Sachem Farm


The Running Man...

Posted by Lucas Fletcher on August 6, 2010 at 11:44 AM

"The year is 2019. The finest men in America don't run for President, the run for their lives. Its a deadly game no one has ever survived, but Schwarzenegger has yet to play..."


Okay so its not that dramatic...but I did start running this morning. My friend Lili and I met up in town for the first of 27 scheduled workouts over the next few weeks. Let me first explain to you that I HATE running. Unless being chased by a hungry bear, and angry bull, or a crowd of torch wielding villagers my gate of choice is a leisurely walk. Fortunately my weight has never been an issue thanks to my shrew like metabolism, but any physical exertion leaves me out of breath, exhausted, and sore for days. So as a part of my self improvement and overall life plan I decided to get in shape, thus begins the C25K program.


C25K is short for Couch-to-5K and is designed to get new runners running 3 miles in 2 months. I had known about C25K for some time but as is the case with many others was always going to start it next week, or after this event, or when I got a treadmill...but basically my ass remained firmly planted on the couch. Last week Lili was saying that she also wanted to get in shape but was having similar motivation issues so we decided to become each others running buddy and champion. I am hopeful that the two of us will stick with it and complete the program and I'll be sure and keep everyone posted...or let you know what hospital you can send flowers after my heart attack :-)


Things on the farm are pretty uneventful right now. With the heat wave continuing in Vermont I am reluctant to do anything with the animals and risk heat stress, though I do need to worm the sheep at some point. We had some rain yesterday but not enough to amount to anything. If we don't get some consistent rainfall in the near future I am going to be in trouble. I have my first cutting of hay but still no second and was only planning on feeding hay from mid-October to mid-April. If I have to pull everyone off pasture and bring them home a month early I am going to be short hay which is never a fun situation.


In other news, my new saddle arrived. Its a Wintec 500 Icelandic and is specifically designed for Icelandic horses. Sóley, my mare arrived here from California about three years ago having lived in a tiny sand paddock. She was small, poorly muscled, and had no idea how to be a horse. It is my firm belief that horses need to be treated like horses and allowed the freedom to roam around a make decisions on their own. Three summers of being turned out with my other horse in a 12 acre field eating grass and not grain, using trees as shade and shelter but no barn, drinking water out of a pond and not a bucket have turned her into a stunning and self confident little mare who is now old enough to begin training, thus a saddle was needed. When she comes off pasture this fall she is headed off to boot camp with my friends Sigrún and Jason from Solheimar Farm Depending on how her training progresses she may become my competition horse or my broodmare. She is a real genetic powerhouse with her half brother, Röðull fra Kálfholti being one of the highest regarded four gaited horses in the world so I expect great things from her.


Thats all for now...stay cool and have fun!

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Reply Nicholas
9:41 AM on August 30, 2010 
How goes the running? I too am training, but for a half marathon (killing me slowly, I like to think) and was curious about how your training was going.

Thanks for friending me on Ravelry, btw. I'm just now trying to get back to that space on a regular basis.
Reply CawfeeGuy
9:51 AM on August 9, 2011 
"Unless being chased by a hungry bear, and angry bull, or a crowd of torch wielding villagers my gate of choice is a leisurely walk"

i could not agree more. good luck with it and your blog. btw: if Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his not-so-better-half can have a reality show based on their farm, i'm sure your blog will be a hit!
Reply Jason
10:02 AM on August 15, 2011 
Best of luck to you with the new blog and running. Running gets better. I hate it every time I restart for a week, then I love it and can't imagine my life without it (until I stop again). I hope that your training is going well and your C25K program works well for you and your running goals! Cheers!
Reply EJane
12:49 PM on January 15, 2014 
Try walking before running or doing spurts of running and then spurts of is much kinder to your body.
Reply Tammy White
6:56 PM on February 3, 2014 
Hope it has gone well - this is something my husband and I should do! I tried to get running last spring, then again last fall...I do keep trying!

Love the blog! Hope to visit your farm one day.
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