On the docket

When I was an LYSO (local yarn store owner), knitters were categorized into one of two categories: process or project knitters.

Process knitters enjoyed the techniques, the skills, the actual process of knitting. Maybe fair isle, maybe intarsia, maybe cabling–whatever it was, process knitters were in it for the process.

Project knitters fall in love with projects, no matter the skills needed, and had TO. MAKE. THAT. IMMEDIATELY.

I’m a project knitter. Plain and simple. I fall in love with projects and make them. And I learn the techniques I need to make that project. But for me, it’s all about the project.

Now that I’m coming to the end of my first full year of running and participating in running events (not so sure I should define this as “racing,” as I’m not so fast and there’s no hope of ever winning), I think I’m a project runner, too.

I enjoy running. I like getting up early and lacing up. It’s all good. But I’m not going to run on a treadmill, and all by myself, it’s really hard to get psyched up for hills or intervals or speed work, or whatever.

I now realize I need the motivation of an event (race?) to make it happen. And not just any event. It’s got to have something…either good company, or a beautiful route, or a new challenge, or even better–a fabulous destination.

This fall, after the Providence Half, I think I already knew this deep down inside, so even though I’ve got the craziest fall work schedule, I still signed up for a casual training program for the Philly Half marathon, and got myself a coach who built me a training program (again for Philly, but looking forward to Surf City). And when my gimpy hip started acting up and I missed the registration for the Philly Half, I felt unmoored. What will my event be? Where will I focus my energies?

I still want to do one more long event in 2012. I had contemplated the Trenton Half, but my hip is still wonky and I’m not feeling the love for Trenton. (Really, Trenton? Great destination? Nope). A quick perusal through the interwebs have led me to either one of these: 1. Ted Corbitt Classic (a 15k in NYC’s Central Park on 12/15) or 2. the Staten Island Trail Festival which gives the option for a 10K, 25K or 50K on 12/8.

Both these races hit at least one box in my checklist–a new challenge/interesting destination.  I’ve never done a trail race or 25k (challenge), and I’d love to do a race in Central Park (destination).  I’m really at a loss as to which to choose.  I like the idea of the Central Park race because of the options for tasty food afterwards and the ease of getting into the city, but NYRR events are so huge, it’s a bit of a turn-off.  That being said, the Staten Island trail run is a bit long for me (25k would be my event), and since it’s a week earlier, it gives me a little less time to get this hip better (and I don’t want to jeopardize Surf City in Feb).

And I can’t even begin to think about 2013–Surf City, two RTBs (potentially), and (with some luck and good planning) the ING Amsterdam Half Marathon.

I know, I know…first world problems. I’m lucky to have them.



  1. What an interesting comparison. As a knitter, I know that I’m a project knitter, too. But, I’d never considered the parallel as a runner. Now that I do, I know that I’m a process runner. Interesting! I’ll have to give this more thought!

    • you know, the longer i do both (in tandem–knitting and running), i’m finding more and more parallels. the repetition of the stitch work (and the repetition of legs moving). both being a solitary activity (even when done in a group, there are times you can zone out and just be within yourself)…maybe that’s why I enjoy both so much?

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