Greetings from warm Minnesota. I’m sure it was all of 75 this afternoon, and they’re forecasting 80 or above tomorrow. Unseasonably warm temps for us up north!
It got to be a late night at the farm with several employees gone and many new calves. I didn’t even have a chance to think about snapping photos tonight, but I do have some other updates…So while I wait for the pizza we just ordered to arrive, I’ll entertain you with statistics!
Thanks for the feedback yesterday about running stats. I don’t have a garmin, but I do usually run with my iPhone and turn on a program called RunKeeper. It tracks pace and distance, but doesn’t give splits ( just an average pace and current pace) during a run. It seems to get all wonky if there’s too much wind or lots of hills sometimes, but it gives me a general idea of how I’m doing. Instead of just reporting the final run figures, I decided to see if the corresponding RunKeeper website created any cool charts or graphs.
Once I logged on, up came my runs. And, to my joy, it also shows mile splits! So while I can’t see them while I’m running, I can at least look afterwards. I’m a numbers person, so this was a happy surprise.
Now presenting… my first running stats report:
Plan: Run on my lunch hour – 1 easy mile warm-up, followed by 2 miles tempo (I was shooting for about 8:45 pace) followed by another mile of easier cool down.
I don’t know if I fully believe the splits or not. I just don’t feel like I quite ran an 8:21 2nd mile, and I don’t feel like I slowed down THAT much on mile 3. But, this feedback does tell me that maybe I tend to fall off the pace faster than I think. I also still have a cold that is settling in my nose and head, so maybe that accounted for me not being able to hold the pace. I love to over analyze stats (and actually enjoyed my business stats course in college) so I think we’ve opened a can ‘o worms 😉
Now then, want to hear about some dairy farm stats?? Most of these are Minnesota-specific, so bear with me.
- Minnesota ranks 6th among the states in milk production
- 99% of all Minnesota dairy farms are family owned
- The average dairy cow in Minnesota gives 6.1 gallons of milk per day or about 2,236 gallons per year. Holy cow!
and for all you athletes out there…
- Research shows chocolate milk to be an effective recovery beverage for endurance or resistance activities. I personally love a glass of chocolate milk after a long run (unless my stomach is rebelling afterwards).
Source: Midwest Dairy Association
Do you like to track things (running, other exercise, money, calories)? Do you enjoy it, or can it sometimes drive you crazy?