News flash: doing a 5k charity walk with no training whatsoever is a pretty horrible idea.

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At least it didn't rain.

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There were a couple of sprinkles as everyone was getting ready to line up, but as soon as the starting horn went off, it was sunny and warm and perfect. Weird, huh?

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And hey, I still survived! No slower than the walk I did a few years ago in the midst of actually training (the only reason I didn't run that one was because winter, and cold, and icy), and at least now I remember why I do sort of enjoy this running thing. Spoiler: it's not the running. It's the having run.

Because man. Best water ever.

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Also, you guys are awesome fundraisers. $406 total, with a short spell in the top 5 fundraisers before all the people who raised $500 came in. Maybe that can be our goal next year?
Could we please stop killing people for a bit? Seriously. What the fuck, Baltimore.

As usual, when I can't do anything about the actual source of my frustration, I do something else to try to make the world a little less horrible. This time, it's some mail to Wool-Aid. Because that is something I can do.

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Must. Knit. Faster. Maybe that'll make things better.
I did it! I ran another 5k! And improved my time from last year!

Be The Match 5k 2014

I'm a bit excited, in case you can't tell.

Be The Match 5k 2014

We even almost made it to the fundraising goal I had - just a few dollars short, yet still quite an impressive number, and more than twice as much as last year. You guys are pretty damn awesome :-)

Be The Match 5k 2014

Me, I'm still exhausted. But man, that banana was delicious.

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Spider-Man 2
At first, I really liked it. And then it was surprisingly sweet and romantic and funny. And then I wanted to burn all copies of it with a blowtorch. So, that evens out to "it was ok" I guess?

Charity
I sent off a box to Afghans for Afghans.

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And donated a skein of handdyed yarn to the Yarn Harlot's karmic balancing gifts.

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And did I mention I'm running a 5k for charity in the middle of August? Because I am.

Reading
Picking a 1000-page book as part of a reading challenge that counts the number of books you read may have been a terrible idea. Then again, it's going quickly. May have something to do with the 3 hours I spent at the shop getting my car fixed this weekend.

Weather
I seem to have missed spring. Or maybe we just didn't have one. At this point, it's 88 degrees, and I hate it. This does not bode well for actual summer.

Science is awesome
You can now see what the ISS crew is seeing (unless there's a camera outage).

Another year, another Be The Match 5k. As many of you already know, last year's 5k was the first 5k I ever ran - really, the first anything I ever ran. This year, the plan is to be in better shape than last year, but everything else is the same. I torture myself into running - admittedly, it's kind of starting to be fun, though not a lot of fun - and you donate money to make me feel guilty when I don't do a training run as I'd planned to do. This year, I'm setting us two challenges.

I will beat last year's time of 47 minutes 11 seconds. You will beat last year's donations of $269. Deal? Deal.

You can click the shiny picture button below to find out specifically why I run this particular 5k, and of course donate right at the website there.

If you can, please donate. It's a great cause. It's a highly rated charity. And you'll be one of the fabulously sadistic people who prod me off the couch and onto the bike trail every other day. You know you want to torture me. Go ahead, I don't mind. It's the least I can do in honor of a much-loved family member.
When the world in general really gets on my nerves, and politicians I have no influence over decide to pull a whole lot of crap (like they have been in the past month, especially), I knit for charity. Seems like a more effective use of my time than repeatedly banging my head against a brick wall while chanting "who the hell put those guys in charge?"


Charity Knitting
Most of you already know this, but in case you don't: I have gone completely insane.

Ok, maybe not quite. But I did sign up for a 5k run a few months ago. If you've met me, you know how crazy that is - I don't run. I will barely run to catch a plane, and I'd likely wait for the next bus in most circumstances. However, I have a very good reason for this one. Click the shiny picture button below to find out what it is.

And if you can, please donate. It's a great cause. It's a highly rated charity. And you'll be one of the fabulously sadistic people who prod me off the couch and onto the bike trail every other day. You know you want to torture me. Go ahead, I don't mind. It's the least I can do for a much-loved family member.

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