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A dam good time AND last chance to win books/yarn

Bluestone Dam, Hinton, WV
Yesterday morning I headed to town to participate in the inaugural 5K Dam Walk/Run sponsored by the local family resource center to help fund child abuse prevention services. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It's called the Dam Walk/Run because the start and finish are at the Bluestone Dam in Hinton.

I had registered as a runner, but ended up joining the walkers instead. The field was small, and the last time I ran in a small local event I came in last among the women and next to last overall, and I wasn't eager to repeat that experience. As it turns out, I watched the last two runners come in, so I wouldn't have been last after all. Ah, well. My not wanting to be last is simply my ego getting in my way.

I ran when I could and walked when I needed a break, trying to achieve three 14-minute miles, but missing the mark slightly. The walking route was slightly less than 5K. My result, according to the Garmin, was 3.06 miles in 43:57 for a pace of 14:21.

Today's miles might be on the elliptical. Looking at the weather map, we're going to be steadily rained upon for most of the day. Or maybe there won't be any miles today, as I've logged 19 this week. Not my greatest week, but not my worst either, and I can get my heart rate up by cleaning and mopping the acre of flooring that REALLY needs some attention.

Next up: This is the last day to leave a comment to win one of three book+yarn packages. I haven't chosen the yarn yet, but here are the books:

From left to right: Debbie Stoller's Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation, Melanie Fallick's Kids Knitting and Fallick and Kristin Nicholas's Knitting for Baby (the link takes you to the second printing which has a different cover, you will be receiving the edition which was originally published in 2002.) You knitters will recognize all these talented designers. To win, simply leave a comment before midnight Eastern time TONIGHT.

I'm going to add enough yarn to complete one of the projects in the accompanying book, which means part of my day I'll be buried in the yarn closet.

Hmmm, not a bad way to spend some time, right?


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What a weekend! But first, how was yours? I hope you did some fun stuff and got some necessary stuff done, as well. It's all about balance.

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