Monday, March 7, 2016


Well, I've been a bit absent lately.  In part because I injured my back and sitting was painful and in part because I didn't want to come here and whine about how I wasn't running.  I went for 2 weeks and didn't run a step. I am signed up for a half marathon in 6 days and am going to DNS it. That does not make me a happy girl, but it wouldn't be worth trying to run it either at this point.

I am getting better and did finally run 4 miles yesterday, and go for a ride on my horse. The latter may not have been the smartest move since it is spring and the horses are feeling peppy.

One of our cows had a set of twins on Friday. She cleaned them both off and nursed them both and seemed to be taking good care of both of them.  It seems the novelty of twins wore off in the night as when Saturday morning rolled around she only had one baby and the other was no where to be found. After some careful searching we found her sleeping in a coulee.  She is for now a bottle baby until we can hopefully graft her to another cow.
Since her twin was a bull calf she is most likely a free martin.  What is a free martin you ask? Wiki helps me out here:
freemartin or free-martin (sometimes martin heifer) is an infertile female mammal with masculinized behavior and non-functioning ovaries.[1] Genetically the animal is chimeric: Karyotyping of a sample of cells shows XX/XY chromosomes. The animal originates as a female (XX), but acquires the male (XY) component in utero by exchange of some cellular material from a male twin, via vascular connections between placentas: an example of microchimerism.[2] Externally, the animal appears female, but various aspects of female reproductive development are altered due to acquisition of anti-Müllerian hormone from the male twin.[3] Freemartinism is the normal outcome of mixed-sex twins in all cattle species that have been studied, and it also occurs occasionally in other mammals including sheep, goats and pigs.
This handsome little guy was also born Friday

and today I ran 5.5 miles!  Woot!  My back seemed a little stiff to start with, but by the end felt great! In fact, I finished the last mile at a 7:40 pace.

So I don't really have a plan from here except to take it easy for a bit until all the stiffness is gone.
Other than some yoga and a few bodyweight workouts, I really haven't done much the last two weeks, really hoping I am back in it!

  linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap since I can sit and read blogs again
weekly wrap up
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  1. So interesting about that twin bull--what do you do with a free martin? I've never heard of that. I'll have to mention it to my dad--he grew up on a farm. And he always has the best stories!

    Glad you're back!

  2. Welcome Back & I Dig The Photos


  3. It must be spring! I love seeing the new babies. I've never heard of a free martin. That is quite interesting. I wondered where you had been. I'm sorry to hear about your back and your decision to DNS your race. But, I'm glad you are feeling better now. I saw several Team Beef members at the RnR race in New Orleans and immediately thought of you! Thanks for linking with us Christy.

  4. Been wondering where you've been! Glad to see you're back posting, and running! Hope your back is feeling better!

  5. It's tough to take some time off, but it sounds like it did you good! Glad you are back at it!

  6. Yay for calving season and for running! Glad your back is feeling a little bit better. :)

  7. I hate your having to pull out of your race, I did not know you hurt your back I'm sorry I know it sucks but it does sound like your getting better. I may have asked you this before, forgive me if I did Do you compete on your horses like barrel racing or are they working cattle horses, what about cutting? My family barrel races is why I asked. I love seeing babies, this past week I found a mama hen with 8 babies! I had to put them in a cage until they get bigger because of a dog problem we have but usually I let them raise them alone. The babies are so cute!


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