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