Sherri and I have been training for the 15k Hot Chocolate Race that took place near St. Anthony Main in downtown Minneapolis today. My parents were gracious enough to drop us off at the starting line where runners were already packing into the corals. We busted our butts alongside 2,255 die-hard runners, all dominating the surrounding streets and walkways along the Mississippi river. The event raised support for the Ronald McDonald House charity. It was a gorgeous 75 degree day. The only downer was a fairly brisk headwind that we had to trudge through for a 5 mile stretch. Sherri ran her longest distance ever with a time of 1hr. 39min. 57sec., finishing smack-dab in the middle of the pack. I finished 12th place overall, and 2nd in my age class, with a time of 1hr. 3min. 11sec. At the finish line, we were cheered on by my parents, together with my brother Joe and his family. It was a fun way to be out-and-about on a beautiful weekend day together. We took a much needed nap after we got home, tending to a few blisters and some sore muscles- totally worth it!
After the race with our medals
Sherri ran with a teacher friend, Kelly (on the left)
Sherri & I snuck away from schoolwork for a day to enjoy the Fall colors at Jay Cooke State Park with my parents and sister, Julie. It was so refreshing being able to crawl around in the woods along the river with trees bursting with color.
Sherri & I finally got a chance to partake in all the fun and hype we've been hearing about this Almelund Threshing Show. It's a podunk, miniature state fair out in the middle of nowhere that is just our style. There was a historic little schoolhouse with all kinds of artifacts, blacksmiths hammering away at fiery steel, a genuine working lumber mill with a saw blade the size of our Prius, a flea market full of random trinkets and nick nacks, plenty of time for a pitcher of watered-down beer and a pretzel, country bands playing in the background with lots of microphone feedback, decrepit steam engine tractors that looked and sounded like they were going to explode, and last but not least, an old-school tractor pull competition as the sun went down. Pure small-town awesomeness!
Shhhhh! This is a library for heaven's sake.
The beloved Dunce Cap
The two best teachers right at home in the schoolhouse