Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bunnies, bunnies everywhere

It surely is spring here in Little Rock.  We've had two violent storms in the past week that left damage all over the area.  Amazingly, we avoided all damage, including power outages.  Our neighbor wasn't so lucky.  A tulip poplar in their front yard was completely uprooted and is now laying on it's side.  It did earn him a well deserved "yard of the month" sign from the neighborhood association.  So, that's something.

While out for a quick run on Tuesday morning, a came across two bunnies, another sign of spring, also out for a run (or a chase).  I was in the road when I first saw them running in a yard along the right side of me.  The two crossed the street in front of me and continued to run alongside me, now on the left side of the road.  Then, they crossed in front of me again and ran along, back on the right side of the road.  They crossed the street one more time to the left side and ran in the opposite direction I was running. I wish they had run with me the whole way!

Later, I came across a new and FREE Mochimochi pattern for baby bunnies.  Well, I couldn't resist and decided to make some, with a bit of a twist.  Mine are rings, inspired by a different Mochimochi creation.  I simply added a 2-stitch i-cord that I threaded as a loop to the underside of each bunny.  Cute, cute cute.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Running into Spring

This morning I went out for a run barefoot.  Being my first time since, perhaps, before I was a teenager, I kept it short.  The first thing I realized is that I needed to shorten my stride and run with quick, short steps.  The second thing I realized is that the little rocks and grit on the sidewalk and roads hurt my wimpy feet. 

Despite running with Fido on trails for an hour at a time without pain, a 30 minute run on pavement last Thursday left me with pain in my knee that lasted a couple days.  Steve's advice: run barefoot.  In fact, he said, "Save the feet, hurt the knees."  I totally buy that, but how long before I build up enough tolerance to actually run barefoot for more than 10 minutes?  And, do I really want hobbit feet anyway?  Or, should I become one of those people with the silly looking five finger shoes?

On a different running note, Diane Van Deren's advantage as an ultra-runner: the lobectomy surgery she had to cure her epilepsy.  To be fair, she was a pro-athlete (in tennis, I think) before the epilepsy appeared, but it's fascinating that by removing part of her brain, she no longer suffers the mental torture of endurance running.  She's completely present while running with no thought of how long she's been out or how much longer she'll be out.  You can hear her discuss her experience with epilepsy and running on a recent Radiolab podcast: