And the spot for the week belongs to…
… this gal. Meet 2185!
As I was walking through pen #1 today, 2185 stuck her head up at me and gave me those big cow eyes. How could I not take a picture?
Then I got the notion that a peak into the life of an average cow was just the thing to share with my readers. So what’s special about this particular cow, you may wonder?
Here’s some fun facts:
Age: 4 years, 5 months
Weight: 1700 lbs give or take 100 lbs; she’s a big girl either way!
Daily milk production: 108 lbs about 12.5 gallons
Lifetime milk production: 62,270 lbs about 7,241 gallons
Last calved: 9.20.2011
*lactation refers to the milking cycle of a cow or any female mammal. After having a calf, a cow starts a new lactation. This means 2185 has had 3 calves.
And no, I don’t magically have all this data in my head. Our dairy software tracks the info on each cow. I can simply go to her page in the computer and see all her pertinent details. Just like Facebook, right? 🙂
If you’ve got any questions about 2185 just comment away. I’m sure there are details I’ve forgotten that seem common-place to me, but you guys might really be wondering about.
With that, now it’s time to share my weekly running stats.
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26
Monday – 3.4 miles @ 8:56 in 30:15, just faster than goal 1/2 pace (outside)
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 6.2 miles in 55:00, including 6 x 800m @ 3:45 each or 7:30 pace (TM)
Thursday – 3 miles total, circuit training class with with about .5 mile running, 1.15 warm & 1.4 cool on TM
Friday – 3.25 miles, easy and not timed (outside)
Saturday – 10.54 miles long run, first 5 miles about 10:15 pace, last 5.5 miles about 9:45 pace (outside)
Sunday – Rest
Total – 26.4 miles
My long run this week turned into an interesting outing. I knew I wanted to get going right at sunrise, but when I looked at the thermometer it said 2*. I was expecting more like 20*.
I pouted for a few minutes, ate another slice of toast with raspberry jam, and wrapped a fleece scarf around my neck.
I wasn’t sure about needing my ice spikes, but I finally pulled them on. I ended up taking them on and off about 3 times – which drove me crazy and didn’t help my frozen fingers.
I looped back by my driveway at just over 5 miles to get some Gatorade, and I ditched the spikes and just kept my route to the ice-free main road.
In spite of the chilly start I had a good run. I was also happy to be done and back home before 9:00 a.m.
It looks like we’re in for more snow and cold this week, so I suppose I’d better get used to it again!