Look, life is hard. Sometimes it seems impossible to get anything done. Walking from the couch to the refrigerator can be an epic journey. And normally, I feel pretty OK about my limited capacity as a human in the face of the incredible continual entropy of life. But then every once in a while, I read something about someone who seems to have a spectacular handle on things, on a semi-Oprah level. Like this dude, David Babcock, who not only ran the New York City marathon last weekend, he was knitting a scarf with his fingers while he did it. Oh, also? He was running to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Babcock, who is a graphic design professor at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg by day, holds the world record for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon, which I did not know was even a category, honestly. As he was knitting, he was stitching the words “I’ll remember for you” into the scarf.
“I would pass by someone and they would say, ‘Is that guy knitting?'” He told the Daily News. “And I would yell back, ‘I am knitting.'” In case you’re curious about his technique of running while knitting, Babcock has an instructional video. As for guidelines about how to not just like, spend your life sitting on couches, you’ll have to talk to someone other than me.