Sunday, October 29, 2006

I finished! And I'm alive!

And I finished on my own 2 feet! I was going to bring a disposable camera but I left it at home. Instead, I pulled out the trusty cell phone and took pictures at various mile markers. Now, we get to relive that exeperience here, while I'm lying motionless on my bed. Here's the course map in pdf format. Warning that it takes a while to load.
My actual thoughts in bold.

Here we are before the start. Reshma on the left, me on the right. Don't we look clean and not sweaty? Our start actually got delayed because after the first wave left, there was some "security" issue that had to be cleared up

While approaching mile 1: mmm...Chipotle. Hey Starbucks. The office is just 2 blocks up, I could go use the bathroom there

03-mile2Mile 2 up Lee Highway. This hill was a lot bigger than I had expected. The pack was still thinning out here. I didn't get to take a picture in Rosslyn cuz it was just too crowded.
04-mile3Spout Run, as we're headed to GW Parkway and the Key Bridge. Lots of wooded areas. Guys are lucky that they can just run off to the side and shield themselves if nature calls. Not so easy for women.
05-mile4Grr...hill. Almost into Georgetown. Almost into Georgetown where there are oranges.
06-mile5Georgetown and Mile 5. Where are those oranges???
07-mile6Need to take the long sleeves off. This is a good place. Must also pay attention to side of road for a hidden wooded area to use the facilities.
08-mile7Still in woods. Still no good places to run off into nature
09-mile8This means we're almost out of Rock Creek Park, right? Really must find some place to go because I can't go on the Mall
10-mile9This area had potential...some wooded area by the river. Yes, I went

So, I didn't take any pictures on the Mall cuz I was tired then. However, between miles 12 and 13, the high school marching bad was playing Rock 'n Roll part 2, so while most people are yelling "Hey!", I was yelling (and pointing) and doing the Cornell hockey version of: "da da da SIEVE! dada dada da da da da SIEVE! WE'RE GONNA BEAT THE HELL OUTTA YOU. F'em up! F'em up! Go CU! " That pepped me up. So around the mall and down Independence and back towards the Tidal Basin. My leg started to cramp up bit just before mile 15.

11-mile16Welcome to Hell

Hain's Point and East Potomac Park is really awful because there really isn't much there. I had been running 2 lamp post lengths and walking 2 lamp post lengths. At mile 18 is the 'tortured look' of the Awakening. As many point out, it's appropriately fitting. It was sometime after this that my leg cramped up again after a little bit of running and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to finish. I decided that if I walked the rest of the way, I should be okay. I just kept moving, wasn't hard, legs were on autopilot at a brisk pace. They were also telling us that if we kept moving, we'd make it across the bridge before it was opened up to traffic. Now the goal was "Beat the Bridge". I was very tempting to stop at the medical tent and just stop. I think that was when I hit the wall. I also put my long sleeve back on just before exiting East Potomac Park. It was getting cold.

13-mile21Beat the Bridge, baby! This was the other side, on Virginia soil. I'm almost there and the first checkpoint is passed and if I can keep walking, I can finish. No Recovery Bus for me!
14-mile23Where are those Jelly Belly Sports Beans? Are they all out? Crystal City is so evil to be floating the smell of BBQ.
15-mile25mmm...Five Guys. It's just up the hill from the finish. mmm...grease...I want a little cheeseburger with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoe, fried onions, sauteed mushrooms. I can just smell that grease
16-mile26Mile 26. F-ing 2 tenths of a mile up a f-ing hill. I knew this was coming but still.
17-endI'M DONE! I'M DONE!

Post race, we stopped in the office to use the bathroom and went to Five Guys. I forgot to get ketchup and mustard. My legs are starting to stiffen up, but I'm alive. Supposedly, I finished 6 hours, 32 minutes and 42 seconds. And here's the "Don't try this at home" part. All summer, the most I had run was 20K, which is about 12.4 miles. I was trying not to do this whole "If I've done half the distance, the other half wouldn't be that hard" deal like I did last year with the VA Beach Rock N Roll Half marathon. Somehow, though, it did work out that way.

Marathon morning

I can't f*ing believe I'm doing this.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Even my stars are telling me to finish up.

From my daily horoscope email:
Dear judy,
Here is your horoscope
for Friday, October 27:

Peak productivity is within your reach. The stars urge you to buckle down, get serious and, above all, tackle at least one of those projects that you had vowed to finish many, many weeks ago. You can do it!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Damn you Doceur et Soie!

So, my Doceur et Soie is backordered and will take at least 2 weeks to get to the distributors before it will even think of shipping out to me. Boo hoo. I was hoping to work on Wing-o-the-Moth while away. In this case, I may ball up the tencel and start in on...Frost Flowers. Damn you, Eunny Jang!
And did anyone get the Woodland Woolworks catalog in the mail? OMG. If I had the time and money. There are actually some interesting designs in there I'd like to try out.
Okay. Focus. Focus.

  • Finish other Anna sock

  • Finish the Somewhat Cowl sleeves so I can wear it out and get opinions on the body

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Spinning wheel, got to go round

"What goes up, must come down. Spinning wheel, got to go round." - "Spinning Wheel" Blood Sweat and Tears.
You know what, the axel goes up, and sometimes it takes an extra push from my hands to go back down. And THEN the spinning wheel turns.

This week was week one of spinning. I like it! Beads are like crack. One of my friends said the yarn is like weed. Spinning...I say it's something like morphine or opium. I'm happy and sedated.
I'm borrowing Patricia's spare wheel since I don't have one (yet) and spinning, spinning, spinning...WHEE!!!!!!


Tote Exchange loot

I got my bag from the tote exchange. I like. It's black with a dark grey stripe...perfect for me in winter since I like those colors. Would you believe that in the winter, I tend to dress darker, partly because I spent a lot of time with New Yorkers but also because if I wake up grumpy, bright colors will make me grumpier? Black and dark grey don't make me grumpier. And this bag is big enough to lug some knitting around in. I also got some tea candles (yay!) and some candy (mmm!).

Sunday, October 15, 2006

I've got ... a sock ... oh yeah!

Well, I've got part of a sock. It's my first pair of socks. The Anna socks from Rowan, #40 I believe. I've read enough of other blogs to know to switch from my size 2 needles down to 1 when I approached the ankles. So far so good!
And a different view
For your listening pleasure, the inspiration for the title of this post.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


I put on shorts today. Along with a sleeveless top. And for good measure, I put something long sleeve over that...for before I warmed up. This was before I stepped out of the house. After I stepped out of the house, it still felt a bit cold, but that's okay.
Then I got into the car and saw that it was 30 something degrees. How did no one mention this critical fact to me? So my plan to run 16 miles today did not come to fruition. I ran maybe the first 2 or 3 miles. And then I was over in East Potomac Park. And my muscles just didn't work. The river side of the park was ridiculously cold with the wind blowing off the river. So I walked around East Potomac park and got back to the tidal basic and walked myself to the Smithsonian metro where I returned to my car. Overall, a not so successful morning. I did decide to knit myself a wool cap because the wind blowing against my head was giving me a headache.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Why? Why? Why? Someone needs to explain to my why I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon. Because tomorrow morning, I'm getting up before the crack of dawn to run something like 15-17 miles. And I'm already tired and getting more tired just thinking about it. So, why did I sign up for MCM? It's not like I can blame my friend Reshma this time. I was the one who signed up for it.

I think this is going to be my route tomorrow: Gotta love google pedometer. How does one replace close to 2000 calories? Judy needs to replace at least 1500, for fear that she will get another headache that doesn't go away until she goes to sleep tomorrow night. Judy is really tired. That's why she's talking in the 3rd person.

Thursday, October 12, 2006



Class on Sunday. Now it's time for sleep.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Being bad

I'm being bad and not going to the gym today. TeeHee. :-)

The next Monday and Tuesday nights, I'll be at Springwater taking the spinning wheel class. I can not tell you how excited about this I am. I've even started pricing out wheels! Someone had mentioned to me before about spinning all sorts of hair, even human hair and I didn't think much of it. Well, today, I was actually thinking...hmm, my hair does seem to build up and clump up in the bathroom and become this ball of hair that gets to be a bit disgusting if one is not careful to remove it. Anyone who's ever had long hair knows what I'm talking about here. The short hairs don't stick together as well. Of course, this led to the thought of, "well, I guess that why you want to start off spinning with longer hair because they stick well together" and I started wondering about taking the hair off of my bathroom floor and spinning that into fiber. Like I said, being bad.

Monday, October 09, 2006

"Douceur et Soie"

Anyone have any interest in splitting a bag (or two) of this with me? I'd like to get Cafe Au Lait (8845). And by splitting "a bag (or two)", I'm also willing to get two bags and split with someone...
This is laceweight yarn, 70% mohair, 30% silk. 25 grams, 225 yds per skein. 10 skeins per bag. $82.50 per bag.
I want to use the Cafe Au Lait to make the Wing-o-the-Moth shawl.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Another knit along

I found another knit along for me. It's the hockey knit along, to knit some items for charity while watching hockey, now that the season has begun. Funny, I found it while I was knitting watching a night of hockey after a long off season.

My First Fiber Festival

I was going to go to the MD Sheep and Wool Festival this past May but I ended up down in New Orleans at Jazzfest because my friend John was moving to Germany.
Today, I went to the Virginian Fiber Festival. Note that it's been raining here for a couple of days and we didn't know if it has also been raining down there. Well, it was and so it was REALLY muddy. Helena drove and her car is pretty low to the ground. We got stuck trying to leave and there were guys in the parking lot whose jobs were to direct traffic but they ended up pushing cars out of the mud and onto solid ground. Our shoes?


I must say, the running has come in handy because I've worked my way through a few pairs of sneakers. I had chosen to wear the oldest pair of sneakers I had, those would be the ones that are not white. I threw in the orange ones as a comparison of what my shoes normally look like. And you can see that the mud seeped into my shoes to my socks and splattered onto my jeans.
Loot you ask?

  1. vafiber-loot-01On the left, it's Euroflax Linen. It feels rough but after a few washes, it becomes really soft. On the right, that over a pound of lace weight tencel in "Persian Red." Mmm...laceweight...

  2. vafiber-loot-03Roving. I don't spin...yet. But I'm taking the wheel spinning class at Springwater Fibers in a couple of weeks with Helena and Patricia. Helena and I decided to buy some roving as inspiration. The braid is a merino/cashmere blend. I like cashmere.

  3. vafiber-loot-02Click on the picture, enlarge it. Yes, that's right, you read it right. Size 000, 40 inch circular needles. I like laceweight. If you didn't know that I'm a little crazy when it comes to the knitting or beading, you really have not been paying attention to my blogging.

I arrived with only cash, and I came home with cash. Whoo hoo!

October 2006

I don't think I accomplished any of my goals from September. Wait, I did finish the grand dutch spiral necklace and I need to post a picture.
Somewhat Cowl? I'm working the sleeves and I may re do the body. I'm also just about done with the Autumn Leaves pattern since class is next week.

For October, I hope to:
  1. Finish the Somewhat Cowl, whatever form it is in (only if I don't have to order more yarn)
  2. Line my Tote Exchange bag. This needs to arrive at its destination by the last day of the month.

Ya, that's it. I may have additional items like...make necklaces as presents for my relatives. So much to do!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Knit Goes On

We did knit tonight, even if the the founder of the Sweet Life Knitters was far far away. I was knitting my Rowan Anna socks. I'm otherwise still working the sleeves (on two circulars) for the Somewhat Cowl. It's getting bulky to be lugging around.

Saturday, I'm supposed to teach the beginning florals class. If no one signs up, I'm going to the VA fiber festival. Hmmmmmmmm...

One of the blogs I read is the Yarn Harlot's blog. She and her significant other of many years finally got married. I was moved (?) by today's post where there was a link to an organization for the unmarried and otherwise single and I must say, it struck a cord. I like my singleness. I like the freedom. I don't mind men, I like men in fact. But unlike most people in my life who feel that I need to get married, I am perfectly happy on my own and am willing to wait until I find the right one. Apparently, there's a name for people like me. It's called quirky alone and how did I score on their quiz?
How quirkyalone are you?
Your score was 91. Very quirkyalone:
Relatives may give you quizzical looks, and so may friends, but you know in your heart of hearts that you are following your inner voice. Though you may not be romancing a single person, you are romancing the world. Celebrate your freedom on National Quirkyalone Day, February 14th!


Sunday, October 01, 2006


I think I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. So many projects that I've started and in the middle of. A few projects I need to finish with actual deadlines. Projects in my head. I've been very tired for the past couple of weeks and made time out this weekend to actually take naps. I don't usually take naps because I feels as if there's way too much other stuff to do.

The Somewhat Cowl is not finished. I'm working on the sleeves. Then I'd be done...except that I think I may rip out the body/waist shaping and redo it. I'm bringing it to snb to get opinions, after I've finished the sleeves.