Relaxation

Fireside

Can’t think of a better way to start the week than sit’n around a fire.

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Route 66 5K – Results

Route 66 5K Medal

 

Well…I have to admit, my first race in over 3 years went a LOT better than I expected. My wife and I ran the Route 66 5K Saturday and I beat my time goal by a minute. I was shooting for an even 30 minutes flat and clocked in at 29:05.

No injuries, cardio felt decent, and I hit my time goal even with there being more hills than I expected.

I call it a win.

So, now I have to build on my momentum and start working toward a new goal. I think rather than pushing my distance a bit farther right now, I am going to train for one more 5K and try and get my time down. This will allow me to get a good base in place and stabilize my core muscles a bit more before upping the distance.

The plan is to add one more day of running in the mix and then supplement the days off with a light bit of cross training. Now I just need to find my next race. 🙂

Closing Out The Garden

Harvesting the last spinach block of 2017

Spent part of the morning harvesting the remaining block of fall spinach.

That about concludes the major gardening activities for 2017. As such, we’ve officially turned the chickens loose into the garden to have at whatever they can find and scratch up.

Garden clean up crew

The garden’s not the prettiest sight at the moment with everything nearing its end, but it’s a reminder that we have a good first year’s harvest put away in the pantry for the winter and a time for thanksgiving and rest is coming very soon.

I think one of the best parts about growing your own food is how you get to connect to the cycles of the year at a deep level. There’s just something about it that feeds your soul. Not only that, but you also have the opportunity to truly embrace holidays such as Thanksgiving where you can reflect and appreciate the fruits of your labor and the gifts of the garden.

Now that most of our harvesting is complete, I’ll spend the next week or so cleaning up the plants that are left, adding a bit of compost to the plot, and mulching everything in preparation for the winter. It’s one last act of love given back to the soil that has provided us so much this year.