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FillsYourNiche commented on a post in r/xxketo
2-22-15 10 points

Morning, ladies! OK, it's almost after noon, but I've got my iced coffee and Bunny ready for checking in; I took a very long route to my own couch.

2018's half marathon is checked off the list (I want to run a half each year of my 30's), and while I didn't break last year's (brutal, miserable, difficult) PR of 2:10, I totally crushed my sub-2:20 goal! I've been doing my long runs so slowly that I was worried about coming in under 2:30, but I decided to try and keep the 2:20 pacer in sight, and ended up passing her. Even with a portaloo line that ate 4 minutes (wth, pee faster, runners!), I finished in 2:16, with 13.33 miles on my watch.

Thinking about you ladies cheering me on, running today in your own cities, or even considering starting C25K, gave me the energy to run strong the entire way! u/ScoutFinch12 was running with me in spirit, u/GFEmmers and I might be IRL race buddies, and this is gonna turn into one of those too-long thank you speeches if I keep tagging people <3 Thank you so much for all of your kind words yesterday, it made THE difference when my almost-healed toe felt like it re-broke around mile 8 (confirmed by its currently less-than-stellar appearance). When every runner around me decided to walk all the uphills, I powered up them instead, and kept a significantly faster pace than I thought I still could. Major shout-out to the (very fit) woman cooking and handing out heaps of bacon in her front yard: She was the xxketo spirit incarnate!

I don't think I would have enjoyed this race nearly as much if I hadn't been training for it for so long- there were injuries along the way, but I've been intending to run it for about 9 months. If it weren't for The Daily, I wouldn't have stayed as focused, but the constant inspiration around here helped me get to a place where I loved the entire run. Compared to my first half last February, when I distinctly recall thinking I'd absolutely never sign up for this kind of bullshit again, today's race felt like something I could do easily, and running down my favorite roads in Austin was a joy. There may actually be a race photo of me smiling!

Brief side note on discouraging scale fluctuations: I've been trying to get closer to 150 for this race, but the afeared PMS bloat arrived right on schedule, and I was 155 this morning. I didn't let it mess with my head, and after the race, some electrolytes, and 10 full pints of water, I'm now 151. I promise I can't burn 4 lbs of fat by running 13 miles ;)

I have some spinach artichoke chicken salad I need to go annihilate while I read everyone's updates; one more time, thank you all for your amazing support- let's KCKO!

FillsYourNiche 2 points

Congratulations! I just started C210K a few weeks ago and am really enjoying it. I hope to one day get up to a half marathon, but right now it sounds crazy (for me, you are awesome!).

ScoutFinch12 5 points

Welcome! Great progress so far.

Charcuterie board and cheese platter FTW!

FillsYourNiche 1 point

Thank you! It feels really good. I've been busting my ass in the gym.

Great suggestion! I can get some fancy dried sausages and cheeses. And gherkins!

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FillsYourNiche commented on a post in r/keto
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FillsYourNiche 1 point

Congratulations! My husband and I make our own Greek yogurt. You can vary the tanginess. Which Mio flavors do you like in yours? I never thought of using it in anything but water.

FillsYourNiche commented on a post in r/NatureIsFuckingLit
Melivora_capensis 3,911 points

No. Externally, veins and arteries look virtually identical in real hearts. It has undergone a ridiculous amount of preparation and synthetic preservation (plastination), but the most unrealistic thing is that it has no fat.

Hearts and superior vessels in particular are shrouded in protective fat. It has been removed here by an acetone bath. I'd guess that someone spent hours, first with a chainsaw and/or machete, then with a big knife, to clear almost all the fat first.

It used to take me 20-30 minutes to strip away most of the fat from the vessels of a sheep heart when teaching my zoology students heart anatomy. Fat is also very slippery, and vessels dry out like jerky quite quickly.

Edit: As surgeon /u/Aplaidlad points out, living and recently dead tissues and blood vessels are visibly different in color. I am referring to exsanguinated/preserved specimens like this heart. In cross-section, you can also see that arteries have proportionally thicker walls than veins.

Edit two: Fin whale heart with fat intact.

FillsYourNiche 97 points

Ecologist swimming in! To add a little detail about our friends the Blue whales...

Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are the largest animals in known existence. They can grow up to 105 ft (35 m) and weigh up to 200 tonnes. They are also incredibly long lived, living on average for 80 - 90 years (National Geographic). Even their calves are record holders for being the largest babies on Earth, weighing in at 5,000 - 6,000 lbs (2,267 to 2,722 kg) and at a length of 23 feet (7 m) (Marine Mammal Center).

Being the largest animal to have every existed gives you some pretty massive body parts. The heart can weigh around 400 lbs and is about the size of a small piano (there's some distortion in OP's photo making it appear larger). Here's a video of marine biologists going through a whale carcass. I bit of a warning for the squeamish!

Despite their incredible size, these beautiful animals are filter feeders. Blue whales belong to the Baleen (Mysticeti) group of whales. Baleen hair is attached to the Baleen plates of the whale's mouth and made from keratin They look like long stiff bristles (here is a picture). They can consume up to 40 million krill per day to keep that big body going!

Transasarus_Rex 2 points

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This is fucking fascinating

FillsYourNiche 5 points

Thank you! You might like /r/fillsyourniche for more and my research photos.

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FillsYourNiche commented on a post in r/NatureIsFuckingLit
FillsYourNiche 10 points

Ecologist swimming in! To add a little detail about our friends the Blue whales...

Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are the largest animals in known existence. They can grow up to 105 ft (35 m) and weigh up to 200 tonnes. They are also incredibly long lived, living on average for 80 - 90 years (National Geographic). Even their calves are record holders for being the largest babies on Earth, weighing in at 5,000 - 6,000 lbs (2,267 to 2,722 kg) and at a length of 23 feet (7 m) (Marine Mammal Center).

Being the largest animal to have every existed gives you some pretty massive body parts. The heart can weigh around 400 lbs and is about the size of a small piano (there's some distortion in OP's photo making it appear larger). Here's a video of marine biologists going through a whale carcass. I bit of a warning for the squeamish!

Despite their incredible size, these beautiful animals are filter feeders. Blue whales belong to the Baleen (Mysticeti) group of whales. Baleen hair is attached to the Baleen plates of the whale's mouth and made from keratin They look like long stiff bristles (here is a picture). They can consume up to 40 million krill per day to keep that big body going!

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