Current Reading: The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs by Joel Salatin


The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs by Joel Salatin

I’ve been a big fan of Joel Salatin for a while. I’m halfway through this book and it’s some of his best writing (ranting?) in my opinion.

Primary theme: Farming can both reflect and instruct your relationship with God (focused specifically on the Christian perspective).

Regardless of  your religious leanings (or lack of), I think many people can walk away with some great thoughts on spiritual development as it related to how you work and operate with the land base you are given.

You can pick up the book on Amazon here.


Route 66 5K – Week 3

We spent most of this week hidden away in the Ouachita National Forest camping with my family.  It’s always amazing to turn your phone off for almost 5 days, not look at a screen, and get covered in campfire smoke.  I sincerely look forward to our trip every year. A perfect time of relaxation and reflection.

Before leaving, the local weatherman predicted that we’d have a frost while we would be out-of-town. So we hurried to get some row covers setup and put over the beans and tomato plants to try to squeeze a bit more production out of them before we closed down the garden for the year.

I arranged for a friend, who was already helping check on the chickens, manage the on/off process of the covers while we were gone. A few leaves on the beans got nipped, but the tomatoes took a pretty big hit. However over the past week, we were still able to harvest almost 8 gallons of beans (with new beans still growing). I’ll call that a win and hopefully we’ll reach over 10 gallons before the harvest is done.

Just some of the initial fall bean harvest.

As for running, I had a good week. Still no injuries, but did not get in my long run this weekend. However, we did a 3+ mile hike around the lake on Friday, plus some additional hiking throughout the trip, that I count as a good replacement.

Run Log:

  • Monday: 19 mins
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 22 mins
  • Thursday: Mild Hiking
  • Friday: 3+ mile hike
  • Saturday: Mild Hiking
  • Sunday: Rest

I weighed in on Sunday when we got back and I was down to 206 lbs, which is a 7 pound weight loss the first week of eating cleaner in addition to my training runs.  Pretty dang good. Hopefully, I won’t plateau just yet as I’m trying to hit an even 200 lbs by race day on November 18th.

Now that I’m back at home and on the grid again, I can start focusing on getting back into a routine with writing on my screenplay. Didn’t put any words on the page last week. So, I’ve got some making up to do.

Route 66 5K – Week 2

Mother Earth News Fair 2017 – Topeka

This week was broken up a bit as we spent the last half in Wamego, Kansas visiting my brother and his family. As such, I wasn’t able to get my long run in over the weekend, but we were able to attend the Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka on Saturday.

Run Log

  • Monday – 16 mins
  • Tuesday – Rest
  • Wednesday -19 mins
  • Thursday – Rest
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – Rest (missed run)
  • Sunday – Rest

I also didn’t make any progress on my screenplay as I was trying to focus on spending time with family as much as possible.

Next week will be busy, but hope to get back on track with running and writing.