Greetings from Minnesota! We’re back to more seasonable temperatures in the 20’s, but at least the sun has started making an appearance most days.
Here at the farm our blog calf, Etta, has had her culinary routine switched up a bit.
First, I should probably back up and remind you of some calf nutrition info…
At the beginning of a calf’s life on our farm their first solid food is whole corn and protein pellets. We give them a small amount of corn/pellet mixture as soon as they’re just a few days old.
Some start to nibble on it sooner than others, and calves seem to especially like having something crunchy to chew on at a young age.
They also start to taste the fresh straw in their hutches. Once they move out of hutches we continue to feed corn and pellets, and the calves also start getting dry hay.
Once they reach about 4 months old, they are ready to enter the world of ground corn. 🙂
There are differing thoughts on what type and when it’s best to give different feeds, but this works for us. The ground corn is supposed to be more easily digestible and allow the calf to get more of the nutrients.
Along with the ground corn they get mineral and canola meal (for protein) and then plenty of hay.
Etta is in a new pen in the barn now, and for some reason she’s becoming easier to photograph. Maybe mellowing out a tad as she gets older? 🙂
It just clicks.
That’s the best way I can describe it. More than even my marathon training last spring, this training cycle just feels right.
For one, I know I’m paying a lot more attention to “rules” which I’ve previously ignored.
I’ve heard countless times that you shouldn’t pile the majority of weekly mileage into your long run, and yet in the past I’d end up only running 10 miles during the week with 14 planned for Saturday morning.
I also know that weekly speedwork is beneficial AND easy runs are critical too. Yet in the past it seems I ran nearly all my runs at that tempting comfortably hard pace.
I dismissed the truly easy runs as worthless, and I didn’t get out and run hard like I should either.
I’ve also made the mistake of attempting to do speedwork where I’d literally sprint my 400’s, or whatever the distance. After one or two I’d be so exhausted I just moved straight to cool down.
Well, something is different this time. And it’s not only about following the “rules.”
My body is somehow responding to my early alarm, and I’ve hardly missed any planned runs these past weeks.
I’m telling myself I can, and maybe that’s the most important step.
I run easy, and I run hard. I rest. Last week my long run was about 30% of my weekly mileage – much better than over 50%!
I feel good (and sometimes sore) and I know I’m making progress. And that 5K PR last weekend didn’t hurt either.
I know it’s early in training, but I think I just may have turned over a new leaf in 2012. Not only am I on the path to becoming a stronger, more balanced runner, but maybe I can carry this success into other areas of my life too. 🙂