|Celebrating Wisconsin, The Best way.|
|This Mornings Temp in Iowa. -5!|
|COLD , SNOW, AND WIND!|
|Bitter Wind Chills!|
She took a day off. Because the snow was deep, the temps were SUB-zero, and the Wind was dangerously strong and blow-ie. The weather channel advised AGAINST being outside at all that day. I could barely stand being out in it for longer than a moment without protective gear on. Wind-chills really cut to the bone and cause exposed parts of the body to shrivel up. Not the best to run in at all.
|Iowa in the Deep Freeze.|
|We prepare for the New Year Dash.|
|Last Year's New Year's Day Dash.|
Speaking of last year! This is my last post of 2017.... so lets look back at some of the cool and adventurous things we accomplished this year. ( and try to forget the bad stuff, which there was much and too many to mention in this "short"blog posting.
|Cheryl Shows off her Medal, Notice the sun and Lack of snow.|
Last year, Cheryl ran this very race in much friendlier weather. We thought it would set the tone for the over all year. And, from a weather perspective, that was true.
|Shorts in January!|
|Hiro Shows off his cone.|
|AND his lovely Scar...|
Along with Marathon training, Comes the Usual "January Surprise!" For 2017, it was Hiro getting into a scrap with some outdoor ruffian cat. His little experience showed him that there are dangerous things out in the world, and wearing a cone for a month is not a fun thing.
One of the BIG things that needs to be remembered ( and forgotten) about 2017.... Is the BOSTON MARATHON! That is right! Cheryl ran the Boston Marathon.... mostly. I should spin it as: She finished! The BOSTON MARATHON! Got the shirt, the jacket, and the medal. And was able to tick off another world marathon majors city off the list. So...Mission accomplished!
|Showing off the Spoils.|
|The True SURVIVOR|
I suppose I could clarify the details, but better to just look back and read the lengthy blog postings back in April. Let's sum it up as the Boston dream quickly spiraled into a bad dream...but stayed out of "nightmare" territory....just barely. It proves that with everything going well leading up to race day does not mean that the race itself will be equally as awesome. A dark cloud over what should have been an otherwise sunny and perfect day. But isn't that how life is most of the time...?
After Boston, Cheryl's running schedule seemed to shudder a bit. She ran Mad Town and won an award. (Proving that she was still capable of running a decent race when things go well.
She ran the Firecracker 10K with the three Elvises. Proving that she can break through any wall that gets in her way.
But then she got hurt towards the end of July. This caused her to have to take a serous break from running. Time to find other things to occupy ourselves with.
Enter: The Farmer's Market! Over several weeks, Cheryl slowly built up a small arsenal of felt items to sell there. Saving us from bankruptcy and starvation!
Cheryl's folks came to visit.... some time after Boston. It's always good to see the folks.
|My Best glimpse of the Total Solar Eclipse.|
As Summer ended and fall began, Cheryl began to run again. By this time, however, she was forced to miss all of her Fall races and her Quad Cities Marathon. The only other race she was able to run was the Turkey Trot in Des Moines. Unfortunately, there was no medal, only a coffee mug to remember the race by.
|Cheryl enjoys her Mug.|
|Stockings! Lots of Dogs Stockings....|
|Speaking of Dogs! Guess what year.|
|All these qualities and MORE!|
So sayonara 2017! Let's bring in that New year and see what will happen. Or as Mr. Burns says: Release the Hounds! Woof! Woof!