Even though we have new calves all year long, there’s something special about the springtime babies.
Many of the area wildlife have their young in spring, and along with the Easter season it’s just a happy time of year to focus on new life.
I tried to remember this as I fed baby after baby after baby yesterday. 8 new calves had arrived by day’s end! Now today we haven’t had any; it always evens out like that eventually.
It doesn’t look particularly like spring around here with the slushy melted snow everywhere though.
A few nights ago I took this photo at dusk.
We have since been trying to clean out the slush more between the calf hutch rows, but it’s impossible to stay ahead of. I’m just resigned that every March we’ll have a few challenging weeks as things melt. Our dry land really needs moisture though, so we’re thankful there is a lot of snow melt.
As you may imagine, the wet and icy conditions make it hard to run outside as often as I want. I keep chugging away on the treadmill and getting outside when I can. 5 weeks until race day, and I can hardly believe it’s coming up that fast!
I just may break 100 miles in March if I can stay on track. Still, I’m more focused on getting in a quality speed day and a long run each week than I am on a specific number of miles.
In some ways my body “knows” how to run and train for this distance because I’ve done it so many springs in a row. I’ve also gotten back to that level where an easy run truly feels easy — like second nature. I love that point in training, and it gives me confidence that it will indeed be a good spring racing season.