A few months back, I heard about this goofy sounding race called Warrior Dash.
I didn't know much about it. Just that if you signed up, you got a viking helmet, a tee shirt, and a beer. Why not? I could use a viking helmet!

Decided that I had better start running, to prepare for this thing. Discovered that I HATE running. Even more than I remembered ever hating running. My brother, suggested that I look into Vibrams which have got to be the goofiest looking shoes that I have ever seen. Decided it was worth a shot, and bought a pair.

Holy hell! LOVE THEM! The most comfortable shoes I have ever run in, period. My knee pain, which has always been damn near disabling when I run, completely went away. Armed with the Couch to 5K app on my phone, I became a running fool this summer. Over 100 degrees out? I ran until I saw spots. Raining? I would wait for it to just be drizzling, and out I would go.
Then one day, I noticed my stride felt kind of choppy. After about 3 miles, I got back home, and when I started walking, felt PAIN! Got inside, and saw this:


It was a little swollen...

Now. Here is the part where I admit to all of you what an idiot I am. I don't handle "resting" very well. I played roller derby with a fractured shoulder that was constantly popping out of it's socket. When I was told not to use that shoulder, I started doing one armed push ups instead of regular push ups. (see, technically NOT using that shoulder)
So it shouldn't have been a surprise that, when the swelling went down a little the next day, I went for another 3 mile run. Which made it swell more. Which made me frustrated, so I would run on it AGAIN. See? Idiocy.
Pretty soon my ankle looked like this:

Gross right?

So learned my lesson. Took the week before Warrior Dash completely off.

Then.. it was time! This was honestly one of the most fun days I have had! I am now a mud running junkie! Check out all the pics of the insanity!

The mud at the end. This dude carried a shield and spear through the entire course. We fell in love with him a little bit.


This guy is a good example of "before" cleaning up in the lake. Dill is modeling the viking helmet you got for signing up. Also his shirt? Was totally white before the race. I don't think it'll ever be white again.


See? Before picture with our friend Chris. White shirt.


My face. It was muddy.


Those flames were actually kind of intimidating. I thought the fire jump would be mostly for show. But no. There were two sets of flames, that were actually pretty darn high! It was a little scary actually!

This was AFTER cleaning mud off myself. There was no getting clean. Two showers later and I still found mud up my nose. Dill found some in his ear that night when we were out drinking.

We hung at the Warrior site for a while. There was a great band from Chicago, playing Irish Rock! They had crappy beer though, (I did drink one, since it was free for finishing the race) and no veggie friendly food. So we decided to go home, clean up, and go to Shallo's in Greenwood for food and beer.


Bless the bartender at Shallo's. They have a total lack of vegetarian friendly food, so I ordered two house salads, since I was starving. The bartender offered to make me one GIGANTIC salad instead. It was amazing.



And we drank beer. Lots, and lots of beer. Okay, I had 4 beers. But for me that is lots and lots of beer.

I am now a mud race addict. Signed up for another one called Rebel Race in September. Also getting a team together for Tough Mudder next year. That one is 12 miles, and looks a little extreme. I'm all over it!

If you get a chance to do something like Warrior Dash, I highly recommend it! We had an absolute blast! Even Dill, who I somewhat dragged kicking and screaming into this adventure!

Sorry. Not a fun post about trekking off to the woods in Wisconsin, or my fabulous horse and his incredible mane of hair, or my wacky coffee shop customers. This is a practical, informative, knitting needle post. Not nearly as much fun, but useful for those googling what the heck kind of interchangeable needles to buy!

The first interchangeable needles I ever bought were the Denise Boyle ones that can be found in any big box craft store. They look like this:



I would post a pic of my actual set, but they are tear stained, tangled, and the majority of them are probably in the garbage. It never failed that I would be knitting along on a project only to realize that the damn things had come unscrewed and my stitches were dropping. I would knit 2 stitches, tighten the needle, knit 2 stitches, tighten the needle. Very frustrating set.
Then I bought the Denise Interchangeable needle set.


LOVE these needles. They click and lock in, as opposed to screwing on. Never have fallen apart while knitting, great needles, but limited sizes. Not a huge fan of the plastic tips, but the fact that they don't fall still makes them a good buy. My biggest problem with those is that I got into magic loop knitting and knitting two circular items at once. (The sleeves of a sweater, or arm warmers for example) The cable on these needles is so thick, it's impossible to do any sort of magic loop knitting.

Then Knit Picks had a sale on these:

Options Interchangeable Zephyr Acrylic Circular Knitting Needle Set from KnitPicks.com - Clear knitting needles with needle case

Options acrylic needles:

Super flexible cables. They do screw in, however after several weeks of knitting with them I haven't had one come loose on me. The only downside with these needles is I wish I had just sprung for the wooden or metal ones. I'm not a huge fan of the acrylic tips on these guys. For the price I paid, I'm fine with it. But I'm going to save up for another set. The nice thing about these is I can use the same cables on the wooden or metal tips they sell!

So, if you're into magic loop knitting, or large circular items, the knit picks interchangeable needles are the way to go. They also have an option to try all three tips:
http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/TRY_IT_Needle_Set__D90589.html?intmedid=NeedleHome-SubAd-TINS

I recommend that if you're unsure.

Right. Super boring informative post DONE! Next time I'll blog about the wine tasting we went on which ended in doing surgery on a stupid frog that swallowed a plastic plant. (Don't fear, he's still alive) Not that we WANTED to do surgery on the frog. But if we didn't, he would have died. But again, that's another post!

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