September 20th, 2006

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Week 38: The one with two words

The rules are that your answer must be no more than two words, with no explanations allowed. You can approach this in one of two ways: Pick your two words very carefully, or write the first thing that pops into your head.
I hope this will help us learn a little bit about each other. Have fun!


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career

Caffcaff's Desktop Meme!

I am at home today in bed with a cold, so will be catching up with some journalling and stuff :-)

Anyway, just for Caffcaff, who may or may not have an internet connection again - here is my Desktop - it's the Bliss one. I like it's clean lines and judging from the lack of icons, you can tell I'm a bit of a minimalist :-)


My other desktop for ages was this satellite picture of the world. I love it, but it's a bit dark.
running

Running history

Inspired by the 10K on Saturday, I decided to pull together all my running history - from Spring 1999 until now! And yes, I know it's a bit anally retentive / compulsive to list all my trainers, but hey - it's my blog :-)

Races
Race for Life, Hampstead
Race for Life, Hyde Park
2000 Women's London Run
BUPA Great North Run
Kingston Half Marathon
London Marathon
Race for Life, Stockport
Greifenseelauf

Race for Life, Hampstead

Distance: 5K
When: ? May 1999
With: Alone
Time: ? 37 minutes
Notes: This was my first ever race and I was terrified! I had gone from no running to being able to run for about 20 minutes (3 laps of my local park). I remember being thrilled that I had run the whole course, even the uphill bit and I even managed a bit of a sprint at the end... It was a women's only race and the atmosphere was just brilliant - supportive and very female :-)

Race for Life, Hyde Park
Distance: 5K
When: ? Summer 2000
With: Sal
Time: ? 37 minutes - might have been quicker, closer to 35 minutes ?
Notes: Sal had just got back from South Africa and I had sent her a running article whilst she was out there, so she started training as well. Hyde Park was packed with women. Our claim to fame was that we ran in the same race as Paula Radcliffe, although she actually finished before we had crossed the start line - mr.ncot uses this to claim we didn't *actually* run in the same race as her....

2000 Women's London Run

Distance: 10K
When: September 2000
With: Sal
Time: 1hr 2min 17 sec
Position: 1171 (of 2154)
Notes: This was a great run from Bermondsey into the centre of London (across London bridge) finishing in Southwark park. By this point I was starting to train more and actually be brave enough to run outside in London (rather than on the treadmill in the gym or in the local park). Mr.ncot, Sal's parents and us had a picnic in the park afterwards :-)

BUPA Great North Run

Distance: Half Marathon
When: 22nd October 2000
With: Sal and Chris
Time: 02:29:54
Position: 25273 (of 36546)
Notes: A fun race that started on the motorway into Newcastle! We ran over the famous bridge then onto the coast at sunderland. Paula won the race whilst we were only a few kilometries in! The last miles were downhill and then along by the sea. I was so tired afterwards that I just lay on the ground and the colour of my face was indistinguishable from the silver blanket :-( We then had a very long, cramped train journey home from Newcastle to London

Kingston Half Marathon
Distance: Half Marathon
When: ? Feb / March 2001
With: Alone
Time: ? a bit quicker than the BUPA Run, maybe 02:20 ?
Notes: This was a tough run, particularly doing it alone :-( It was 2 laps which made it even harder and I remember walking a few sections. Mind you, Mr.ncot reckons I finished it in a much better condition than the Newcastle half marathon. This was just before the marathon in April 2001

London Marathon

Distance: Marathon
When: 22nd April 2001
With: Sal
Time: 06:11:03
Position: 28825 (of 30206)
Notes: This was one of my life's big achievements so far! A really tough race. We just got slower and slower and my knees gave out in the last couple of miles. It was such a fantastic experience though. We ran past the Cutty Shark (about mile 4?) and there were crowds and I just thought "I'm running the London Marathon". I got a guaranteed place and Sal was running for Oxfam - we had oxfam shirts with our names on and lots of people shouted for us! I remember a Beefeater shouting for me at the Tower of London (hellish part of the course, about 22 miles and a horrible cobbled section, very hard on the legs) and I was just too tired to even wave or look at him! We basically ran up until Mile 18 then started to walk and run, and gradually the walking sections got longer and longer. Our parents and friends met us at about 6 points round the course. And basically all the novelty runners (rhinos, trees, viking ships, wombles) had long since passed us!! I couldn't actually walk properly for the next weeks....

Race for Life, Stockport
Distance: 5K
When: Summer 2003
With: Kate
Time: slow, ?39 minutes
Notes: First race with my little sister. At this point I wasn't running at all. Kate had done some training and just wanted to get round without walking. I was so unfit, but we made it. When it came to the sprint finish, she just left me for dead :-)

Greifenseelauf

Distance: 10K
When: September 2006
With: Corinne
Time: 1:03:06
Position: 409 (of 647 women)
Notes: My first swiss race! It was a beautiful day and we were happy that we met our goals: To run all the way, to finish in under 65 minutes and to overtake at least one man! I was so impressed by the swiss organisation, especially the text message with our results, less than 30 minutes after crossing the line! I ended up sprinting the last 800m, which was rather longer than I expected....

Running Shoes
2001
The first trainers I bought from Run and Become were Brooks, can't remember the name, but here's a pic of me wearing them just before the marathon - strangely, Sal my running mate bought exactly the same pair!
1 Warmup

2003 - 2005
After the marathon I didn't run for a few years, starting slowly again in London and then Zürich (2003-2005).
These Nike Air (Bowerman Series) were again recommended by Run and Become. Not my best ever trainers, but okay... The problem was I bought them but didn't have my insoles with me, so the fit wasn't exactly perfect. But they got me back into running again. I've just bought 2 new pairs to replace them, so they will soon be going to trainer heaven...


2006 - August
Brooks Adrenalin GTS6 £80 from Run and Become


2006 - September
New Balance 857 US10 B £70 from Run and Become

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Week 37: The one with the catching up

Since so many of us, myself included, feel horribly behind on homework, this week's assignment is to: Complete an old homework assignment.

All old homework assignments can be found by using the links from the journaleers page. Pick one from this year or last year that you have never done, and do it!

Thanks everyone! Have fun going through the old assignments.


I like this sort of homework! I've been stressing for a while about all the homeworks I've missed. Which is stupid! This is something that should be fun - but my worrier, perfectionist brain just can't let those gaps go. So i've gone through and picked out 6 old homeworks that I want to catch up on. I've got the journal entries prepared and set them as private. And when I have time and inclination, I'll catch up with them. And from here on in, I will say to myself "Do I want to do this homework? Yes, then do it.." And if it doesn't appeal to me, then I will have no problems in saying "No, I am going to leave this one"

Anyway, here's the homework I've chosen to catch up on...


Week 32: The Super Powers One
Super journaleers
If you had superpowers, what would they be and how would you use them?


If I could be a superhero, then I would have to be "Worrier Woman". I would swoop down on unsuspecting worriers and blast their worries away. My magic touch would be almost imperceptible. Except that the worrier would suddently feel a whole lot lighter and easier with themselves. Initially they would have the nagging suspiscion that there was something that they had just been thinking about, but within a few minutes, it was as if that worrier had never existed - and indeed, they would have no idea that they had ever had such a worry. A side benefit would be the removal of frown lines on foreheads. My secondary super power would be to induce laughing and good humour at will. And by this I mean the sort of "head back, loud, belly aching, rib hurting, tear inducing" laugh that makes you feel glad to be alive.

My costume would consist of fashionable but practical combat trousers, trainers, fitted T-shirt and of course a tiara. I myself would have no worries, by hair would always behave, my eyebrows would never need re-shaping, I would have the perfect symmetrical smile and I would be an accomplished snowboarder, surfboarder and all round tri-athlete. My partner in crime fighting? "Six Pack Boy"... a bit of twenty something eye candy to make me and my customers happy :-) At the click of a finger he can create the perfect six pack for the discerning male or female punter. No hours in the gym, no sit-ups, just well toned core muscles. Available to anyone who plaintively cries "for the love of mercy I'd like a perfect six pack without the sweat and tears"