Tapering is a term in running which refers to reducing the workload as you approach a race – to be fresh to do your best. It is a difficult period for most runners, because you get anxious that you will lose ground when you are not actively training.
I am currently starting to taper for the Portland marathon, which is in 3 short weeks, so I “only” ran 16 miles this Saturday. Of course, then I ran 8 miles on Sunday, so I still did a pile of mileage – just over 2 days. I need to reduce my effort significantly, but I am tapering my “taper”. Right?
As usual, I am finding parallels between my running and my knitting. My part of the Book is done, and other people are working hard to pull it all together. I am not allowed to change or add anything, but I can’t seem to stop knitting patterns from the content. I think this is a good sign, that I still love them, and they still work when I knit them. But really, I need to move on! I knit two Rose City hats this week, and they will be gifts to folks who contributed their time and energy to the Book, and will love the hats. And, since I really liked the yarn for one of them, I am going to knit one for myself. Then I will be DONE. (Yeah, right) If you want to see a sneak peek of “Annetarsia Knits”, check out the new e-mail sign up page, here on the website.
Anyway, I am back to working on the Roseleaves tunic, which I love, immensely. And, I have a new project to distract me. Linda Cortwright sent a design for Dreaming of Shetland, but she didn’t send a finished sample. It took awhile for us to notice this, but when we did, I volunteered to knit the project. And look what they sent me to knit with! Today is a good day. This project should distract me as I try not to feel guilty for running less in the next few weeks.