Totally random update, not that other posts are organised, but this one is really random.
Yesterday I completed the half marathon in Tours (YAY for me) AND I managed to do it in 1h48 which is another big YAY! I was really really worried, due to the lack of proper training. I mean Bruno and I had done exactly one 15k run the Monday before the race and I nearly died. Granted it was 5 PM, hot and 5PM (yeah mentioned that twice, since running after 12 PM just seems retarded to me!). Not too confident at all and the nerves really hit me the morning of the race.. I decided that if I was feeling anything like how I felt on Monday I would just stop. Picked up Bruno at 10 AM and went up to Jean Jaures where we could leave our bags and get ready. Unlike me he was not at all concerned and had even been out drinking the night before.
The race is basically two laps around the town, pretty boring and it takes you through the ghetto of Tours which I personally think is a great touch! Not so great, the lack of toilets!! I mean why would you not place freaking port-a-loo’s along the course?? After about 10 min, I had to wee.. thinking that at the 5 km mark (where there was food and water there would be toilets) but NO! I keep on going sure that there would be toilets at the start/finish of the race.. NO.. I was feeling OK accept for the peeing thing and decided to continue for the second lap.. But the Pee was there and I needed to go badly.. Crossing the start/finish I started looking for a pee stop (car, tree, cafe) luckily there was a cafe that I ran into and where I could use the bathroom.. I had told Bruno to just go since he does run faster than I do and was staying next to me to keep me company, while I was running faster than I really wanted to not slow him down too much. After my pee break, I felt way better and managed to keep up the pace and finish in an awesome time if I say so myself! The shitty thing.. I am classified as a SENIOR.. I mean really?? , it might be French though and everyone over 21 is Senior..
Yesterday I got my heating on, it is such a pleasant surprise after last year, where there was no heat for a pretty long time (granted, it was probably cause I did not turn the heaters on) this time I never turned them off so when the main thing started yesterday I suddenly did not need to use my laptop and oven as a heat sources anymore. It is a bit of crazy system (no real control over your own heating) On the other hand, I am not paying the costs either. At Uni there is no central heating yet, so I am freezing my arse off atm.
Next friday I have to present my data at a meeting in Bordeaux. I like giving presentations, of course I get a little nervous but I usually ease into it while I am talking. This time I am seriously a bit worried since it is really the first time I am talking to people who actually know what I am talking about. It is a neurogenesis meeting, and I am presenting neurogenesis data…. I just hope that I dont get too many questions that I can not answer.. Oh and in related news, my experiment that I thought was working, I actually think it has failed, meaning that I now have hardly any data to present. (I totally gave up on Thursday after I went to the microscope… I decided to leave and went home and watched crappy reality shows instead).
Have not applied for any other jobs yet, nothing has really come up. I am STILL waiting on the French Fellowship it is nearly 2 weeks past the original date now. I doubt we got it though, but it would be nice to get some news! The exciting thing: 4 more weeks and I will have my holidays. And who knows, maybe even a job in Sydney!
I think that is most of the news I needed to share……..