Friday, October 9, 2009

Running...a retrospective

For those of you keeping up with me and my life so far, you know that for the last year, running has been my obsession. All in preparation for next week...when I finally complete the Nike Women's Marathon on October 18th. My goal...to beat the PR set this past July during the SF Marathon of 4hrs 38min marathon. I think I could break 4 hours (average 9:00 min/mile). At the very least, I think I can get a 9:30min/mi average (4 hour 9 min marathon). Crazy talk you say? Well, I'm starting to believe...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why do the Japanese have to make things that are so darn cute?!

Why do the Japanese make everything so insanely cute?! Not to mention well designed and wonderful? I don't even have children, and I want to make this baby dress! This dress was just posted on Ravelry in the Japanese Knitting and Crochet group. Go check it out here: http://atelier.woman.excite.co.jp/creation/5422.html

In other news, recently (april, so almost two months ago...sigh) I participated in the Discarded to Divine show with St. Vincent De Paul Society. Here is a picture of me published on the 944.com website. I look pretty sexy in that vintage 70's little black dress :)

Sadly, I was unable to attend the actual fashion show for this event this month. I injured my foot training for my marathon. I was in the wrong shoes. Apparently, I have neutral feet with low arches--the people at the sports store I visited recommended shoes for people who overpronate...DONT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! Go to a reputable store that specializes in running to have your gait properly analyzed. I ended up going to Transport in Berkeley (on Solano) and I highly recommend them. Not only did they measure my foot (I had been wearing the wrong size too, and the wrong width) the also analyzed my gait then put me on a treadmill and observed how I run in the two recommended shoes they had in the store. I ended up buying a lovely pair of Brooks shoes that cost HALF AS MUCH as the shoes recommended to me by a sports store that shall remain nameless here. I spent 2 weeks unable to run, almost unable to walk because I bruised my cuboid and "rolled" my ankle straining one of my larger tendons--all because someone was trying to make a bigger sale. :( I am currently going through rehab on my ankle, but thankfully I'm back up to running again :)

avatar3In the meantime I will focus on getting myself up and running at full speed. I also need to focus on fundraising...I'm $25 away from my goal. When I reach my goal my entrance fee for the marathon will be refunded (bonus!) in addition to having the $250 I raised go straight to the kids.

I am thinking of giving away a skein of handspun (on a drop spindle) fingerweight yarn (made by me) as a prize for anyone who donates at least $5 through my donation page. I'll post more info on that soon including pictures of the yarn you can receive. I may also give away some fiber and sock yarn to sweeten the deal. :)

Friday, April 3, 2009

It's been a while since I've blogged....

..I am pretty sure I'm the world's worst blogger.

SO much new stuff is going on with me. I've been spinning and knitting and crocheting like a fiend. I also began training for a half marathon (with a marathon in the works later).

I am thinking I will do a raffling off of some of my lovely knitting and crocheting stash as a fundraiser to pay for my running training... More to come soon! With pictures, I promise...
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