|With my parents, siblings and niece my last night in Norfolk|
In my seven years in Michigan there are a lot of things I love about living here. The winter is not one of them. I like winter until December 26, and then I'm over it. I spent this past weekend at Crystal Mountain in northern Michigan for a work meeting. I ran 8 miles on the treadmill on Friday evening because it was cold and snowy. I don't mind running in the cold or snow, but it was getting dark, and I wasn't really sure where to run. I also didn't want to get chased by a bar. So while I hate running on the treadmill, but I had to knock out a long run.
Yesterday, while driving back from a work meeting in northern Michigan, I ended up in a white out. I was the only car on the road at multiple points, and it was stressful. Today in Lansing the temperature was in the teens with a bitter wind chill. Despite a mild winter the last two years, I am immediately irritated by the super cold weather. I have been enjoying the freakishly warm 50 degree January.
There's a lot of winter left in Michigan, and that means running in the bitter cold and working in more cross training. I am continuing my winter trend of cross training with the world's toughest trainer, Jillian Michaels. I have moved on from the 30 Day Shred to Ripped in 30. Just when I think Jillian's DVDs can't get any more difficult I discover level two of Ripped in 30. Holy wow. There are still two more harder levels. If nothing else comes from this bitter cold, my shoulders will at least be ripped. In the mean time I'll just be counting down until spring. It's going to be a while...