It’s no secret that I like to knit/crochet whilst walking.
It’s pretty rare that I’m out and about without yarn. Maybe it’ll get me labelled as the village weirdo, but we all have to decide our priorities in life, and it turns out that I like knitting more than I dislike being called a weirdo, so meh.
It’s also no secret that I like to go running most days. Goodness, those are words that I never expected to write, way back when I was the dunce of the PE class at school. But it turns out that after several years of encouragement from the Stoic Spouse, I’ve gone from hating every lung-hurty second of running… to disliking the running but enjoying wildlife-spotting along the way… to actually sort-of enjoying the experience for its own sake. Sort-of.
Yikes, did I really just type those words out loud?
I should explain that when I refer to the Stoic Spouse’s ‘encouragement’, I mean the sort of encouragement that your drill sergeant might give you when s/he’s hungover, sleep-deprived, and someone’s nicked his/her favourite space in the car park. I’m sure you get the picture. And the Stoic Spouse is of the mind-set that pretty much any problem in life can be cured by going for a run. Feeling lethargic? Go for a run. Witnessed your entire family being abducted by aliens? Go for a run. Both of your legs fallen off? Stop making feeble excuses and GO FOR A RUN. I’m sure you get the picture. (You and I both know that yarnery is the ultimate balm for the soul in times of stress, but the Stoic Spouse hasn’t realized this yet, poor love.)
So, yeah. Knitting/crochet is good. Running is (eventually, after several years of excruciating pain) surprisingly good. And it’s always frustrated me that you can’t knit whilst running. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could?
I mean, running is primarily a legs/feet thing, knitting/crochet is primarily a hands/arms thing, they both take lots of time, so how awesomely multitaskual would it be if you could combine the two?
Sadly, I’ve never managed to run and knit. It’s hard enough breathing whilst running, let alone adding yarnery into the mix. Oh well.
When I signed up for the Oxford Half Marathon last year, I assumed that I’d never really be able to run 13.1 miles (21km) without stopping, but I knew I could quite easily walk that far whilst knitting. Win! 🙂 Maybe I’d even get a completed scarf out of the experience! But unfortunately training went unexpectedly well, and it turns out that I can run that far without stopping, so the knitting stayed home. Lose. 🙁
But guess what? To my fall-off-the-chair, gob-smacking, surprise, it turns out that there is someone who knits and runs! No, really! And he holds the world record for the longest scarf knitted whilst running a marathon. To be fair, there probably aren’t vast numbers of entrants to threaten his superiority in this category, but I deeply respect his ability to run whilst knitting a scarf of any length.
And best of all, you can read about his experience! Because he blogs… or at least he used to blog, but sadly his site is no more. I wonder what happened to him, and can only hope that he’s still knitting and running. His old site is right here. Isn’t he amazing?
Sir, you have my utmost respect (especially as you’ve raised truckloads of cash for Alzheimer’s research).