Monday, July 14, 2014

Days 18, 19, and 20 of 30 Day Running Challenge

I slacked off this weekend and didn't post my updates for my running challenge. Saturday was a great run. My hubby ran with me and left the dogs at home and ran a fast mile. I didn't document it with my normal selfie though.

Sunday I took a break since it was our 1 year wedding anniversary. We had a great day eating and celebrating so I figured I could have one day off.

Today I did my 20th day (sort of). It was really really hot outside. Hershey and I only ran a mile but with the heat it felt like 10 miles. We ran it pretty fast too, I was surprised when I had finished to see that it was 9ish minutes. Really felt a lot longer.




Hershey clearly enjoyed the run. She's pretty adorable and I love that she enjoys running with me.



Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here. Day 14 is here. Day 15 is hereDay 16 is here. Day 17 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

WIP - Eyelet Scarf with Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Superkid Yarn



yarn


I love this yarn. LOVE it. It's soft and gorgeous and really easy to work with. It's Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Superkid in color 7713 Berry Patch. I got the idea for this pattern from the Eyelet Cowl that I created a while back that you can find the WIP post here and the FO and free pattern post here.

knitting pattern

So far I love how the scarf is turning out. The colors are fantastic and the pattern looks great. I haven't had much time to work on it with the busy schedule I've had recently but I'm hoping to have it finished very soon so I can share the pattern with the world!

knitting pattern


What do you think so far?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Day 17 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Day 17!

I got my hair done before my run and almost didn't run when I got home. But then I remembered that I have to run in order to prove to myself that I can do it. Plus I feel really good when I finish a run, like I accomplished something today. Not that I don't accomplish lots of things throughout the day, but there is something about working out and running in particular that just makes me feel like I did a lot.



I took Bones along with Hershey today. They both did just o.k. up until .75 when Bones said "Stick a fork in me, I'm DONE". I had to carry him the last quarter mile of the run. That really slowed my time down. I was feeling pretty fast until that point, and really I still finished pretty strong considering I was carrying a 15lb puppy dog.

Hershey on the other hand kept pulling ahead. It's like the "heel" training we've done never happened. Then when I was carrying Bones she kept trying to go in the grass and mark her territory. Overall not the best run for the pups but also not the worst.

Didn't get them in the selfie today since they were not worthy. Tomorrow I'm sure they'll do much better.



Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here. Day 14 is here. Day 15 is here. Day 16 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Day 16 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Happy Day 16! Today's weather was perfect and I felt pretty good. Some leg pain towards the very end but overall not bad at all. I felt good about my time, even though Hershey had a potty break in there which slowed us down. Overall it was a great running day!



On our way home, we passed another crazy man who started talking to Hershey. She promptly growled at him and then went about her business as my running partner. I have no doubt that she would protect me if someone got too close. She's got a big attitude for her little chihuahua body!

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here. Day 14 is here. Day 15 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day 15 of 30 Day Running Challenge - Halfway There!

I have officially made it halfway! It doesn't seem like 15 whole days have passed. It feels pretty good to get this far, even with another 15 days to go.

Today's run felt pretty good. My left shin is still pretty sore though. These past 15 days I sort of see a trend. I can usually do a long run (long being a mere 2 miles), then two or three shorter runs (1-1.5 miles), then another long run. My shin is usually always sore if I do more than 1.5 miles and then takes two or three days to feel strong and healthy enough to run 2 miles. It's actually extremely frustrating. I want to be able to run 3 miles daily, without any pain. I just want NO PAIN! On the bright side, I have been able to run consistently, everyday, for 15 days in a row without having so much pain that I skip a day. I had been at that point a few months ago so there is progress at least!



Hershey did wonderfully today. She stayed right next to me the whole time and didn't fall behind or slow down. She also didn't try to chase any squirrels or geese ha!

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here. Day 14 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Day 14 of 30 Day Running Challenge

I'm getting slightly faster! Almost back to my 8:12 mile and hopefully can get down to under 8 before too long!

It was pretty stinkin' hot today only because it was humid. It's hardly ever humid here so that was unusual. Other than that the run felt pretty good. Once I stopped though my shins got really tight and feel pretty sore again. I'm not sure what is going on - I've been doing my exercises that physical therapy gave me, which should be helping. Maybe I just need to ice more often.



Hershey wasn't exactly in the mood to run today. When I grabbed her leash she just stayed where she was and didn't get super excited like normal. I think her paw is still sore from the bee sting and it was pretty warm out yesterday so she got pretty pooped last night. She stuck with me though and only lagged behind a couple of times.

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here. Day 13 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Day 13 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Day 13 is down! It was another hot day today but at least it was under 100. For a Monday I feel pretty good about the 2 miles I put in. I really wanted to do 3 but those pesky shins and knee pains just won't let up! It's much better than it was a month ago but still not completely gone.



Hershey enjoyed the run, despite the photo above. She kind of looks high but I think it was more of a "let me inside I'm freaking hot" look. Her paw is still a little tender from that bee sting over the weekend so by the end of the run she had a slight limp.

All around, it was a great run, better that we both did only 2 miles and didn't push it with injuries.

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here. Day 12 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

FO - Baby Blue Beanie With Party Tassels

knit baby hat

It's finished! A couple of weeks ago I posted a WIP for a beanie I was knitting and just making up as I go. It turned out better than I anticipated. The color is perfect and the yarn was so nice to knit with.

knit baby beanie

This was knit with Lion Brand Yarns Baby's First in Sea Sprite color. I couldn't find my circular needles at the time so I knit this with DPNs and ended up with some small ladders between each needles. I haven't knit with DPNs much, I think one or two projects I've done needed them for the entire project, the rest of the time I just use them for the tops of the beanies that knit.

knit baby blue hat

The finished beanie fits a 3-6 month old. I didn't measure it before I wrapped it as a gift for my friend who is having a baby soon but I'd estimate that the circumference is about 16 inches and the height is about 7 inches.

Knit baby blue hat

The tassels were surprisingly easy to make. I hadn't ever made tassels in the past so was nervous about getting it right. I ended up wrapping my yarn around a bookmark several times then looping one strand through all of the wrapped strands and tying a knit. Then I cut the loops of the bunch at the bottom to create the tassels. Easy peasy!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week - July 6, 2014

Another week down and it's now July! Where did the first half of the year go?

This week there are some real gems, but only 4. Short and sweet! Are you ready to get back to real life after a fabulous 4th of July three-day weekend? I know I'm not. I wish we had more three-day weekends!







1. Tiny Sidekick - 5 Awesome Places to Buy Fabric Online
Since I just got a new sewing machine, I've been thinking about what I want to make first and what pattern I want to use. These websites are fabulous but also a time sink. I spent waaaaaaaay too long looking at all of the pretty fabrics!








2. Little Treasures - Crocheted Summer Bracelets - Free Tutorial
Fun and easy bracelets to crochet! Super cute and quick to make. Perfect for summer crocheting or knitting :)

3. Brooklyn Tweed - Color Theory With Jared: Icelandic Yokes Part 2
Great tips for color work. Very easy to understand and gorgeous work!

4. Tin Can Knits - Chrysanthemum Shawl
Color is amazing!









Day 12 of 30 Day Running Challenge

When I got up to do my run this morning I thought I was going to get 2 miles or more since I was feeling great and the weather was just right. Unfortunately, Bones had other plans. He wasn't feeling up to running fast and when I'd get to a comfortable speed for me he would just stop and lay down in the middle of the path. This happened a few times before I figured out that he wanted to run slower. I slowed down but then a strange man appeared ahead of us yelling about something to no one in particular (don't do drugs people). He terrified Bones who refused to go a step further towards this person. So we turned around and came home.


I think Bones may have done me a favor though. Since my legs have been so sore the past couple of days it would have been a bad idea to try to push 2 or more miles out of them today. Even though they felt great today I think an easy run is going to help in the long term. Tomorrow is a new day and we'll see how everything is feeling. It's supposed to be in the 100's temperature-wise so I may be running alone tomorrow, which will be good since I can run at my speed and my distance without worrying about my little furry babies.

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here. Day 11 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Day 11 of 30

Happy July 5th! I got my run out of the way early this morning. I was still pretty sore but the morning was so beautiful that I ended up running 1.5 miles instead of the 1 mile I had planned. I didn't even want to stop at 1.5 but my shins were starting to get painful and not just sore.




After our run I took the dogs to the dog park again. Bones had fun chasing a little chihuahua around. Hershey got her first bee sting though so she was limping around most of the time we were there. Her paw is much better now, luckily.



Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here. Day 10 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set? Did you have a good 4th of July?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Day 10 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Happy 4th Of July!!! It's such a beautiful day here today. Unfortunately I haven't been outside much to enjoy it! My goal this long weekend is to get our spare bedroom completely cleaned out since we have a friend moving in with us in August. In order to clean out the spare room I needed to completely reorganize my closet, the hall closet, and the living room. Today I wanted to get the bulk of it done so I can relax mostly tomorrow and Sunday.

I did get out for my daily run this morning and took my pups. My legs were so very sore today so I ran the slowest mile and then walked another mile with the dogs so they got some exercise in. I'm hoping tomorrow my legs aren't as sore so I can get a longer run in or even just a fast mile. Definitely going to be icing today and hopefully convince my hubby that I deserve a calf/shin massage ha!


After our jog/walk I took the dogs to the dog park where they played for about an hour. We saw this super awesome dog who had limited use of her front legs so her dad got her wheels! She doesn't act like she has only two legs and two wheels though. She's fast, playful, and very sweet. Bones really liked her too and kept following her around the park.


Bones is so tired after all of the fun today that he couldn't quite make it to his dog bed.


Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here. Day 9 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set? Any plans for 4th of July weekend!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Day 9 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Happy start to the 4th of July weekend! Mark another day off of my 30 day calendar. I feel fantastic! Yesterday I really started feeling more energetic from running every day. Today I felt really great too, didn't feel out of breath and the soreness in my legs didn't start up until I was at 1.9 miles. It was a bit warm today again so I'm glad that the three day week will be here so I can get my runs done early before the heat sets in.

At the start of our run we ran into Hershey's friends Fez and Chichi. I should have snapped a photo of them, and definitely will next time. Fez is pretty adorable because he and Hershey really like each other and their tails start going a mile a minute with excitement. Chichi is cute too but she isn't exactly friendly towards dogs not named Fez. Hershey wanted to play with both of them but we had to get our run done.



One cool thing about today was that the tower bridge went up to let a boat through. The last time I saw that happen a giant boat came through but today it was a teeny tiny sail boat that was just really tall. It was pretty neat so of course I had to stop to take a couple of pictures.




Day 1 is here. Day 2 is hereDay 3 is hereDay 4 is hereDay 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here. Day 8 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set? Any plans for 4th of July weekend!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Goals - Monthly Goals

Monthly Goals


I just found this blog today (it's amazing you should check it out now) and thought it would be not only fun, but also proactive to join this hop. I really like planning things and setting goals for myself but I never really thought to share them with you!

Here it goes!

1. Finish my 30 Day Running Challenge
2. Finish one of my WIP knitting projects
3. Clean out the spare bedroom
4. Clean out and organize my knitting stash
5. Take a bag lunch at least 4 days a week each week



Day 8 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Day 8 is now behind me! Today made up for yesterday pain-wise. No soreness, no twinges of pain. Everything felt fantastic! Still not back to my fastest mile time yet (7:58), but I will get there. I have less than 1 minute to shave off since I did today's 1 miler in 8:49. I'll get there!




Hershey didn't really want to run today. She was a slowpoke! I think she would have much rather moseyed around sniffing plants and other smells her doggy nose picks up. It's still been too warm to take Mr. Bones, which makes him sad. Since it's a 3-day weekend I'll be getting up when it's still cool enough to take him.

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is here. Day 3 is here. Day 4 is here. Day 5 is here. Day 6 is here. Day 7 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set? Any plans for 4th of July weekend!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Day 7 of 30 Day Running Challenge

Day 7 is complete! I've done a whole week of running at least one mile every day. I've had some shin pains here and there but overall I am feeling really good. I'm creeping up my distance and trying to increase my speed. I'm still a little turtle-y but I'll get there!


Today I had some shin pain, not soreness, but pain. My left shin which has typically been the better feeling shin, had some sharp stabbing pain. I ran through it but slowed way down. I was about halfway through and was determined to finish the 1.5 miles. I ended up slowing down and the pain went away. I was hoping for a pace of 9:45 but ended up at 10:11. Hopefully tomorrow I don't have the pain and can run a super quick mile.

Hershey of course got another compliment today. A nice, but somewhat creepy, guy said that she looked like a good dog. Then she growled a little at him because she doesn't like strangers. Hell, I don't like strangers either.

Day 1 is here. Day 2 is here. Day 3 is here. Day 4 is here. Day 5 is here. Day 6 is here.

Did you go for a run today? Meet any goals you set?