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Am I metal enough for this race? [20100905|22:27]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Oh yes, I think I am.

I finally completed my Princess Leia outfit for The Spartan Race. With 12 days to go before I have to run it dressed like an idiot, I need it to be in a state to take on at least one test run.

I ordered the official costume, knowing from the reviews that it wasn't going to suffice for the race. The top was crappy felt that provided no support. Hence, I also bought a bra with a clear back and clear straps so that I could remove the rubber decoration and attach it to the bra. The skirt came down to my ankles, so I shortened that. The armband was floppy, so I reinforced it with covered metal wire.

Since you were all kind enough to donate over £100 toward my cause, I also ordered an earmuff braid headband. It is actually brilliant. My ears will not be cold.

I am metal enough for this race.



Admire my armband.




As you can see from the last photo, I shall have to make a few more modifications. The chain on the collar will have to have a hook on it so I can wrap it around my neck to get it out of the way while I'm running. I'll also need to secure the rubber decorations to the bra with a few more stitches, as one of them pulled out while I was posing, which doesn't bode well for attempting to run the race in its current state. I might also need to shorten the skirt further.

Anyway, I am no seamstress so I'm happy it's turned out as well as it has.

If you want to cheer us on, the race is taking place in Royston on Sunday, 19 September. A map is on the linked page.

I remind you that if you wish to donate to Oxfam on my behalf, you can do so at the link below.
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[User Picture]From: namey
2010-09-05 22:55 (UTC)
1. First thing I noticed, the buns. \m/
2. Awesome. And cute.
3. Heh. Every time I see race sponsorships over here, it's something like $1000-$2500 to meet goal. Compared to £100/$150. Littttle bit more reasonable.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 09:11 (UTC)
The braidmuffs are awesome. I just have to figure out how to secure them.

I know what you mean about the unrealistic goals. It's like, who do you expect is going to sponsor you, exactly? I know some friends and family will, but it's not like they're rich. I figured £100 wasn't overly optimistic and I'm pleased I've raised as much as I have already.
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[User Picture]From: bowtomecha
2010-09-05 23:43 (UTC)
ok i totally see the filipino part now. the triangle your shoulders and torso makes is just like my cousins.


oh and this is like every mans fantasy by the way. normally i just say no to slavery but this has me thinking... haha.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 09:09 (UTC)
Really? That's interesting. I hadn't realized that that anatomical quirk was Filipino. I know it makes me look buff, which I kinda like.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 08:45 (UTC)
\m/ \m/
*stompy stomp stomp stomp*
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-09-06 01:56 (UTC)
That was worth the donation - good luck!

And I hope the bloke enjoys the slave costume as much as your readers do!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 08:45 (UTC)
Thank you very much. Hopefully I'll have lots of photos to share from the race, too!

I think he likes it. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 08:44 (UTC)
I just hope my headband stays on during the race. I foresee a forest of hairpins being required to secure it to my head.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 08:42 (UTC)
Hurrah! The question is, will the whole thing fall to bits before I finish the race? :P
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[User Picture]From: bowtomecha
2010-09-06 10:00 (UTC)
we can only hope. haha.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2010-09-06 03:13 (UTC)
I have no doubt you are METAL enough. It's are you MENTAL enough that I am wondering.

(awesome. so. awesome.)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 08:41 (UTC)
I don't know. I'm trying not to think about it too much, otherwise I start hyperventilating.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2010-09-06 16:23 (UTC)
Eminently sensible plan. I think if you have the outfit, you have already demonstrated you also have the moxie.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-09-06 04:33 (UTC)
Best Princess of all time. OF ALL TIME!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 08:40 (UTC)
Let us hope I don't disgrace the name by falling over too much. :D
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2010-09-06 08:57 (UTC)
That's an awesome costume!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-06 09:05 (UTC)
Thanks! I hope it stays on. :P
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2010-09-06 12:04 (UTC)
Nah
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[User Picture]From: impix
2010-09-06 15:01 (UTC)
you look amazing.
Also, you have now totally kicked me up the butt in terms of getting fit again.
xxx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-07 07:52 (UTC)
Thank you. It sounds like you've been cycling a lot so your baseline fitness must be pretty good. There are lots of pretty green spaces near you - you could take up running? It's a cheap and easy way to get fit and a lot less tedious than the gym.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2010-09-07 05:19 (UTC)
You are so! faaking metal! I hope whoever is documenting the race can capture the reactions of the other contestants when they see your ensemble!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-07 07:54 (UTC)
Grah! \m/ I hope there will be other people in costume!
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2010-09-08 23:44 (UTC)
1 - Fantastic costume. And good job w/ the modifications. *nodding*
2 - Show us yer' gams! I vote for shorter, if it's not too much trouble. \o/
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-09 09:49 (UTC)
Thank you! I'll see if I have time to do it in the next ten days - with the parents around, I don't foresee having much.
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