Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2 miles, now

Yesterday I ran two miles. The day before I rode. Today a hay delivery is coming to the farm and between the office, farm chores, storing and loading the 20 bales, jogging, and cooking dinner I don't think an hour and a half will open up to ride Merlin. But tomorrow it will, and all through the long weekend. We have our lessons with an instructor on Friday mornings, and I am learning a lot. Not just about riding better, but about Merlin and my relationship with him. While neither of us look very different, changes are happening. Everyday excersise and a healthier diet (80% fruits and veg) has lightened my step. Last night's run wasn't anything to write home about, and was very tired and had to slow down to a walk a few times, but as a reader here has said in the comments. "You're still lapping the people on the couch" and that phrase always helps.

This weekend is the first archery practice for my local shire of the SCA. I'm a new archer, and me and my 6 foot hickory long bow, quiver, and three arrows have our first lessons and target practice today at a member's farm a few miles north. The guys who run the team will be coming to see if my place would work for a practice as well and I'd be thrilled to host them.

photo by 468photography.com

22 Comments:

Blogger Anja said...

have fun with the archery :) your arms and shoulders will ache a lot after the first practice but it's lot's of fun.

March 14, 2012 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

I love the way you take on new challenges and are always learning new things. You go girl.

March 14, 2012 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Missy said...

Oh, have fun with the archery. I did a little of it when I was in my early teens and loved it. My husband has his grandfather's long bows (2 of them... perfect!) and we've been looking at equipment for practice. We laugh about practicing in the front yard (big yard) with our nosy neighbors. They already think we are the crazy quiet ones always building something.

When you build up to being better at archery, it is such a good feeling. My father taught me to shoot (guns) when I was really little, but since we have no utilitarian need for guns around here, we refuse to have them. Now bows... we can definitely deal with that.

March 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
OpenID cultivatejlcm said...

The first run after both of my pregnancies was the toughest, because it made clear in no uncertain terms where I was starting from. But you've already done the first run, so you're on your way! Nice to have your training partner (Merlin) to motivate (and inspire) you. Keep up the good work!

March 14, 2012 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger sissyjane said...

Hopefully you can get some training in with your other animals as well...

March 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

The archery sounds awesome!

March 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Laura Pike said...

I have to say you have totally motivated me to get up and out of the funk I have been in this morning. Off to make a salad!!
Thanks for the inspiration, you are living your life the way I want to, open and taking it all in.

March 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
OpenID jessieimproved said...

I so want to learn archery! I totally expect some pictures. :-)

March 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Thistledog said...

Ha - "still lappin' the people on the couch" - that is the right way to look at it!

My daily walk/jog with the dogs is doing that for me. Going to get me in good enough shape for farm chores here in a couple of months.

You go, girl.

March 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
OpenID janetgordon said...

I hope your seedlings are not too set back if you're having the unpleasant weather we are just not - raw, damp and freezing rain - blech. Enjoy your upcoming long weekend and the archery practice.

March 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I'm writing 'At Least You're Lapping the People on the Couch' on a sticker & hanging it on the fridge. Great stuff!

March 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Fanie.ca said...

One thing that helps me, each time I go to the gym, I put a sticker in my agenda. ^-^ It's silly how a little sparkly sticker can help you out on this journey to a better self. But, hey, it works with me!

Wow... archery. Now, that looks extremely fun and cool! :-) Don't give me ideas...

March 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

Like Like Like!

March 14, 2012 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Archery -- something I've always wanted to learn. Also, that is one effing beautiful horse....

March 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
OpenID janetgordon said...

Me Again Jenna: Looking at Merlin's picture again - one sweet pony!!! One suggestion - you're likely fine in the arena but his more than ample forelock may cause him some difficulty in seeing clearly - you may want to considering braiding it when riding or driving him outdoors.

March 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Might give a try at curling. Granted, most folks do pretty well with smooth granite eggs
on smooth ice, but with your sense of adventure, success would come easy if you curl Merlin's magical pies. If that doesn't quite pan out, you can reuse 'pies' for archery practice,

March 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Might give a try at curling. Granted, most folks do pretty well with smooth granite eggs
on smooth ice, but with your sense of adventure, success would come easy if you curl Merlin's magical pies. If that doesn't quite pan out, you can reuse 'pies' for archery practice,

March 14, 2012 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Merlin, archery, what's next - jousting? ;-) So happy to share in your bliss!

March 14, 2012 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Merlin, archery, what's next - jousting? ;-) So happy to share in your bliss!

March 14, 2012 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

You'll love archery! It's great fun.

March 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Rooting you on, Jenna!

March 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger kaelak said...

Heh - I love the SCA. I'm a member down here in MD. Enjoy archery!

March 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM  

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