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THIS. IS. SPARTAAAAA. [20100801|18:29]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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For the first and probably last time in my life, I have entered a race. I’ve found something sufficiently ridiculous that I actually want to do, because participants are encouraged to yell, throw stuff and wave their arms around a lot. Also, there is a beer tent for afterward.

The Spartan Race, 19/9/2010, Cambridge


This is a 5k run featuring the following:

  • War Charge
  • Heroes Spear Throw
  • The Mud Pit (mud crossing)
  • Scrambling Spartans (scramble net)
  • Mt Impossible (wall climb)
  • Dark Tunnel (small, wet and dark tunnel passages)
  • The Fallen (balance beam obstacle course)
  • Enemies Trap (cargo net climb)
  • Slippery Victory (inclined wt wall)
  • Barbed Crawl
  • Leap of Faith (fire jump)


The entry fee goes to Help for Heroes, but I figured that for the first and last time, I would pimp myself out for sponsorship on behalf of Oxfam. If I manage to raise £50, I will wear the Princess Leia outfit to the race. Yes, the slave bikini one. I do not like Princess Leia or that outfit, because I have had this conversation 50,000 times over the course of my life.

Other Person: What’s your name?
Me: Leah.
OP: Hello, princess.
I suppress a rising urge to kill.

By adopting the character that has been my bête noire since I was old enough to talk, I hope to channel the rage in a positive direction. If I raise £100, I will do the earmuff braid thing too. Either way, there will be photos. Does anyone want to volunteer to take the photos? The bloke is running the race, too, so he won’t be able to.


NBAQ (Never Before Asked Questions)

  1. [personal profile] nanila, are you in it to win it? Provided I don’t run across any villages that need saving or maidens that need pillaging, I do hereby solemnly promise to give this race everything I’ve got. Considering that I’m mildly claustrophobic and afraid of heights, I fully expect this race to be quite challenging.

  2. [personal profile] nanila, are you training for the race? Yes. I’m running 3-4 times a week and working out.

  3. [personal profile] nanila, doesn’t volunteering to run a race in a skimpy outfit for money make you a bad feminist? If using my body once, for a couple of hours, to try to raise money for charity makes me a bad feminist after half a lifetime of trying to serve as a role model for girls who want to become scientists and women of independent means, then something is wrong with the definition of feminism. I’m in my mid-thirties and reasonably fit. I’ve always been rather prudish about showing my body. Frankly, I’m tired of it. I won’t have this body forever, and I would like to celebrate it for having been rather good to me all these years despite occasional periods of gross mistreatment. This struck me as the right sort of opportunity to do so. It’s not like I’m going to start wearing gold bikinis to work to try to get a promotion.


If there are any other questions, let me know and I’ll add them to the list. If you would like to donate, please click on the link to my JustGiving page below.

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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-08-01 18:07 (UTC)
I can't tell you how much I would want to see you in that outfit! You've got a lovely body, and I'm sure that all eyes will be on you when you win the race!

And the race, by the way, sounds like a lot of fun! Well, except for the dark tunnels part, being mildly claustrophobic myself...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-01 19:13 (UTC)
I don't think Spartans are supposed to whimper, so I'm going to have to practise for the tunnel bit and get it all out beforehand.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2010-08-01 18:34 (UTC)
Race? Did a Japanese person think this up! Are there surprise nut crackers hidden along the way? LOL!

and I think people who automatically associate Leah with Leia are stupid. Where they listening to the movie? Did they see the movie? Her name was pronounced Lay-a. Sheesh.

And I applaud your bravery in running an obstacle course in that outfit. Make sure the seams are extra strong!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-01 19:07 (UTC)
I'm not exactly sure how the scoring works. I'm not really sure that I care, either.

I think I'm going to have to give the outfit a few test runs to see if it holds up. I may have to wear something under it - maybe a nude body stocking or another bikini? Not sure.
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2010-08-01 18:42 (UTC)
There is a street on the way to Greenwich called Sparta Street and whenever I'm on the bus the automated voice says "This is Sparta Street."

Which prompts me to shout very loudly "THIS IS SPAAAARTA STREET."

It's impossible not to.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-01 19:04 (UTC)
Ahaha. I get a similar urge whenever standing on a Tube platform and I feel the hot wind coming down the tunnel. I want to wave my arms and shout, "Here comes the TRAAAAIN!"
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[User Picture]From: tanjent
2010-08-01 20:40 (UTC)
Donateredified.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-02 09:25 (UTC)
Oh, thank you very much! (Up to £70 as of this morning, whoa.)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-02 09:26 (UTC)
Yaaaaay! Then we can drink beer and crash our tankards together in suitably brutish fashion.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-08-01 22:22 (UTC)
Sounds like fun! And I don't think you'll have trouble finding photogs to snap pics of you--Princess Leia's slave outfit will probably make above-the-fold in any paper covering the event.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-02 09:40 (UTC)
True, but I want someone to take photos that I can download myself right away. :-)
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[User Picture]From: giles
2010-08-02 02:25 (UTC)
I think you might have got those sponsorship levels the wrong way 'round.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-02 09:41 (UTC)
Certainly not. I loathe the braids even more than I loathe the slave outfit.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2010-08-02 02:43 (UTC)
yes, enjoy it while you've got it. feminism is also about the right to free expression. Personally, i'd think about some spandex shorts with the bikini bottoms over it - to prevent chafing and discovering mud in unexpected places afterward...

Also, this race sounds like the beer tent should be the _first_ stop!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-02 09:43 (UTC)
You may be right about the beer tent. Especially since I can't allow my nerve to wear that tiny an outfit in public fail me on the day of the race!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-02 09:44 (UTC)
I just ordered the costume, having passed the £50 mark this morning. That's the look on my face right now, too..."OMG I actually have to do this now :O :O :O"
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2010-08-02 10:06 (UTC)
Until you made this post, it never occurred to me to make a link between your name and the character in Star Wars. Clearly I'm not geeky enough about Star Wars!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-02 17:43 (UTC)
This is not a bad thing.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2010-08-02 10:14 (UTC)
I seriously never considered comparing you to Princess Leah!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-02 17:44 (UTC)
Excellent. The frequency of the reference has tailed off as I've gotten older and thus, the time since those films came out grows more distant!
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[User Picture]From: becala
2010-08-02 19:04 (UTC)
Well, I'm not sure that using your body many times to make money NOT for charity makes one a bad feminist, either. I'm pretty confused on that topic, lately. But point taken, and this is btw SO FUCKING COOL. I've donated already, and will be sending as many friends as I can along to help towards getting you to wear the stupid bun-braids. In fact, I'd be happy if you ran the race in street clothes and those earmuffs.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2010-08-02 19:08 (UTC)
Er, and the event itself looks like actually quite a bit of fun, if physically strenuous. Definitely the coolest run-for-charity *i've* ever heard of.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2010-08-02 22:35 (UTC)
What would it take to get you to race with croissants taped to your ears?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-03 10:32 (UTC)
I'm not sure any amount of donations could get me to do that. What if there's a monkey around and he's hungry?!
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2010-08-02 22:39 (UTC)
Also remember not to comb your hair in public unless you are actually planning to die during the event.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-03 10:31 (UTC)
Given the amount of gel & hair spray it's probably going to take to get my hair to do that crazy bun thing, I'm mostly afraid of catching on fire when I jump over those flaming logs. Perhaps I should just buy a crappy wig!
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From: pbristow
2010-08-03 18:07 (UTC)
Woot! [MUNCHES POPCORN AND WAITS FOR THE PICS TO APPEAR]
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-03 18:39 (UTC)
I'll definitely be testing this costume before I wear it to the race, so there will certainly be pics before 19 September!
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