My friend Tera and I ran the Redding Marathon together this past Sunday. Here we are just after we crossed the finish line and received our medals:
- Running the race felt a lot like knitting a sweater. It was challenging, but in the end, just as the most complicated pattern is made up of simple knit and purl stitches, we finished the race simply by putting one foot in front of the other.
- Both hobbies allow for an individual sense of accomplishment, while both are even more enjoyable when shared with friends.
- The act of knitting just requires two sticks and a string, and all you really need for a good run is a decent pair of shoes. Yet the more miles you run or yards you knit, the more you appreciate a few good pieces of gear. On Sunday, I appreciated my running pants, moisture-wicking socks, and jogging bra almost as much as my Addi Lace knitting needles and a skein of cashmere.
- Both activities are greatly improved with the addition of chocolate!
- Just as it is nice to have your knitting friends ooh and aah over a finished object, it was so fun to feel supported by friends and family before, during, and after the race. Relatives phoned and emailed encouragement before the race. During the race my husband and son acted as our support team, meeting us on the trail with extra drinks, cheering us on, and later bringing us home to celebratory balloons and cold beer!
|I am so lucky to have such a great group of friends!|