Let’s Hear it for PRs!

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.

My niece would probably love this one, she loves giraffes, I hear. :)

* Special Olympics logo scarf - awesome!!

SO freaking adorable!!

Gorgeous scarf!

I totally love this bag! Must knit one.

* Entirely appropriate pattern name! ;)

I've featured this pattern before, but I love it too much not to include it again!

* Super cute hat - would be a good gift for a math teacher. ;)

* ZOMG... SHEEPS! And adorable ones at that! LOVE!

* This one is for you, Anett! I know you'll love it. ;)

* Stunning! The first project I saw where I wanted to rush out & get the yarn to start knitting RIGHT NOW. Fortunately, my logical mind stopped me from it, as I've got too many gift projects to tackle right now. LOL

* Free pattern

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

About H3Dakota

Runner. Knitter. Geek. Vegetarian. Dog Lover.
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8 Responses to Let’s Hear it for PRs!

  1. Archergal says:

    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….


    • H3Dakota says:

      :) 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! ;)


  2. AmyP says:

    Good pattern picks as always! Many congratulations on your run time.


  3. peony67 says:

    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!


  4. Joe says:

    Awesome job on the PR. Sub 2:30! :-P


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