Greetings from Minnesota. It was sunny about 15 today – not bad!
So why, you ask, am I calling my post something ominous like “The Dark, The Cold” this evening?
Well, I guess it’s because when I feed calves in the evening, I notice how dark and cold it is. If I haven’t dressed right I am either freezing or sweating. Yup, it’s entirely possible to be sweating when it’s 10 degrees out if you have on too many layers and start moving around quickly.
Certainly not all farm activities involve being outside, but feeding the hutch calves does mean embracing the great outdoors. We have less calves outside now because we’ve started moving some of the new ones into individual stalls inside the barn. More on these later once I get some pictures…
For now, I thought it might be fun for you to see what I see at night by the hutches. I get enough light from the gator (ATV) and the outdoor barn lights to feed the calves (and get a few discernible pictures).
The first picture, looking out across the bare field, gives me a “Little House on the Prairie feeling” – as though I’m all alone with my animals out on the prairie. Silly, right? Especially because when I look in any other direction I can see the lights of neighboring farms and houses.
Today I finally made it outside at noon for a run. I’ve done a few treadmill miles lately, but I haven’t been outside for over a week. The biggest problem is that most of the bike paths I run on don’t get cleared off during the winter. This means I have to wait until sidewalks and road shoulders are de-iced enough for my liking.
I try to get outside mid-day because it’s also a chance to soak up some sunshine (it’s dark when I leave in the morning and when I get home at night now). Because it was an outdoor run, I can also post some running stats.
People do look at me like I may be crazy when I’m running outside and it’s 15 degrees. Or maybe they look at me like I’m crazy because I look like a bug in my giant sunglasses? If you’re wondering what a person wears to run in the winter, I’ll show you.
I hardly ever wear sunglasses while running because they slip down my sweaty nose. It was just so bright outside with the sun reflecting off the snow. These are just $10 cheapo glasses so maybe that makes a difference?
Beyond that, I’ve got on some thicker tights with shorts, a base layer and jacket, hat and gloves. I wish I wouldn’t have forgotten my snowmobile neck warmer, but overall I was comfortable. In colder weather, I would have put a pair of pants over my tights, added a thicker top layer or two, and switched to mittens.
Well, I think that’s enough talk about winter. Care to share what your favorite warm weather running or exercise outfit is?