Sunday, November 23, 2008
O Christmas Tree and the 12 Miles of Sunday
Yesterday, Jerry, Scooter and I did put up our Christmas tree. Although, really, Scooter was barely any help at all; here he is trying to help Jerry fluff up the tree's branches (we have an artificial tree), and his little paws are no good at all with this task.Jerry and I have a tree "process" where our tasks are divided, and so far each year, it has worked out well: He assembles the tree and strings the lights, and I apply the ornaments. When the tree comes down, we apply the same method, just in reverse.
Here's Scooter, below, sitting in front of the finished tree. I know it's a little early for a tree to go up, and we've never put it up before Thanksgiving before, but like I said yesterday, we only have about 3 weeks to enjoy it at home before we leave for a 2 week Christmas vacation, so we wanted it up early this year.
Here's Scooter sitting in front of his stocking hoping that Santa will fill it with rawhide and rubber toys. He's being a "good dog" just like his stocking claims he is.
And here's Scooter chillin' in his new bed with Dirt Shrew by the Christmas tree. I don't know what it is, but there's something about having a tree up that makes the place feel so cozy.
This morning, I met Wendy up in Boca to run a 12 miler, and it went well. The air is still cool and crisp, so it felt nice to run. We did our 12 miler in 2:03:37 for an average of 10:18/mile, and really we had plenty of miles where we consistently logged a 9:45 pace, but once you add in a few walk breaks and a bathroom break, our overall pace was slowed. But still, it was a good training run.
We're both planning on running the Palm Beach Half on Dec 7th, so this was our last training run together until then. I have the Turkey Trot on Thursday, PB Half on the 7th, and that's gonna conclude my 2008 race calendar -- hard to believe it's getting to so close to the end of the year!