Racin' through an orchard

Johnson's Orchard in Bedford County, Va.

Two days after my Mill Mountain run, there was no way I could run today's Blossom to Bottle 5k as hard as I wanted to.

Animals at Johnson's Orchards

Plus this race was through an orchard and farm -- it was through thick grass, very uneven ground, gravel, dirt and big hills at Johnson's Orchards.

After I hit the first mile in 7:50, I backed off a bit, enjoyed the sights and smells of the many animals, and came away with a 25:05.

My time and effort were about what I expected two days after my tough long run, and it was about the effort I needed to do a week before the Blue Ridge Half.

The highlight of the day, though, was after the race. The door prizes were ... uh ... interesting.

Many of the items were donated from Tractor Supply and they would be what you would expect -- bags of charcoal, hose nozzles, a John Deere chair and mole spikes, just to name a few.

The orchard also gave away some its apple butter and fruit wines. I actually won a ticket to the Horse and Hound Wine Festival that's later this summer.

Plus I got to get up close and personal with some chickens and roosters:

More animals at Johnson's Orchards

And, there was this pig: