12”, 40”, 8”

montana running

what in the world would make a basset hound that has a shoulder height of 12” think that she could outrun and catch a white-tailed deer with a shoulder height of 40” when they are both running in 8” of fresh snow? i have no idea but i do know that this thought was stuck in montana’s head for approximately 30 minutes this afternoon. she tried to chase down a large white-tailed deer, i tried to chase her down, and roux walked behind us and made sure everything had been properly covered in urine. for such a lazy dog montana can really run when she wants to.

the best part was that it was very easy to track montana because her body is slow low and the snow so high that she dug a trench along her path. all i had to do was follow the basset width indention in the snow till i found her.

white CHRISTmas

i dare you
yes the terrell family had it’s norman rockwell day today. last night it snowed 10″. since we haven’t been around snow in seven years the dogs, the kids, and pam and i went outside and had a snow ball fight. it was a blast. i think some of the most fun was watching the basset hounds go from hating the snow to loving the snow in a matter of 15 minutes. after an afternoon of playing in the snow we drove about 20 minutes to a CHRISTmas tree farm in the area. the farm was a “cut your own” farm that had a guy in a santa costume, hot chocolate, a hayride, lots of CHRISTmas music and the view of the farm was from the other side of a frozen lake – very cool. since we have a valuted ceiling in our living room we were able to get the largest CHRISTmas tree that pam and i have ever had. it’s at least 10′ tall. the tree is huge. an added benefit was that every tree over 5′ at this farm is only $25. woohoo.
my snow bunnyplowing through


notice the ice unibrow
today was the 2007 frostbite race. it’s a 5 & 10 mile race through the wintry streets of stevens point. i haven’t run over three milers since injuring my calf. therefore, i thought this was as good of a way to begin training for a marathon again as any. of course, when i signed up i didn’t know the race would take place during the first winter storm of the season. the guys and girls running the 10 mile race had ice beards by the time they got back in. it was immensely cool (or cold depending upon how you think of it).

my run for the day

    distance – 5 miles
    time – 58:11
    pace – 11:39/mile