We Are Runners

How do you know someone is a “Runner” with a capital R?  They run in all weather and laugh about it.  That was us today.

See those clouds?  They are white and fluffy at this point, which was at about 5km into the run.  It was just a little bit windy then and I was feeling just a little too warm in my windbreaker running jacket.

See, the sun was even shining through!

When I got to the beach I felt the wind really kick up.  It’s actually a good thing it had been raining so much lately because it made the sand heavy and damp and stick to the ground where it belongs and not sandblasting me instead.  There were a few very brave and/or crazy wind surfers getting their gear ready for a trip out into the windy surf.  The tide was very low so it was easy running on the beach.

The beach is the half way point.  When I head back up off the beach at Parnasia it’s about 7km into the run.  Running up off the beach is not what I do.  I walk.  It’s a hell of an incline in deep soft sand.  Run?  Ha!  DB runs up it.  He’s much more fit than I am.

Then I make a little loop and end up on the same track back to the starting point.

It still looks like ok weather doesn’t it?  DB is up ahead of me somewhere.  About 5 minutes after the above photo was taken a very dark cloud came over and dumped it’s load of water on us.  On the entire area of the dunes where we were running.  This was no light sprinkle.  This was big fat drops in heavy curtains of rain.  I was soaked in just a few minutes.  I soon began squishing in my shoes.  But you know what?  According to my TomTom running watch, my fastest kilometer was during the heaviest rain!  Nothing like bad weather to encourage even faster running to the end point.

It rained almost the entire last 5km that I ran.  It’s a very good thing that the wind was at our backs then or we would have been really cold.  As it was I was just wet, but not cold.  I kept on.  I laughed.  I figured, well, it could very well rain during the Dam to Dam race so I’d better be prepared for it.

In the end I ran 14km this morning.  DB ran 15.5km.  He’s really a natural.  I fight for every km I get.  Not to say that he doesn’t work at it!  He does!  I just wish I could keep up!

I took a photo of our shoes at the end of the run.  You can’t really tell from the photo but they are completely soaked through and our socks are muddy and heavy with water.  We are runners hear us slosh.

14 million, plus 2

What’s the big news?  We’re moving to London!

So.  It’s out now.  I had to wait until DB told his boss that he’s quitting his job and moving to London before I could write about it here.  He thinks at least one of his colleagues reads this blog.  Hmmmm, I only know 6 people who read it, but I can’t really know, can I?

Anyway, we are moving because I have a new job and it’s in London.  It’s a great job, otherwise I wouldn’t put us both through this turmoil.  We’ve decided to sell our house.  DB is quitting his job.  It’s a lot to ask.  It better be a damned AMAZING job.

Also as a consequence I’m closing down Yarns Apart.  I have a big sale going on now, so if you are looking for some special yarn, go check it out now before it’s all gone.  The prices listed are the sale prices and include 19% Dutch VAT.  If you live outside the EU, the 19% will be taken off your shopping cart amount when you enter your ship to address.

Also as a consequence I probably won’t be posting here so often.  We are super busy getting our house ready to put on the market and just getting everything ready for this big event.  I start my new job in October but will commute for 3 months.  In January we need to be living in London.

I do have a few photos for you.  I quickly knit up this baby cardigan and hat.  My new boss just had a baby.  Well, his wife did.  No, this is not brown nosing.

The above photo is the most accurate for color.  The yarn is Pigeonroof Studios Sport weight in 80% merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon.  The pattern is Sunnyside Baby Sweater (the cable version).  The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, but I had sport weight, so I made the smallest size and ended up with the middle size when finished.  I improvised the hat to match the cable and garter pattern of the sweater.  I think it is just adorable!

And what’s on my needles now?  I’m still working on the first part of a lace shawl, which is taking forever.  I’m still working on a second sock (of my own design).  And I’ve just cast on a brioche vest, of my own design, that will be fabulous!  I hope.  I promise to at least keep up the blog with knitting photos.  And running news.  And moving news.  And that’s all that’s happening in my life anyway!