Greetings from 60 degree Minnesota.
It’s was a gorgeous day for mid-November, but it’s a little too warm If you are among the many in this area who enjoy deer hunting. Colder weather and even some snow on the ground is more ideal for that.
I don’t hunt, but lots of my family and friends do. Anyhow, I was very cognizant of the fact that I should wear something bright and visible when I went running today. More on that in a bit.
First, I’m going to morph into food blogger mode. Want to hear what I ate today??
Exciting, I know, but my husband certainly doesn’t want to hear it. And it’s actually kind of a funny story…
I slept in some this morning, and I awoke with a scratchy throat, plugged up nose, and general weariness. I’m not sure if I’m dealing with worsening allergies or a virus, but I felt mildly icky.
I sipped some coffee, and a leftover piece of pumpkin pie with a huge glob of whipped cream sounded perfect for breakfast.
I was also rather ticked at myself for not getting up earlier to either run or catch up on some housework. So I compensated by munching through some peanut M&M’s and a chocolate peanut butter bar while I tended to a few things.
I ran some errands and then headed to the farm. After checking on the new calves from earlier in the morning and treating a coughing calf I realized it was nearly noon. My stomach didn’t feel hungry for real food, so I ate some greek yogurt with blueberries and then headed back outside.
I realized if I hurried I could run a few miles in the gorgeous weather before I returned to farm tasks. My junk food and yogurt-filled stomach protested a little bit, but it wasn’t too bad.
I did get a nagging side ache the last few minutes, which I’m pretty sure was from all those M&M’s. Or maybe all the whipped cream?
I wore the brightest red shirt I had, and I saw several deer hunters in their blaze orange during even this quick 2 mile run.
Upon my return, I was starving again. Lucky for me, I have a husband who can cook. We’d made roast beef in the crockpot last night, and he’d created rich gravy with baked potatoes and buttery vegetables to go with the meat. Along with homemade pickles and a big glass of milk, this meal pretty much restored my abused stomach to normal. 😀
Going back to the run…
I’ve gotten better at realizing that even if I only have 20 minutes, I can still squeeze in a decent quality run. Especially because I want to get faster at 5K, I seriously need to make time for speedwork whenever I can.
After a few minutes warmup, I aimed for 5K race pace. I clocked my 2nd mile at 7:30, and I was pretty thrilled.
Overall, 2.13 miles @ 8:14 is better than 0 miles @ 0:00 pace. 😉
Now for tomorrow I’m thinking I reeeaaly should get up early and do 6-8 miles on the treadmill. I want to wait and run mid-day, but whenever I try to plan longer runs in the middle of a day at the farm it seems they always get cut short.
What’s a girl to do when baby calves need you?
Speaking of baby calves, I snapped a more grown up shot of Etta today. I’m loving her luxuriously long eye-lashes!
Do you or your family hunt?
Were your eating habits today as grand as mine?