Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Confessions of a Newbie Runner

I have never been a runner.  In fact, growing up, I would do anything to get out of it.  Yes, I even used an imaginary visit from Aunt Flo to miss running up and down the stairs at the local high school.

In the last few years, however, something magical happened.  My husband bought me a really cool bike.  I love my speedy red cycle. I loved the miles I booked on that thing, I loved going fast, I loved riding with my husband all around the valley.

But when winter came, we never rode.  Smokey summers kept us from riding then.  Oh and pregnancy, injuries, etc.  I had thought about going for rides by myself, but I worried about being gone so long and what if I got hurt, or got a flat... so then worries kept me inside.

Then last year, when I decided I needed to get healthy again, I knew that riding the bike may not be in the cards, because my husband had recently gotten a severe ankle injury at work.  So I started thinking about maybe getting a treadmill... you know... maybe.

A friend found one at a garage sale for $100.  But I didn't have a truck.  She did.  And next thing I knew I was the owner of a treadmill.

I was rather frightened of the thing.  I had started eating better and that was all good.  But running?  I had recently read the incredible book Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run, which actually made me think I could possibly do it too.  I was watching my niece and my brother clock mile after mile... why not me?

So I downloaded a C25K app and started.  That was 6 months ago.  I did 1.4 miles in 30 minutes that first time.  I got to week 5 Day 2 and I commented on Daily Mile, " Something incredible happened when I ran that 8 minutes straight. I realized I may have never done that in my entire life. Felt rather pro."  And then...

I don't know what happened.  That was literally the last time I tried running.  Maybe I was sore, maybe I got sick... I don't remember.  All I know is that there were a few tries and then nothing... for months.

Then three weeks ago, I decided to try again.  I started at week 3 and this afternoon I did Week 5 Day 1 (again).  It felt great.  One of my greatest struggles with running has always been my breathing.  I am slightly asthmatic and have always struggled getting in full breaths, even when not running.  But today, it seemed to click.  It was amazing.

And now I am nervous.  What if I stop again?  What if I stop thinking I can do it?

But you know what?  Something occurred to me after my run.  I was reading an article that was all about things people think when they were running and I was agreeing with almost all of them (I don't see cute doggies and heaven knows I am not wondering whether or not to wave at other runners when I am on the treadmill in the homeschool room).  And then... I thought... Am I a runner?  I haven't yet run a total workout... but I run.  I think... quite possibly... I am a runner.  I am a runner.  I am a runner.

So there you have it.  I am a runner (I think).  I don't need to give up just because every time I run I think... "Why I am doing this?" or "I must be nuts." because apparently seasoned runners think the very same thing.  I will keep going.  I am not going to just become a runner.  I am a runner!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Christmas Hats 2015

I have a few people in my house to knit for.  In case you didn't hear, I have 9 kids and a husband.  That is 10 Christmas hats.  I learned this Advent that I am not waiting till November.  I'm starting in September next year.

Anyway, I do truly love to make everyone something for Christmas and hats are a real simple way to do that.

I couldn't even tell you which one's were my favorite.  I love all of them!  I do want to make a Jane for me, and the Baa-ble one is so much stinking fun to make!  Plus, a color variation on all the Clayoquot hats for the boys would be so cool...

Ok, I better get The sweater I am making for Theo done first!  I want to make it for his birthday, but seeing as that is right around the corner, I'm not sure I will get it done in time!  Wish me luck.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

A Pinafore for Evangeline

I whipped this up awhile ago, but finally got pictures of little Eva wearing her Pinafore Dress.  The yarn is leftover from a sweater I made for myself and hated.  I still have balls and balls of it, lol.  Anyway, here she is all her adorableness!

Here is the back.  I did a single crochet row all along the edges and made loops for button holes.  My favorite part of this is, of course, the sleeves!  

Why yes, that is peanut butter and jelly on her sleeves.

All in all, I love little projects like this as they go with everything and totally look adorable.  This was a super fast and easy crochet project too!

Linking up with Frontier Dreams and Ginny for a good dose of craft goodness!