Greetings from Minnesota! It’s already been a fickle week for weather, with gorgeous 60 degree temps yesterday and a rainy 45 today.
While some people may not like the rain because it interferes with their outdoor plans or messes up their freshly washed cars, we farmers are having more serious qualms. We need the rain to stay away so our fields have a chance to dry out enough to plant!
It’s already a late spring, as last year at this time we were nearly done planting. I think further south of us some farmers are out in their fields, but the conditions just haven’t been right for us yet.
Just so you don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not against rain. 🙂 I know it’s the very life-blood for our growing plants, but I just don’t want any of it this particular week. (I’d also like it to stay away on May 21 for my marathon, but that’s another issue.)
So we wait for planting season, and once we get seeds in the ground you’ll be able to read all about it right here!
In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a little twilight tour of the farm. After I snapped the picture above of the bare field last night, I checked on a few cows and then headed back outside into the dark to get a few last pictures. I always think the early evening is a pretty time, even if my photos don’t do it full justice.
Don’t ask. 😦
Okay, I guess I do need to share a few of my training woes with you. At the top of the list is the fact that I ran 10 miles last week. I have a marathon in 1 month, and I ran 10 miles last week. My knee is still bothering me. I’ve iced it, taped it, wrapped, rested it, and I’m running out of ideas.
Maybe the problem is I want it to get better on MY timeline, and my knee may actually want to take a bit longer. In any case, I’m taking it day by day.
I ran a few easy miles yesterday, and it didn’t really feel worse than walking. The sharp pain is gone, but a dull ache remains. I’m hoping if I baby it this week I can still get a decent long run in this weekend.
If not, then I guess I’ll just have to deal with that too and adjust my schedule as best I can. I may not run the marathon as fast as I’ve hoped, but by gosh I will be at that starting line.
Now that I write this down, I can’t help but see how similar this experience is to other challenges in my life. Maybe it’s a timeline I’ve got for a work or family goal. Things aren’t coming together like I hoped, and frustration starts to set in.
Or maybe it’s a family member or friend facing a crisis that I feel powerless to help them resolve. I struggle through these issues, I pray, and I wait for things to come together as I want them too.
In the midst of this, I need to keep reminding myself I am not ultimately in charge. Someone far greater is, and His timing is perfect. So whether I run the marathon fast or slow, hopefully that timing will also be perfect. 🙂
Any questions about spring planting on the farm?
How do you best deal with setbacks in your training (or other parts of your life)?