Knitting and running may seem like two passions that sit on completely different sides of the cafeteria, but Northwestern University senior Meredith Parmalee has found a way to bring them together.
This Sunday, Parmalee will knit a scarf while running all 26.2 miles of the New York City Marathon.
This is Parmalee’s first marathon, but she has been training hard since the summer with a ball of yarn wrapped around her wrist. “The more I started doing runs while knitting, the more it became second nature for me,” she said. “It helps distract me from thinking about running . . . and my legs hurting and my arms hurting. It helps me keep my mind off of it.”
In addition, Parmalee intends to use her attention-grabbing feat to bring awareness to, and raise funds for, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.