|Last winter's beautiful grass|
Being the patriarch of a household is a big responsibility. Of course there is the normal day to day bread winning responsibility, but also the spider killing, big steak eating, and dragging the trash to the curb stuff that all needs to get done. Oh, and the yardwork. Lots of back breaking yardwork. Yes, it is true! People in Phoenix do indeed have yards. In fact, it seems that the zero-scaping concept is going a bit backwards and people are putting in more and more plush, resource sucking yards in the middle of the desert.
Anyway, this weekend, doing my part to use as much fresh water as possible, I buzz cut my lawn and planted “winter grass” so that my little patch of over-watered heaven could stay green all year round. Call it the farmer in me but the brown grass all winter makes me want to grab a can of green spray paint and go to town. Tune in next week when I yell at the neighbors in my underwear.
Here is my dad and I adding more sprinklers a few years back when I first bought the house.
Little did I know that I was also giving myself a stress fracture as I had already ran 20 miles earlier in the day.
As I was almost literally breaking my back trying to get the lawn finished, a thought continued to creep into my head:
I know lots of people who are on their feet all day and still get out there and log lots of quality miles. I have to think that, just like I am used to 60+ miles per week, they are used to 40+ hours of WORK during the week in addition to their miles. Right?
Does anyone else think about how chores or work are going to effect a run? Any good stories about how they have? I’ll give you a moment to answer. In the meantime, I’ll be the one stiff and sore VERY thankful that today was an easy day.