Around northeast Wisconsin, where the winters are about six months long, any type of fruit season is keenly anticipated. Because of my interest in buying local when I can and my spoiled taste buds, which turn their tiny little noses up at most grocery store produce, I especially look forward to these short seasons. So, in June that means strawberries; July, raspberries and blueberries (if I am traveling to Michigan); and in August and the fall, apples. Most of these items do not pose a problem for me.
Strawberries, however, are another story.
Picking strawberries kills my knees and is just another example of how some non-running related activities can impact your training - all that squatting, bending, and crouching. It makes me cringe just thinking about it.
I hate to give up fresh strawberries freshly picked (mainly because it is about the quarter of the price of pre-picked berries, and I am cheap.) Also, the kids LOVE strawberry picking. Check out this cuteness from a couple of years ago ....
Priceless, right? Well, except for the fact that it was a day after this that I went for a long run and came home with a case of patellar tendonitis that didn't go away for nearly two years (okay, that was my fault; I didn't take care of it properly).
Anyhoo, yesterday a friend mentioned her family was going strawberry picking and knowing the kidlets would not be able to pass up an invitation to an adventure like that, I said we'd go, too. Since then, I have been trying to think of a good strategy for making myself look useful strawberry picking and yet not kill my knees doing it.
A quick scan of the garage offered these possibilities:
The stadium cushion, which I have used in the past. It looks disgusting, though, and I am too lazy to clean it right now.
There's this little gem....I could actually push it down the rows and I don't think the kids would miss it. It kind of pushes the limits of how ridiculous I will let myself look at any given time, though.
Here's one idea that actually makes sense - the granny gardening chair my mom gave me for Mother's Day. It actually works and it's how I do my weeding now. The downside is that it is bulky.
Now, here's a possibility - the hard-sided cooler. I could sit on it and store cold drinks at the same time. I love things that have dual purposes.
Well, I will noodle it out for a bit. No doubt something will make sense. One thing I know for sure is I don't want to spend my morning like this...
Well, the eating strawberries part is okay, just not the crouching. I do have the Bellin 10K Run tomorrow, and I don't want the combination of crouching and running "fast" to kill me.