A Long, Quick Trip to Mankato

Steph and I spent the past weekend in the good old north of Minnesota where we partook in the Mankato Half-Marathon.  It was cold (low 30s), sprinkling rain, and on one occasion, snowing.

We sure have a knack of picking out the best races, right?

To be honest, it wasn’t a bad race.  Great volunteers, well organized, and the course was nice and scenic.  But why Mankato?  The main reason is that the Walt Disney Marathon (in January) requires proof of time in order to avoid starting in the very last corral.  Our times from Grandma’s Marathon was just outside the permissible time range so we opted to run Mankato’s certified course.

What we both thought was going to be a steady run to get a qualifying time ended up as a race for Steph’s personal record in the half-marathon.  And we almost had it, missing by less than a minute.

Or did we?

According to my Garmin Forerunner 610, we ran 13.23 miles in 1:50:21. According to Steph’s Garmin Forerunner 405CX, we ran 13.26 miles in 1:50:19.

Using SportTracks (the software we offload our data into), we can see that we crossed the 13.1 mile mark at 1:49:19 (Steph’s was 1:49:05).  Steph’s PR for the half-marathon is 1:49:31.  By that logic, we beat her PR.  So I’m saying she’s got a new PR, she’s on the fence.

Either way, we got ourselves some shiny new medals and a good starting corral for Disney.

Runner’s Bling


Two Months with Cats

Cici – Skye

This past Monday marked two months with our new feline companions.  How’s it going?

Between the cats, things are good.  They’ve finally gotten used to each other’s presence and are even playing together.  There are times when we aren’t sure if Skye understands that Cici is blind.  Then, there are times like this morning, where Skye goaded Cici into chasing her and ran her into a wall.


Most of the time though, play time involves Skye lying on her back and bopping Cici who then promptly starts bopping Skye in the face, then Skye will tackle Cici and they’ll wrestle a bit before wandering off  to murder a squeaky mouse.

As for Cats and Humans, well …

I don’t always look cute but … just kidding, I always look cute.

Sadly, Cici has us wrapped her around her little pay.  All she has to do is prance through the house or slide across the bamboo floors and we’ll do anything she wants.  Skye is the perfect lap kitty (save for the fact that she doesn’t actually want to sit on your lap).  She, however, has decided that my toes, legs, and other appendages are perfect targets for pounce practice.  The best time for this of course is between the hours of 1 – 3 am.

*sigh* *yawn*

So in a nutshell – things are going good.  It’s nice to have pets in the house once again.

Excuse me, I can’t help but notice you aren’t scratching my belly. This must be rectified.