Diversions Health

Running update – 8 weeks till my next half and other babbling.

I’ve got to figure out what motivates me. Really. I am still at the point where running seems like a chore. Where eating well, well, isn’t much fun either. So I thought I’d stop for a second and lay out my plan for the next couple of weeks and see how well I stick to it.

Monday: 6.5 km – start easy; finish faster
Tuesday: 10 km – start easy; fast 5k; finish easy
Wednesday: cross-training or rest
Thursday: 5 km – easy
Friday: 5 km – start easy; finish faster
Saturday: rest
Sunday: 13 km – easy

Sounds good I think. Should be about 40 km for the week. But as I haven’t run very much for the last two weeks 40km would be great for me right now 🙂

Other March goals:
-there are three shelves I want to put up in various spots in the house (cubby shelf in the treadmill room; rod shelf near my craft area and the other rod shelf near the washer and dryer)

-finish the pond cross-stitching picture I’m making for Q

-start knitting again – maybe make up some of the vegetables again for Q’s kitchen

-blog more regularly!

It snowed again today so it’s not looking much like spring but it’s lighter later and later every day. Spring is surely on its way….

Get Crafty

Knitted Blanket – inukshuk

A few years ago now, Toby and I took a couple of intro to knitting classes at a shop in Kensington Market. Yep, Toby was the only guy but he enjoyed it and we made a scarf and then a baby hat. I kept it up a bit more than he did and one day I was flipping through a catalogue from a craft store when my dad says “hey that looks nice, make me that.” A blanket! WTF?

Well, why not? I thought.

I thought I had some more work in progress pictures but maybe they were from the old camera. I’ll have to check out the big Mac to see if they’re on there.

I got to do a couple of new things making the blanket: double stranded knitting – so knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time. And it was knit on one circular needle – which meant casting on a little bit shy of 200 stitches!

Anyway, here it is:

bottom - about half way done
bottom – about half way done


top half - almost done!
top half – almost done!

And the whole darn thing:


It’s really soft and comfy. And my dad completely forgot that he had asked for it! Sigh.

I really liked making it because it really doesn’t matter that I knit a little tight. I worry about making clothes and stuff for that reason. But it also means I have leftover yarn, and, well, I thought it would be fun to make a scarf with the circular needle so….