Monday, 7 September 2009

Still alive...

This week's running is a little more difficult than the first two weeks. The running time actually doubled. Last week was:

Walk 10 minutes (5 minute warm up, 5 minute walk), run 2 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 2 minutes, walk 5 minutes, run 2 minutes, walk 5 minutes (cool down). Total running time = 6 minutes. I actually ended up doing an extra walk/run cycle, just because I felt I could. And I'm glad I did!! This week is:

Walk 8 minutes (5 minute warm up, 3 minute walk), run 4 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 4 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 4 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 4 minutes, walk 5 minutes (cool down). Total run time = 16 minutes. See the difference??

I warned several people before this morning's run that I thought I would die of a heart attack, even told T's kindy teachers that if I wasn't there to pick him up by 11.10am call an ambulance, because I'd be lying somewhere along the track at Karori Park. However I was amazed to discover that although it was very difficult and I had to really push myself, I actually managed the entire 40 minute walk/run, completing an entire five kilometres! Go me!! Didn't feel too flash at the end of it though, but I guess if I keep working at it eventually I'll get used to the whole fitness thing and won't feel like crap for the first half hour after a run. Guess I'll stick at it a bit longer...

I finished X's Weasley Sweater over the weekend:


He loves it :-) Hopefully he'll get a bit of wear out of it before growing too big for it. I learned several new techniques while making this sweater - unpicking the cast on edge and knitting in the opposite direction to make it longer, sewing it up properly at the end so you can't see the seam (mattress stitch), and intarsia colour work (although I probably should've used fair isle, since the X was quite narrow). Oh, and patience!! Lots of frogging, picking up the right amount of stitches for the sleeves (evenly), unpicking the cast on edges was a long process, weaving in the ends!!!!!!! Not to mention the fact that I learned to spin a week or so before starting to spin all the yarn I used for this particular project :-) Excuse my boasting, but I'm rather proud of myself for completing this sweater. And I knit it in, like, a week!! Again, go me :-)

I've started Deane's other 'man sock', and I finally got the rest of the yarn for X's Gryffindor scarf so have started back working on that in the evenings as well. Busy, busy, busy. Lots of meetings coming up in the next two weeks (which will severely cut into the knitting time - bummer) so the progress on projects will probably slow down a bit. But I promise to post photos of anything I do manage to finish (wishful thinking?)

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