We’ve had a lot of calves today, 5 so far. What might that mean?
Well, it probably means the predicted rain is on the way! Cows can sense the weather. Plus, they are herd animals. The way it’s been explained to me is that in the wild, a herd of cows will stop for a little while when a cow calves. It gives mom and baby a little time to rest, nurse, etc.
Cows will also stop and “hunker down” by a wind break or trees when a storm comes. So — cows tend to calve more often when a big storm is on the way. Then the herd is already taking shelter for the storm, and they don’t have to stop extra for the baby.
I’m not sure if this is exactly the full story, but I do know that just before a storm or weather change we almost always have more calves. Can’t argue with that, right?
What about a picture of these new babies?
Well, I did snap one of the new twin girls…
… And they are every bit as sweet as they look.
What’s going on with the possible farm purchase blogged about last week?
We’re still looking. And thinking. And running numbers. The coming rain should give us a little more time to work on our offer, and hopefully we’ll have a decision soon.
If we do make a deal with the current owners, I know it will still be a long process of paperwork, inspections, and details. I’m sure any of you who’ve recently bought a house can relate.
What about this 1/2 marathon thing?
Well, the cows have actually been helping me focus in on my racing strategy!
I’m sticking to my guns on this; sub-2:00. I’ve done the workouts, I can hit the pace consistently, and I want to reach this goal.
1599 or 1 hour 59 minutes 54 seconds (.9 minutes) is my base goal.
Good day goal)
It’s kind of hard to read, but her tag proclaims 1568, or 1:56:48.
In reality, most of my goal pace runs have hovered right around this 8:55 pace instead of the 9:09 pace that would give me a 1:59.
If I start out on 2-hour pace and feel good, I should be able to pick things up and average sub-9:00/miles for the race.
1:56-1:57 is definitely realistic if I have a good day.
Great day goal)
If I wake up well rested on race morning. If my stomach feels good. If the weather is perfect for racing. If I’m free of aches and pains.
I just might go out with the 1:55 pace group.
And maybe I’ll hit that 1:54:30 that 1545’s tag proclaims.
I’ve been pondering over this decision for several weeks. Actually since I realized 8:45 pace isn’t as hard as it used to be.
I like starting near a pace group when they’re available because it’s an easy way to keep in check. Starting out slow enough is hard for me, as evidenced by the fact that in my last 1/2 I think I ran a positive split by almost 5 minutes. 😦
It’s not fun to crash and burn, which is another reason the 1:55 pace group scares me.
My dilemma is this. Do I go with the “safe” option and try to run just under 2:00, or do I take off at 1:55 pace to really see what I can do?
I feel I’m lucky this race even has a 1:55 group, but I also worry starting off even a few minutes too fast might cost me dearly.
I want to break 2:00 more than I want to break 1:55, so unless things feel almost perfect I’ll probably go with the more conservative start.
I’m up for your thoughts though!
What’s up with this Minnesota weather?
I’m not sure. I feel like half of March was over 70*, and yesterday morning as I set off for my run it was 16*. I had to dig back out the running tights, but there was something nice about the crisp, cold air once I got warmed up.
Still, it’s April and I’m ready for the warmer mornings again!
Any last thoughts?
Why yes. I know this post is all over the place, but I want you to know I realize everything I’m wrestling with is a “first world problem.” A privilege.
To those of you who aren’t runners, I’m sure my diatribe over 5 minutes sounds insane. And maybe it is a little.
It’s still a goal I want to reach, but I know there’s no special award out there for running 13.1 miles in under 2 hours.
It doesn’t define my worth, and it won’t change my life. But I do think hobbies, goals, and athletic pursuits are still important.
As God says, there’s a time for everything. I know he gave me the ability to run, and I think he is pleased by our work and leisure. (if running is accurately called leisure. 🙂
And the house decision, the weather, the many calves?
They’re all blessings in their own way too!