8 hour rainy, slow drive from viroqua, wisconsin to marne, michigan. arrived at midnight.
early morning run is definitely required before 11 hours of more driving.
the weather forecast called for 0.5″ of ice followed by rain, but what fell last night was mostly sleet.
now, with 30F temps, it makes for a sloppy, soaking, cold mess of a 6 mile run even if i try to stick to running in tire tracks on the side streets.
i’ve learned the hard way that these conditions are just right for a slip and fall after your feet get a good soaking in icy water, start to go numb and your shoes get sleet packed into the treads.
and to make matters worse, i have to run the last mile on top of this crap that the snow plows kicked over onto the sidewalk. it’s 4-6 inches of slippery, semi-compacted sleet.
fun times when your legs are tired and your feet are numb and there’s traffic coming at you at 45mph 😢
thankfully, innumerable slips but no falls!
most days i can’t remember what i had for breakfast, but drop me in a dozen locations around the country and i can remember half mile markers for runs even if i haven’t run the route in years. here’s one on a 5 mile route.
note the green grass on december 26th in grand rapids, michigan. very unusual!
post thanksgiving hanging-out with family and odin decides he wants to build a card house. he’s pretty good at building them as we’ve been doing it for many years, but i was skeptical he could build one sturdy enough to stay standing after stacking magazines and books on top of it.
i thought it would topple after the first magazine. nope. ok, but surely it wouldn’t remain standing under a thin book and a magazine? it stood. how about a magazine, a thin book and several hundred pages of theodore roosevelt’s “the wilderness hunter”? IT STILL STOOD!
at this point everyone was so amazed that the dogs had to come check out what was going on. it did not still stand.
( he’s looking a serious here because it’s the fourth shot i’ve taken and he’s a little Over IT. )
saunas with odin on thanksgiving and any other time are but of the many things for which i am thankful. hope you all had a good day.
surely, i don’t have to explain the term yooper to you, do i?
thankful to have had a good run along lake michigan, but they will be even more so when meal preparation is done and they are no longer banished from the kitchen!