Jingling through town

Y’all have heard me talk about it quite a bit over the last fees weeks and months, well today was finally the day.  The Arthritis Foundation‘s Seattle Jingle Run and Walk!  As usual, the main topic of conversation leading up to today was the weather.  December is NOT our best weather month of the year.  In the past, we have had monsoon rains, snow, wind, and anything else you can think of.

This year was cold!  Here in Seattle, we usually end up in the 40’s at night and maybe 50 during the day.  Then, in a cold snap, we’ll get down to the lower 30s or even (GASP!) upper 20s at night, and get to the 40s in the day.

This week we have been in the teens!  It NEVER gets that cold here.  I even stopped wearing sandals to Starbucks a day or two.  It was that cold.  Last night was no different.  In fact, some places hit single digits.  UGH.  Time to break out the layers.

Michelle and I had a helluva time waking up, but we sucked it up and headed and got our of bed!


We really didn’t have much of a choice.  Michelle was an honoree, and, in fact, had duties to perform.  She was given an all access pass, designating her “Queen Bee”.  Me?  No pass, but as her loyal minion and handler, I was able to get her where she needed to go!

Our first stop was the stage looking at the other diehards that showed up.

imageWe also had a great view of the Christmas Tree from there

imageMost importantly, Michelle was given the chance to thank everyone for coming out, participating, and most importantly, raising money to search for a cure to Autoimmune and Arthritis.


Then things got a bit tricky, we had to get her from the stage, downstairs through the crowds, to the starting line, to cut the ribbon!  We were off!  In doing so, we also led Jill (yep the spitfire from the boxing class) and her mini-me (also a spitfire) Leah to their places in the starting line.  These two were running, Michelle and I were walking.

We got Michelle to the front of the line, and they gave her giant scissors!

imageThat evil grin was scaring me!  it’s really a good thing she likes me!

The crowd was getting restless, and wanting to go (or they were catching hypothermia and frostbite, not sure which!)  In fact our buddy john was front and center and ready to fly!

image3 …..  2 …..  1! 

imageOK I am a crappy photographer, but here she is cutting away!  And they were off!

We gathered the rest of our PEMCO prancer team, and waited for the walkers!

I really like this course.  It takes off going south on 5th ave, past all the lights and people on the sidewalks.  We passed  pub or two and Sue and Sandy were wondering “Why are we walking in the cold when we could have bloody marys instead!”  But we kept going.

After almost a mile, it turns left an we go into a tunnel that takes us to the covered express lanes.  Let me tell you, in the rainy walks, this part is a godsend!  its a chance to dry off a little, warm up some and get out of the rain for almost 2 miles.  It also echoes really well!  So there are always people sing christmas carols as they walk through.  Today was no exception.

I am happy to say, it got warmer as we walked.  I was shuckin layers and unzipping to cool off! My wife does NOT mosey.  After we got past strollers, dogs, short legged kids and the occasional 49er fan (IN SEATTLE??) we held a pretty good clip.  By the time we exited the express lanes, the sun was shining!

We crossed the finish line at exactly an hour.  We were both happy with that.  A good stretch of the legs with 12,000 of our closest friends, a pretty day, and no rain!  PLUS free breakfast from the Barking Frog food truck (The ROAD TOAD!) yum!!

It was a great day and we had fun.  We will be back next year.  I will tell you, that lady lived up to the title honoree.  They were darn lucky to have her, and she epitomizes the figure of a person who will NOT let this get her down.  NOTHING stops my Michelle!

Love you babe!  Great job, and I am VERY proud of you!





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