Friday, January 21, 2011

Frosty the Slow Woman!!!!

This was a pretty exciting week. One of my New Year's resolutions is to run a half marathon. Matt and I had already decided which one we were going to run, but it is sure sneaking up on us. This week marked 12 weeks from the Holy Half Marathon in South Bend, IN on the campus of Notre Dame. So let the training begin. Matt and I ran a half marathon on Thanksgiving day in 2009. After beginning my training this week, I realized we had it much better training in the fall in TN than training in the winter in MI. 

Monday was a pretty chill day, as you can see from the puppy sleeping on the bed. Sundays are the days I do my longer runs, and Monday will usually be a rest day.

Tuesday was the first of many frigid (34 degrees, the high for this week) runs. It was a lot more fun with good company. Nick and Taryn ran too and are planning on doing the half marathon with us. 

Wednesday, we made it to the cornfield for Maglee's walk. But all the snow has a layer of ice on it from the warmer temperatures.

Poor Maglee, got scratched up by all the ice, but she still thoroughly enjoyed her walk (actually more like run for her).

Thursday, is usually date day/night. This week we decided to do something a little different.

Matt picked up a delicious sub from Baguette de France, probably one of our favorite restaurants here, and we just ate it at home.

Thursday night we also made it to Petsmart. This was Maglee's first time there, and she did so great! She even came out with a sweater. Just so you know I'm not one of those people that dresses my dog up. This was strictly for warmth. My dog is from the south, just like me, and she is freezing in this Michigan winter. She will be much warmer now!

This morning (Friday), I did the coldest run I have ever done. When we started it was 16 degrees. When we finished it was 12 and snowing a pretty good bit.

Here's Matt covered in snow with icicles from his goatee. He is looking very chipper!

I am also cover in snow with icicles all over my face. We both had on lots of layer: 3 on top and 2 on bottom. I did run in gloves too. At this point I wasn't really cold just wet from sweat and melted snow. Matt and I are strongly considering getting gym memberships soon.

This is kind of off the wall, but I was very proud of myself. This is our shower. I scrubbed our shower clean for about an hour this afternoon. Originally the entire shower was the orange color around the handle in the picture on the left. But now the whole shower is white like the picture on the right. This is one the many things I've experienced in Michigan, lots of iron in our water. It doesn't taste as good as the water in GA or TN either. Yay.... Now I can get clean in a clean shower!

Psalms 51:10 The New Living Translation
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.


  1. Boy you sure are brave to practice running in this weather. I don't even think a loyal Michigan resident would be so dedicated. Good luck on your run. Glad to see the puppy is warm with a good coat now. I got one for Levi too for when they go camping and he gets cold.

  2. I think it's crazy that we are both running in the snow! I'm on the mend with a foot injury, but start my half marathon training in Feb. I can't wait. I'm gona run 2 this year. We should plan to run one together when we both get back to the south. Who know that the two Jennifers we the coolest people in the family? Oh wait, I knew that! Love you and tell Matt I love him too!