This past Saturday I ran in my first 5K race, the Oxford Fun Run, with my friend, Theresa. You’d have thought we were at
The timing, however, was a joke. Professional, my ass! Right before the race starts, they let us know that only the first 100 people to cross the finish line would have their times recorded. Dude, there were only a total of 200 participants (runners AND walkers) in the whole event. Is it that much of a stretch to provide times for all of us? Luckily, I was #84, so I personally don’t have anything to bitch about, by my friend Theresa was gypped because she was #101. That’s just plain lazy on their part.
Also, what exactly is this Student Event Activities organization? The only student activities I know of are 1) consumption of large amounts of alcohol, and 2) loss of mental faculties as the result of activity #1. I can’t imagine the ‘official’ time will be any more accurate than the time I clocked on my wristwatch.
Speaking of which, my unofficial time for the
5K 4.9K was 30:37. That turns out to be a 10 minute pace, my fastest yet! I’m quite pleased with myself about this, though I do have to admit that running the race on my flat ‘home’ turf was probably a bit of an advantage. But just a wee one. Yeah, sure.
This week, I’m gearing up for my first ever 10K race on Sunday, 18 May. My emotions are swinging from quiet confidence to ‘I hope I don’t pass out on the High Street’. Pretty much, I’m keeping my goals low—1) try to run the whole race, and 2) try to run at a 12 minute pace or better. Even though the weather has been fantastic here this weekend, it was way too hot and muggy during the 5K. I tend to run in the mornings when it’s cooler, so it was definitely an adjustment. Here’s hoping there’s a good breeze and no rain for this coming Sunday.
Italian Phrase(s) of the Day
Thanks to all of you who left phrases for me to translate in the last post. I would particularly like to single out Ellen for going above and WAY BEYOND the call of duty. (Seriously, dude, if your bosses at the Evil Empire realize how you spend most of your time at work, your ass is so grass!)
Procrastinating with my dissertation Inspired by all the submissions, I decided to translate a number of them for this first post. And (*drum roll*) here they are:
Margarita, per favore. Con ghiaccio e molto sale.
‘Margarita, please. With ice, lots of salt.’ –McB
Perché sono miei piedi in questo secchio
‘Why are my feet in this bucket of concrete?’ -Vanilla
Grazie per tenente miei capelli.
‘Thanks for holding my hair.’ –Chia
Sono il re
‘I’m king of the world!’ (Titanic, 1997)
Ti prenderò, mia bella, e tuo piccolo cane anche!
‘I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!’ (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
If you have anymore phrases you’d like to see translated into Italian, please leave them in the comments.
Buona giornata! (Have a good day!)