Thursday, July 21, 2011

Finally a Run!

I hadn't run since the half marathon last weekend so it felt good to get out and stretch my legs today.  I ran by several wheat fields and was amazed at how much they have changed lately.  The growing fields of green are turning into amber waves of grain.  I did six miles with a negative split.  Nine minute pace out and 8:30 pace coming back. My legs are feeling a little tight and a little stiff still, so stretching is in order today. 
Can you say bread, pasta, and  cake, yay for wheat!

After the run I grabbed the kids and we went and picked peas for an hour.  Now I get to shell the little buggers.  I think I have already eaten a pint of them they are so good fresh right out of the pod.  The kids did really great helping for about 45 minutes and then they were pretty much over it.

I had a guest post on Gourmet Runner yesterday.  I posted about my favorite form of cross training.  BodyRock.tv.  Check it out here if you want!  Several people have asked about what I do for my sandbag.  I took an old bag I had and filled it with rice in 5 and 10 pound bags.  This makes is easy to adjust the weight of the bag for different exercises.  Too light add 5, too heavy take out 10.  It isn't the perfect solution but it has worked really great for me.  I know of other bodyrockers who have used backpacks for the sandbag.

Here is what mine looks like.  Nothing fancy with some duct tape to help make it a little more comapact, but I can still get the zipper open to adjust the weight if I need to.  I find that usually between twenty and thirty pounds works great for me.


You want to be able to rest it comfortably on your shoulders on each side.  I have some hat head going on here so ignore the crazy hair.  :)

and put it across the back of your shoulders

and lift if over your head.  As well as being able to lift it for dead lifts and cradle it in your arms in front of you.  If you can do all these things with it, it should work for all the things they do in BodyRock.tv workouts. 

 On a side note, the cotton is flying off the cotton trees, in some areas it looks like it has snowed!

 Kind of pretty and I am so glad I am not allergic to it!  Especially since it is all over my garden and I seem to get quite a lot of it in the lettuce when I bring it home.
 I scared a jack rabbit out of the wheat field and he ran out into the stubble field, not a smart move I thought.  Of course it didn't matter there was no way I was going to catch him.  By the time I got my camera out of my SPIbelt he was pretty far away.  Do you see him?  They aren't really that common here.  We have a lot of wild cotton tail type rabbits hopping around, but not so much these. They look so funny in comparison.


18 comments:

  1. Holy moly veggies! I love shelling peas. God they are so good. My stepmom and I would have half our bowls eaten by the time we got all the peas shelled!

    And I can't believe your wheat! Most of our farmers didn't even harvest it's so bad here.

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  2. Interesting idea with the sandbag. I'll have to try that!

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  3. I'm going to have to try that sandbag thing- you make it look so fun! Plus, I always love new workout toys (especially when I don't have to pay a ton for them..)

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  4. The wheat fields are so pretty!! All I have had to look at lately are corn fields. ha!

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  5. Aww cute jack rabbit! Love the cotton "snow"!

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  6. Great idea for the sandbag...just now trying to incorporate bodyrock into my workout days...hmmm where to start? Great job on all your races! I got signed up for th 2 miler for Magic City Blues along with the Quality of Life...I think I can make 2 miles two weekends in August!!

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  7. great job on your run! and i love your sandbag idea...I started your guest post yesterday and then had to run to a meeting...I need to get back over there and read the rest so I can have serious muscles like you! woo hoo!

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  8. Thanks for the information and the pics about the sandbag. I was wondering.. and this is such an easy solution. Good for you!

    I am loving the pics of the fields. Former Calgarian here (and always, at heart) and the pics of the prairies just make me homesick!

    I love shelling peas too.

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  9. I read your guest post at Gourmet Runner and I will definitely check out that site! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  10. i always love your pictures!! so awesome. i got the bra yesterday. you were right it is amazing i can't wait to run in it. thanks sooo much!

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your sandbag secrets! I cannot wait to make my own!

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  12. Where you live is so pretty! Great job on the run!

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  13. Beautiful pictures, especially the wheat field & the rabbit! We had a great wheat harvest this year in NC. My father-in-law was amazed by the yield & said it was one of his best harvests ever (saying a lot as he's in his late 70s). Good grief, that's a big rabbit! We just have the cottontails here. I'm definitely going to check out the bodyrock.tv ... do you just watch that on your computer? I don't have much of a setup for internet on our tv, can just do it through the Wii which uses Opera as a browser & has a lot of limitations. I don't know if I'll be able to access it or not. Must check that out!

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  14. Nice way to make your sandbag! Thanks again for your guest post over on my blog, it was so interesting and I will DEFINITELY be checking out bodyrock.tv now in the hopes of getting some muscles like yours!!

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  15. Nice job on the run and I love the sandbag idea! Thanks for sharing.

    So crazy about the cotton!

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  16. I read your guest post and LOVED it! Bodyrock is amazing! And it clearly WORKS on you! HOLY, girl!

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  17. Thanks for the sandbag tip!
    And Im going to check out Bodyrock! :)

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