Crocheting? Running? Has CRJ gone off the deep bend? Well, that may be debatable, but sometimes it’s good to have a little fun with your running — and your blog. My mind is a strange place that likes to come up with analogies.
Think crocheting and knitting have nothing to do with running? Despite the runners who knit while running (and just how do they do that?), there is a connection.
You need the equipment
People love to say that running is cheaper than therapy, and it’s true you don’t really need a lot — but if you want to remain pain and injury free, you do need to invest in a few critical things for running:
- Good running shoes
- Technical running clothes (cotton is not your friend for running)
- Good socks
There’s lots more you can invest in when it comes to running — it isn’t really cheaper than therapy — but you absolutely need these basics. In fact, I’d also suggest:
- Sport Sunscreen
You need the basics for crocheting, too, although I know there are people who knit and crochet using their fingers, but even they need some sort of fiber to knit or crochet. At the bare minimum you’ll need:
- A basic set of crochet hooks
- Small scissors
- Tape measure
Just like running, there is a lot more you can invest in, but those basics will get you up and crocheting your first scarf. You don’t even need a hot-to book — just google what you want to know! Wish I’d had Youtube decades ago when I taught myself to knit and crochet.
You need to build a good foundation
You start off your crochet project with a foundation chain. It’s the basis of your whole project and it can really make a difference: too tight and your project will pucker at the base; too loose and your project will end up much wider than you anticipated (and you just might run out of yarn).
Running requires a good foundation, too, only in runner-speak, it’s call base building. You need to get your body used to running when you start or when you’re coming back from injury/illness or an off season.
Hop in at the same pace/mileage you were used to when you were at the peak of your training and you are likely to find yourself with aches and pains — if not worse. Skip that base building altogether and you almost certainly invite injury — you may feel good while your running, but your joints won’t be ready for those harder workouts and you will suffer the consequences.
It takes time to learn
Both running and crocheting are simple hobbies. Or so it would appear on the surface. But there’s always something to learn.
Sometimes you need to start over
When it comes to crocheting, you will make mistakes. Of course you won’t notice them right away nine times out of ten. You’ll notice them 10 rows later — and then you have a choice: rip out those 10 rows and redo them or leave your mistake alone.
Life happens. You get too busy to run. You’re injured. Or you’re sick. Or a family member is sick. Sometimes it’s a few days, sometimes it’s a few weeks, sometimes it’s months at a time.
Starting over is frustrating but you can’t jump in at the same place you left off with. I repeat: you can’t jump in at the same place you left off with. Play it smart, take it slow, and your body will adapt to running much quicker than it did when you first started to run.
Starting in at the same mileage and pace as where you left off, if it’s been more than a week, is a recipe for disaster.
Sometimes you need a coach
Back in the day, for me, my coach for learning to knit and crochet were how-to books and co-workers. Today we have Youtube — which is a wonderful thing, because when I don’t crochet or knit for years and forget simple things like casting on, casting off, or even tying a slipknot, I don’t even need a book — I just google it.
You can google an awful lot about running. You can learn a lot from blogs. If you’re new to running — or even if you’ve been doing it a while — a coach can help you get to the next level, simply motivate you to do it, help you run injury free, and so much more. No doubt you’ve heard me sing the praises of Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy — I totally recommend her, and have recommended her to friends (if only they’d listen!).
Can’t afford a coach? Look around your town for running and/or training groups. Our local running group has a coach that helps people with speedwork. There are quite a few local training groups — some to get you started running, some to get you to run longer, and some keyed to a specific race. They all have coaches and/or mentors. In fact, I’ll be one of the many mentors for the Freihofers Training Challenge if you’re a local.
Most training groups are larger, and you won’t get that one-on-one attention of a personal coach, but you’ll still learn new things and most likely you’ll enjoy meeting new runners.
Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:
What analogies for running can you think of?
Anything you’d add to my list?
Have you ever tried to knit or crochet — or something equally as challenging — on the run?