the cross-country skiers makes me exhausted.

Other random stuff from the weekend:

- On Saturday I ran my fastest average yet (8:30/mile for 3 miles). This may or may not have had something to do with the Girl Scouts selling cookies that I passed as I ran. (I caught up to them after I finished and bought Tagalongs and Thin Mints, mmmmmm.)

- I was seized with the urge to make candy-- so on Saturday I made both chocolate chip cookie dough truffles and Oreo truffles, then popped over to the Star Trek card tournament and foisted them off on the boys. Verdict: very tasty, but I need serious work on my dipping skills. Maybe next time they won't be so ugly and I'll take pictures. I also made a few Thin Mint truffles using the Oreo method and they were yummmmmm.

- We've started doing some furniture rearrangement in the house. Yesterday we took down most of the posters from the bedroom, just leaving the ones we actually care about. It looks so different! Much more open.
jaina: (running)
Hi everyone!

In exactly one month, I will be running the Disney's Princess Half Marathon! A group of us are running together as "Fiver's Flamingos" in honor of our friend Mel ([livejournal.com profile] hazelrah1), who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. The Flamingos got their start last year when a small group decided to run the DP Half together. This year, we have teamed up with The ALS Association of Georgia (http://www.alsaga.org/) to help raise money to find both a cure and treatments for ALS.

Please, if you don’t mind, would you donate $1 for every mile we are running? That would be 13.1 miles for $13.10. And even if all you have is $1 total, every little bit helps. Just click on the button-- you don’t even need a paypal account to donate, just a credit card. (Look on the left-hand side of the page where it says "Don't have a PayPal account?") 100% of your donation (minus the small fee PayPal takes) goes to the ALS Association of Georgia. Not one penny goes towards administering this group or paying race fees, etc.






Thank you so much, guys!

You can find out more about Mel here: http://www.projectfiver.com/

You can find out more about The ALS Association of Georgia here: http://www.alsaga.org/

Fiver's Flamingos also has an LJ community, a Twitter and a Facebook fan page!
[livejournal.com profile] fiversflamingos
https://twitter.com/FiversFlamingos
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fivers-Flamingos/254829158749
jaina: (running)
Hi everyone!

In exactly one month, I will be running the Disney's Princess Half Marathon! A group of us are running together as "Fiver's Flamingos" in honor of our friend Mel ([livejournal.com profile] hazelrah1), who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. The Flamingos got their start last year when a small group decided to run the DP Half together. This year, we have teamed up with The ALS Association of Georgia (http://www.alsaga.org/) to help raise money to find both a cure and treatments for ALS.

Please, if you don’t mind, would you donate $1 for every mile we are running? That would be 13.1 miles for $13.10. And even if all you have is $1 total, every little bit helps. Just click on the button-- you don’t even need a paypal account to donate, just a credit card. (Look on the left-hand side of the page where it says "Don't have a PayPal account?") 100% of your donation (minus the small fee PayPal takes) goes to the ALS Association of Georgia. Not one penny goes towards administering this group or paying race fees, etc.






Thank you so much, guys!

You can find out more about Mel here: http://www.projectfiver.com/

You can find out more about The ALS Association of Georgia here: http://www.alsaga.org/

Fiver's Flamingos also has an LJ community, a Twitter and a Facebook fan page!
[livejournal.com profile] fiversflamingos
https://twitter.com/FiversFlamingos
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fivers-Flamingos/254829158749

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