Friday, April 04, 2008


Wow...has it really been almost a month since I last posted a blog entry? How time flies! And right now there seems to not be a lot of time.

So what has kept me away from the blog? Knitting? Spinning? Quilting? Cooking? The opening of my yarn shop? Nope, none of those. Give up?

Running. Running has kept me away from the blog. Remember that goal that I set for myself at the end of January? The goal of running a 50-mile race at the end of November? I've stepped up the training a bit. Kicked it up a notch, as it were. Instead of running just on Saturday and Sunday, I'm also running Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Hoo boy...I'm not running particularly fast; I'm just trying to build a good running base.

And therein comes the metamorphosis (two, to be exact). My running has improved (imagine that). I think I'm running better than I ever have. I feel like I'm running from my core, grounded and focused. I feel like I'm running, not just slogging through a run. I look forward to my 6:00 a.m. runs. A side effect is the change in my body. I'm losing weight, losing body fat, and am finally seeing some muscle definition again. I feel like I have emerged from a cocoon. So of course, that makes me want to run even more. It's all very exciting.

The problem with all this running is that I haven't had any time for blogging, since my prime blogging time was in the morning when Tom was running. And I don't feel like blogging at night because I'm at a computer all day. I'll eventually work it out and start blogging again on a semi-regular basis.

Knitting Progress
Despite the running, I have been knitting. One of Tom's Tibetan socks is finished and the second one is on the needles. I'm pretty much focused on this project until I get it finished, despite the siren call of spiffy new projects and yarn. After Tom's socks are done, I'll finish the Monkey socks for me.

And after that?

I don't know. Maybe I'll pick up Counterpoised again and slog through it. Maybe I'll set aside knitting for a while and focusing on spinning up some of the lovely fiber from the Wooly Wonka Exotic Fibers Club. So much fiber, so little time!

Speaking of time, starting next Saturday, I'll have plenty of time for knitting. We'll be sailing around the Belize islands on a 46-foot catamaran for 10 glorious days. Any suggestions as to what project I should take besides the two pairs of socks currently in progress? Heaven forbid that I run out of knitting!

That's all for now. If I've got a bit of time this weekend, I'll post a picture of the Tibetan sock.

Happy knitting!


msubulldog said...

The running sounds wonderful! I need to get back into it, myself, but not at the 50-mile level quite yet. :) I told my sister I'd consider a half-marathon in December.
Sailing for 10 days??? How fabulous! Take lots of pictures and tell us all about it, please. :)

PurlingPirate said...

Way to go!!! I'm so proud of you! You have determination and stamina and I have no doubt you will be doing that 50 miles in November!

Sailing? Belize? Ok, I may hate you a little now. I am insanely jealous!!! Enjoy and take lots of pictures! I want to live vicariously through you!

LizKnits said...

Congrats on the running progress! I've been working up to a 5k over the past weeks and am very impressed with your 50 mile goal. Keep up the good work!

Sheepish Annie said...

Wow! Good for you! I am really most impressed and I can imagine how great you feel. As for what to take on vacation...does it really matter? You could knit anything as you sail around the Belize islands and it would be wonderful. ::sigh::

Jen da Purse Ho said...

your dedication to run and prepare amazes me. :) you are awesome!

and your little cruise? Yeah...i'm jealous now too. haahaha. have a GREAT TIME!!

Alison said...

Yeah for ultra-marathons! Best spectator (knitter) sport ever in my humble opinion.

I agree with sheepishannie, "You could knit anything as you sail around the Belize islands and it would be wonderful. ::sigh::"

Even a simple garter stitch scarf in Red Heart yarn would seem nice in that environment. But seriously, choose some cool yarn and knit a tropical garment of some sort. Oh, and Have FUN!