I wonder how it is that I decide to do 5k for five days a week and with today's sendoff, I carefully go 1.55 miles away from home, turn back and carefully retrace my steps and once I'm about a half a block away from home I check my mileage only to discover I've completed 2.8 miles and a smidge? How can that happen? I retraced my steps! And consider the fact that I'm so honest and since I promised myself that I'd do exactly 5k (3.11 miles) that, I had to criss-cross the street in front of all the neighbors in order to add to the distance. I criss-crossed like you do when tacking, is that what they call it when you zig zag when in a boat? They tell you to do that while skiing downhill, too, but for a different reason, maybe so you don't go down the face of the hill and gain too much momentum and end up face down in the powder and tangled up in one of those "Do Not Cross" signs. That happened to me one time and I haven't been skiing since. No, wait: I have been skiing since. But that time, I turned both knees inside out and had to come down the hill sitting on my brother's skis.
This "walking a certain number of miles or kilometers" is for the birds, if you ask me (even though I'm still going to do it). It's kind of like saying you're going to "knit a certain number of inches" before end of day or something. Or telling yourself you have to complete a whole sweater in a month. Or write a certain number of words in a month.
I mean, if you're using chunky yarn, don't you knit fewer stitches than you would with a sport weight? What if you're knitting a really small sweater? Or writing a really short book? Or if you use longer words than other people? Or sprinkle in douche-y phrases like "as it were"? Is "and" a less significant word than "sucker?" Or "onomatopoeia"? What about "I"? Some people who write use "I" a heck of a lot more than other words, that's for sure. So, if someone were to use that word a lot more than the next guy does it get more weight, or less?
Cables? If you're doing cables do you get a better score, or if the goal is to knit any sweater, and you happened to finish one in a month with cables, does the pickle lady at the LYS get the same amount of "invisible" points because she used chunky acrylic with a smatter of eyelash in a neon color? Whatch'a going to do when you bring your sweater-in-a-month to your group when it's time to compare notes?
I, for one, have a lot of hills around me. Does this mean that even though I came in at 3.08 miles today that I get a break and can say that I practically did 4.08 due to the hills?
Yes, I think so.
Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.