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21.2 km.

Yes, that's right; over the required 21.1 for a half marathon... about three weeks ahead of schedule. I'm half marathon race ready! This is a huge milestone for me in terms of my physical fitness.

Needless to say, I'm quite chuffed.  :D

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Feck it. I did 17.5 km anyway. How are you spending your New Year's Eve? :)
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Today was my long run day and I did MUCH better than last Monday. Whilst I still completed the 10 km I had set out to achieve that Monday, I didn't get much beyond that. This was disappointing, as I had hoped surpass my personal best for running distance, an achievement I described in this entry.

Today, however, I surpassed that distance by a kilometre, for a total of 13! Furthermore, the time for my last personal best distance, 12 km, was achieved at under 1 hour 43 minutes, shaving a whopping 17 minutes off my time for that distance!

More details and PICTURES! )

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I recently won one a free icon contest held by [livejournal.com profile] meeksp (also found at www.mikaspace.net). My habit of practicing a Kung Fu form or two at work when things are really slow (as well as my build) has earned me the nickname "Kung fu Panda" by some of my co-workers. (Hee!) Based on the prompt of an anthropomorphic panda version of myself in a Hung Gar (Southern style Kung Fu) pose, Mika created the TOTALLY EPIC ICON you see before you now!


THANK YOU, MIKA! You ROCK!!!

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... it is good to see that there are still average, everyday people who WILL take a stand against injustice:

 

 

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From Digital Journal:

San Francisco federal judge Vaughn Walker struck down Prop. 8, finding the California amendment that denied gays and lesbians the right to marry the partner of their choice unconstitutional. Walker noted in the ruling that Prop. 8 had no "rational basis" and perpetuated the notion that homosexual unions are inferior to heterosexual ones. He also stated that same-sex couples' desire to marry adheres to the United States' marriage history and traditions. 

More here...

This news makes me both pleased and hopeful. There is still a lot of work to be done (and my jubilance is tempered by a long evolved cynicism), but this is an important step to finally seeing equality amongst all gender orientations.

More on the ruling from the LA Times...
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I just went back through my posts tagged 'running' and not only did all that Kung Fu jump start me back into 10K race ready, but I just blew past my previous recorded personal bests for longest distance ran and longest continual running time by approximately 0.45 miles and 28 minutes, respectively. I just did the best run of my life!

Holy crap!  O.O
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... they have been fully and utterly dispelled. Tonight, despite being the heaviest I've been in about five years and not having done any serious run training for several months, I just completed a 2 hour run that covered over 7.4 miles, nonstop.

Yes, that's right boys and girls, for the first time in over three years,
I am once again, 10K Race-fracking-READY!!! 


AAAAWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Inspired by... )

PS: There were fireflies all along the marsh trail. Hee!
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It would be nice if the Arrogant Worms came back to revise their classic song to reference OUR 2010 OLYMPIC GOLD WINS FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. Yes, we have once again reaffirmed that we are, as a certain Molson ad puts it, 'the 1st nation of HOCKEY!' Yep, even I'm feeling the National Pride thing right now. I couldn't catch the men's game live, due to my current schedule, but from what I've seen of the game clips, it was one helluva match, a true Clash of the Titans that'll go down as one of the greatest in the history of Canadian sport.

Oh yeah, we also broke the record for most gold medals achieved in the Winter Olympics!

YAY, TEAM CANADA!!!

I feel...

Aug. 4th, 2009 11:19 pm
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...FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!

I just recently finished my first Aikido class in many years and it was GREAT!!! After several weeks of being on my ass because of my back, it was so great to hit the mats. I feel like a GOD!

 The instructor is fabulous, my classmates were very welcoming, and the dojo is air conditioned! (If you've ever had to do a martial arts class in a heavy Judo gi in the middle of the summer head, you'll KNOW just how bonus that is!)  Best of all, it seems that my old Aikido skills, as rusty as they may have been, came back pretty damn quickly, impressing Sensei to the point that, at one point, when some advanced holds and throws using a jo (short staff) were being demonstrated to the senior students, I was asked to join in. Furthermore, Sensei even invited me to meet a guest sensei that will be coming in for a seminar tomorrow, waiving the $25 fee that would have normally been asked. (I'll be paying it anyhow, though. If my classmates have to pay to attend that seminar, I will, too. That's just the way I am.)

 After class was finished, I felt physically incredible! It's like the 'me' that used to do 10k runs finally broke free of all the crap that's been going on in my life for so long.

 I am so PUMPED!!! 


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Last time we spoke (around Christmas) she reminded me that her daughter (my God-daughter!) was due around the twentieth of this month.  I was just calling in to check how she was feeling.

Turns out I started being a Godfather 8 days ago!

*SQUEEE!!!*

Both mom and child are healthy and happy.  :D
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It involves hopping on one leg and punching the air at waist level with both arms enthusiastically! *very silly grin*

Recently, I had learned that I had been passed over for the position of acting trainer. That was disappointing, but predicted. Still, it had me feeling a little under appreciated and questioning where I was going to go in this organization, especially given that the overtime opportunities I had been counting on to make some extra cash seem to have dried up recently.

About ten minutes ago, I just got a call from my team manager. As I was, according to him, among the most technically minded of his team, he just offered me a position to go into Blackberry technical support! It'll mean an immediate wage increase of 50 cents/hour, far more human hours than I'm working now, a chance to learn some really wild technical stuff and, oh yeah, the use of a BLACKBERRY!!!

SWWEEEETT!!!!

I start training on the 24th!!!

PS: I feel a bit more appreciated by my company, now.  :)

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I'm such a bad boy! *chuckle*

Today I did the Run for the Cure. I was quite pleased with my time for 5k (3.1 miles), which was 32 minutes 4 seconds. That put me at 10 min 31 secs per mile, a big improvement over the just under 12 minutes per mile I used to be at about this time last year.






The event was well attended. It was certainly a festive atmosphere with many guest speakers, a high energy warm up, and a rock band greeting runners as they finished their run. But beyond all this was the beauty of the path itself. I had been looking forward to this run, in part, because it would be a great opportunity to check out a park I hadn't yet been to. Fall had blessed the scene with a glorious dressing of reds, oranges and yellows. The path itself wound through beautiful woodlands and criss crossed a cheerful creek. The run was an absolute delight! I can't believe I've only just recently discovered this park, let alone explore its beauty!


You'll have to forgive the quality of the pics. Not only was I taking them on the run (literally), but, alas, the camera on my Nokia sucks rather harshly in that it has poor photo quality and it's way too damn easy to get one's finger in the way (hence the cropping).





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'Tis the day of the Autumnal Equinox, often celebrated amongst Pagan enthusiasts as Mabon, a harvest holiday during which many of the aforementioned Pagans choose to reflect upon and celebrate the fruit of their labours over the course of the year. (For more info, check out[profile] karibu 's post on the topic (found here: http://karibu.livejournal.com/290474.html). Unfortunately, I haven't been able to do much celebrating today, courtesy of work schedules and such, but I do intend to engage in some revelry tomorrow, if the opportunity presents itself.

I have, however, been able to engage in some reflection. Recently,
[personal profile] haikujaguar  performed another one of her well known One Card Draws. The card she drew for me, in response to my query "Is there anything the Universe wants me to know?", was, emphatically, The Plow (http://haikujaguar.livejournal.com/556998.html?thread=9118406#t9118406). Her simple message was to just get out there and work hard; I'll enjoy the results of my efforts later. Now, on the surface, that might seem out of sync with musings about celebrating the harvest at the end of all the work, but, in a way, it kind of IS a fruit.

Yes, I'll be working hard, but that's all I need to be doing. I've gone through quite a bit of change, including changing not only jobs, but even countries. The last few years of my life have presented me with a constant diet of turbulence and uncertainty. Frankly, to be told that all I have to do for now is just work hard at whatever it is I'm currently doing is actually a relief. No thinking. No worrying. Just work. As such, The Plow, to me,  is not only an image of 'good hard work', but a measure of solidity, too. I like solid. Solid works for me. So, yeah, after all my struggles over the last several years, The Plow is definately a fruit of labour.
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I'll still gotta sort out the financing before it's truly mine, but here's a sneak peak at the two bedroom apartment I've made a verbal agreement for:






http://haikujaguar.livejournal.com/548295.html?thread=8846023#t8846023 









Please forgive the quality of these shots; they were taken with my cell phone. The one on the left is my future kitchen. It opens directly into the living room area, shown on the right. The left hand image gives a much better image of just how much light floods into the room. If you look closely at the ceiling line of the living room, you'll see that the ceiling begins to slope up towards the wall, adding substantially to the airiness of the place. There are two reasonably sized bedrooms (will easily fit a double and some furniture) which open off the main living room. (And, yes, they flood with light, too.) The bathroom is more than serviceable and includes a one piece shower/bath enclosure that should be a LOT easier to maintain than most. 

And to think that I would have missed this flat if I hadn't happened to bike past the building with a singular 'apartments for rent' sign on it. Said sign had its home on a ruggedly handsome 1920's English style brickie. Solidly built, though modestly decorated, I at first, thought it must've been a converted factory building. It turns out that it was a school (can anyone else smell the irony?). The internal layout of the place screams it. *chuckle*

The neighbourhood itself, though it looks old, actually seems quite quiet and peaceful. The surrounding houses have a lot of character. And all this just minutes of walking from downtown! 

I fished!

Yes, it has one more room than I need and is a bit high for my initial budget, but I followed [info]haikujaguar
 's advice (found here: http://haikujaguar.livejournal.com/548295.html?thread=8846023#t8846023)  and picked a place that I could fall in love with (and readily did!).

Better shots to follow once I'm actually living in it!

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After a short round of phone tag with my soon-to-be supervisor, it has been confirmed; as of August 5th, I will be gainfully employed to the tune $12.50 per hour for 40 hours per week. I even get benefits straight off! Yay me!!!

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Yes, I finally got to a beach this summer! I don't recall the name of this one; it was one that my uncle led us to, but it was a reasonably pleasant beach, if a bit too warm for my taste. I even got to dunk myself in the ocean, though, sadly, I didn't stay in long as it's kinda hard to relax and float there when you realize that you have to be on the lookout for roaming jellyfish. Still, it was a pleasant and relaxing day.

In other news, I finally made it to the third (and final) temple in Zuma after many repeated attempts (made very frustrating by coming 'this close' multiple times). Yay me!

Sadly, tomorrow will be spent counting trucks. Ugh.

PS: I apologize for the crappy quality of the photo; it was shot with my phone. Shots taken with it also sometimes include my finger (which this one appears to have the tip of). I used the phone because I wanted to text the photo to a bunch of my friends in the UK, but alas, I just don't have stable enough coverage to transmit the photo. Silly phone network.

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This is the time it took me to complete my first 10k race.

I finished, I did so with non-stop running, and I did not come last - my three primary objectives were achieved. *grin*

And just to add to it all, I decided, as I was feeling pretty good, that I'd walk home from the event. I wound up covering about another 4 miles (I got a little lost). All told, I covered over 10 miles on foot, with over 6 of that at a run, and all before noon!

What did you do with your Sunday morning? *grin*
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The bid to escape my flatmates was successful! Yay! Though still tired and sore (my flippin' left knee is acting up after a bad spill) from the move this weekend, and still needing to unpack, I'm really enjoying living in a space of my own. It's the first time ever for me; how sad is that? (That's a rhetorical question!)

The house is actually in a bit of a remote area (hence the comparatively low rent), but it's less than twenty minutes away from work and still manages to be away from all my pupils.I'm am pleased.

Enjoy the pics!

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The 27th

Jan. 16th, 2007 05:39 pm
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It is now official, courtesy of last night's lease signing; that will be when I take possession of my new flat. This... is a good thing.

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