Monday, August 8, 2011


I managed to sleep through 2 of my runs last week. I'm a slacker. That means I only ran twice last week. I was all sorts of fretting about it on Saturday (when I realized I wasn't going to be able to get in a third run) and Sunday. However, all rest and no run makes for some fast Yasso times today!

9 Yasso's were on the chopping block today, and I slaughtered them! My times were:

3:14, 3:14, 3:12, 3:10, 3:15, 3:14: 3:13, 3:06 and 3:04

That means my pace was between a 6:34-6:16/mile for the half mile splits :). I guess sometimes it's okay to be a slacker. It's about QUALITY of miles and not QUANTITY of miles. I have to remind myself of this sometimes. If I would have run on Saturday, it would have simply been to just clock the miles rather than to get the most out of my workout. So I guess nothing was lost.

And speaking of slaughtering.... Know what I did instead of running on Saturday?

I killed, plucked, gutted, chopped up, and froze 50 chickens.

For real.

You can just call me the Pioneer Woman if you want because I totally am.

I did this with my in-laws. My father in law has been raising the birds through the spring and most of us made it up there for the great event. We all had different assignments. Dallas was the executioner, the other girls caught the birds, my BIL Beau put them into the plucking machine, and my FIL and I were the ones to gut the birds.
I'm made of tough stuff. A marathon ain't got nothin' on me!

It took 3 hours to get the birds all plucked and cleaned up, and then it took another 3 hours of cutting and chopping to get them ready to go in the freezer. It was a loooooooong day! One weekend of this was enough! I'm happy to get back to more running and less slaughtering this week.

Are you afraid to kill animals for food? Do you think it's wrong? Would you be brave enough to gut a chicken?
I'm definitely not a vegetarian, however, I don't like to do the actual killing of the animal. In fact, this weekend I couldn't even watch it. Once it was dead and I could think of it as food, then it wasn't a big deal. I'm proud to say that I'm brave enough to gut a chicken... or 50!

How do you feel when you miss a run?
When I'm in the middle of training for something, then I follow my schedule like it's the bible. I very rarely miss runs, and when I do, I usually fret about it. In fact, I usually only miss runs due to injury or sickness. Last week was a big exception to the rule! I feel better about it after seeing how great my run was this morning.


Bikini Runner said...

I definitely had to Google the word "Yasso" right away - I have so much to learn about training!

Also, seriously impressed at your chicken skills. I could not handle gutting a chicken. I pretty much stick to boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. Once I bought what was described as "chicken pieces" and found the spine... thought I was going to die. I'm a big baby.

Rachelle Wardle said...

Freaking awesome yasso's and totally worth missing a few runs. Recovery makes you stronger sometimes and it may have been just what you needed.

Killing animals definitely freaks me out.

Cory from fastcory is coming up this weekend and wants to get a bunch of us together. I know you live up north but can you come to Orem on Friday? Please, please, pretty please. e-mail me