Running/Let’s Hear it for PRs!
I had two goals for this year’s Florida Holiday Halfathon: 1) to finish and 2) to finish in less than 3 hours. I’m happy to report that I accomplished both of these goals! Not only did I get it done in less than 3 hours, but I shaved 12 minutes off my previous PR while I was at it! Woo HOO! I even had enough juice left that I was able to really kick it up & fly through the finish line, passing 2 people in those last 50 yards.
I was about 3 miles from the finish when I finally spotted Larry, heading back home. He’d joined in on the race unofficially, like usual – and got it done in 01:47 and change (for those of you who don’t know Larry, that’s 1 hour, 47 minutes to run 13.1 miles in flip flops – a light day of running for Larry!). I was so happy to see him as I’ve been worrying about him – I haven’t seen him in months! It’s the longest I’ve gone without running at least part of my run with him.
Which reminds me… when running a one way half marathon, it’s not polite to run back to your car wearing your finisher’s medal, waving at those of us still heading towards the finish line.
Just kidding, I actually kind of chuckled about it! ;)
I had a couple moments of memories, which were sad & nice. As I came around the corner heading into Taylor Park, I couldn’t help but remember last year when I had done so only to see Dad & Rocky waiting for me right there, cheering me on. I cried, but kept going. Going around the lake was tough, the wind was brutal – and I’d forgotten about the back trail there. It’s a shell/dirt trail – between the shells & the cypress knots growing up into the trail, my feet were hurting a bit in my Vibrams! I hit the spot where Joe joined me last year & it put a smile on my face for the rest of the way.
I grabbed a bottle of water, a banana & headed for the shuttle bus right away, rather than hanging about to listen to the awards. Thank heavens I did, as the cold front hit before the bus made it back to Madeira Beach & the sky opened up. My heart went out to anyone still struggling to get across the finish line at that point, it must have been really hard then.
I’ve been a bit busy to do much reading, but I did manage to read one book, anyway!
- Me & Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter
A lighthearted retelling of a modern day Pride & Prejudice under the guise of a Jane Austin tour. The best part of the story was the inclusion of our heroine meeting the “actual” Mr. Darcy – and coming to realization that if Mr. Darcy was actually a real man, he would not quite be the fantasy man one might imagine from reading P&P. Not a deep read by any means, but fun!
I’m still working on Smitten for the manlets – I’m over halfway done. I’m keeping up to the current day, at any rate! LOL I also cast on a Harry Potter Scarf for the manlet’s girlfriend. She’s totally knitworthy and is a huge HP fan (a definite plus in my book! LOL). I went with slightly more subtle colors for Gryffindor, so it won’t be quite as obvious that she’s wearing an HP scarf. The gold I found is a pretty shade of gold, not the bright goldenrod most of the Gryffindor scarves are. :)
One important note on this pattern: it’s double knit, rather than in the round – which is fun for a change! But the pattern states to slip every other stitch purlwise with the yarn in back – doing so nets a garter stitch tube, not a stockinette tube! So if you want a stockinette scarf, be sure to slip the stitch purlwise with the yarn in front instead. ;)
Today’s Ravelry Search
The patterns today won’t be of much interest to the crocheters out there, as they are all knit projects. I usually try to include both, but today is an exception. ;) Remember, these aren’t mine – just click the picture to go to the Ravelry page.
* Free pattern
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Congrats on your finish! And yay for the Vibrams! I really, really need to see if I can learn to run even a short distance before I get way too old to do it. But bicycling is SO much easier than running….
:) I started off by listening to my mp3 player – walk to a song, jog to the next. You never know until you try – you might get totally hooked on it! ;)
Good pattern picks as always! Many congratulations on your run time.
*grin* Thanks! I had fun picking them out, like always. :)
OMG Angela, I DO LOVE that scarf…have to make one :-)
I also love other stuff, especially teh red and white scarf and the bag :-)
Congrats on the running!
;) As soon as I saw it, I thought of you.
Awesome job on the PR. Sub 2:30! :-P
*grin* Thanks! Sub 2:30 maybe for the spring halfathon at Ft. DeSoto (where it’s totally flat!) in March. ROFL!