Learning to run …

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Inspired in large part by the breakthroughs I’ve been having over the last month or so (like the Broken Windows and the A Year From Now …) I’ve decided to start on a new blogging project about my work to get healthier and more fit.  I feel like the change of tone and theme warranted a new space, and a chance for me to try something new.

However, I’m not going to be abandoning this blog. I will keep on sharing my ramblings about knitting/crochet/spinning/weaving here and move all talk of food and exercise to the new blog, Run Bean Run, runbeanrun.wordpress.com.

So here’s to a grand adventure to learn how to run, one step at a time.


A year from now …

… You’ll wish you had started today.


And in that spirit I present my new running shoes.  Aren’t they delightfully ugly.  However, as a fan of all things green, they make me happy.

Fancy shoes make you go faster, right?

Fancy shoes make you go faster, right?

So for the month of March I’m trying to start doing all the things that in a year from now I will have wished I had started this month.

Snippets of May

I have two drafts and five finished objects (and two handspun yarns with more to come) to get posted on the blog, and yet I haven’t published in weeks.  With my gainful unemployment ending next week, I feel a mania grabbing me and getting me to start and finish all sorts of projects knowing that I won’t have nearly as much time going forward from June 4th.

On June 4th I start a new job in Bracebridge, about an hour east of Parry Sound, in Muskoka.  For those of you who are familiar know that Bracebridge is in the heart of cottage country and a neat little town.  I’m going to be working for a local environmental not-for-profit doing archival and stewardship work.  I’m really excited to start, the work should be interesting and I hope to learn lots from such a good organization.  Also, it could mean moving, most importantly, out of my parents house for like the 4th, and hopefully last, time.

For some reason I’m more keen to blog when I’m working, when I’m not working I find it more of a chore to sit at my computer and not be knitting or weaving.

Here are some snippets of what I have been making and admiring (click the first picture to see all of them in a fun gallery format).

If you want to see more of me, I’m usually on Twitter, sometimes on Pinterest and rarely on Facebook. Use the links at the bottom of the page to track me down there.

Run Bean Run

Now that it has been nearly two months, I guess feel like I am starting to get some traction with running.  I have started running a half dozen times since high school.  Every time I gave up, but this time I think I have done it long enough to actually start enjoying it.  It is a quick, cheap and easy form of exercise that can be done pretty well anywhere as long as a person has a pair of running shoes.

So, I guess this is a belated Mother’s Day post, mostly because it is my mom who is the one who makes me want to enjoy running.  Although she is in the latter half of her 50s, she is active, fit and looks nothing like a woman in her late 50s.  She runs and for the most part enjoys it, but the big thing is that with each foot thump (this morning she described her run as being elephant-like, with the steps being more like thumps than gazelle like gracefulness) she is enjoying herself, and helping to keep her body and mind healthy.

So, when I run I think about the fact that I want to be active in my late 50s and able to run well enough to not act my age. So thanks mom, for being an inspiration, even when I don’t treat you like one.

For most of my life I have been an ABR kind of person. Anything but running. I enjoy kayaking and cycling, and walking, I love walking, but running has always just been too much for me.  My weight makes running more challenging than for someone with an non-overweight body, but I just didn’t “get” running, it just seemed really stupid.

However, thanks to the Ease into 5K app, and my iPhone, I am starting to “get” running.  The program has pre-set workouts and the voice in my head tells me when to run and when to walk and I don’t have the opportunity over think things and I actually get a decent amount of exercise without having to engage my brain (which sometimes has plans of its own, that involve not running).

Now I just need to do my yoga and then my mom will be totally proud of me.