Greetings from Minnesota. Well, it came. Our first snow of the season started early Saturday morning, and flakes were still falling well after dark.
We haven’t had many hard freezes yet, and the weekend temps hovered right around 30 degrees. When we get snow without frozen ground at the farm, what ensues is a wet, muddy mess. As a less than graceful (read clumsy) individual, I was happy I avoided landing face-first in the slippery sludge 😉
I like to photograph picturesque or interesting scenes, but the reality of farming is often less than idyllic. Sometimes grey skies and muddy ground is just a fact, and if I’m going to try to embrace different seasons I might as well document them! Do you see someone attempting to get muddy paws?…
In the midst of all this, we need to make sure our animals stay dry. Bedding them with fresh straw is always important, and especially so during damp weather. The ladies below are about 5 months old, and they enjoyed snacking on their bedding in addition to nestling in it!
Straw is just the dried stalk leftover once grains like wheat or oats are harvested. It doesn’t have a lot of nutrients like alfalfa hay, but it is still a dry forage and cattle like to munch on it when it’s freshly added – We timed bedding right before feeding so we could promptly give the calves grain and hay so they didn’t eat too much straw!
I didn’t run at all this weekend, but I feel I did some major cross training.
When I blog it seems I mention an activity like riding bike for 30 minutes, but fail to discuss a full 8+ hours of outdoor work on a given weekend day. With some extra projects at the farm and dealing with the snow and mud, I just didn’t find the time to run. When I have a free morning it can be hard to peel myself out of bed and put on my running shoes. When I don’t have time to run because of other activities it’s amazing how much I want to.
A long, slow run would have been nice, but instead I ended the week with a whopping 11.3 miles. It’s not that I slacked off or missed an essential training run. I also don’t feel guilty or remorseful. I just would have enjoyed the act and feeling of getting in some more miles this week. Is that weird?
I got my running fix today with a little over 4 miles at noon, clad in tights and jacket; fingers and ears covered. The verdict? I got too warm. Even with snow on the ground, I don’t need a lot of layers at 30 degrees if the wind is light. It was slow going, and I’d forgotten how easily heavy, damp snow gets stuck to the bottom of my shoes. Alas, I think this is the start to a good week.
To reiterate my question above, do you enjoy the act of running independent from checking it off your training list or the physical benefits it gives?
How do you deal with the muddy, not-quite-frozen weather?