Monday, November 03, 2008

Marathon Monday: The Boys are Back in Town!

We are Back! We had a great week at the Katzenpension, as you can see in the photos below. We are well looked after, and had lots of wonderful cozy spots to curl up in, cat trees to climb, and toys to play with. We also had wonderful humans looking after us, feeding us, giving us fresh water, scooping our litterbox, and giving us lots of attention! As you can see in the photos below, Merlin was looking out the window, really wanting to go outside in the cat run, but it was too cold for us to venture outside. Merlin was a little jealous of the furred kitties in the room next door, who were able to go outside. He could see them in their cat run and wanted to go out in ours!

While we were at the Katzenpension, our humans were having a wonderful time in Dublin. They really enjoyed visiting the city, and running the marathon. It was our mom's slowest marathon (and our dad's too, but he was running with her at our mom's pace, and not on his own), but it was also her most enjoyable! You see, her first marathon ended up being a freakish hot, humid day, so towards the end she was walking in the sun, and running in the shade, because it was so hot and humid. For her second marathon, her stomach starting bothering her after the half-way point, so she ended up running as much as her stomach would let her, and walking when it was bad.

For this marathon, our mom had a plan: she ran with her heart rate monitor, and let it tell her how fast or slow to run. So she ended up walking on some of the hills and when they were running right into the strong wind. The weather, apart from the wind, was perfect for marathon running. Cool and cloudy, but not cold (about 8°C/46°F). But the wind was really strong in some spots. The wind never dropped below 20 km/hr (12.5 mph) and at it's strongest it was blowing at 32 km/hr (20 mph) with a few stronger gusts. Especially towards the end, the winds were really strong, and blowing right into their faces. Other than that, it was a great race. Very well organized, terrific crowd support, excellent water stops along the route, and lots of people running at our mom's slow pace, so there were always people around her and our dad!

You can check out some photos of our humans during the race here and here. We will share more stories and photos from their trip later in the week.

Lots has gone on while we were away, and we will do our best to get caught up as soon as possible. We are happy to be home!






32 comments

Sen, Tama and Tom said...

Welcome Back Boys! We missed you!!!

That katzenepension looks like five-star accommodations, but we bet you are happy to be home with your people!

Good going on the marathon. Those are hellish distances for anyone to run. Well done!

Parker said...

We missed you guys!

Mickey said...

Welcome back guys!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm glad you had a great stay at your favourite 'prison' :) While it may have been too cold for you to go out,I'm sure the humans spoiled you :)
It's good your folks enjoyed their time in Dublin too :)
Purrs Mickey

Gandalf and Grayson said...

Hooray! You're all back home! Congratulations to your Mom & Dad for completing the Marathon!

The Island Cats said...

Hey guys, welcome back! We missed you!

Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

Yay! We're so glad you are back. The katzenpension is a beautiful luxury palace but there is no place like home!

The Meezers said...

welcome back guys! we missded you lots!!!! we is glad you and your mom and dad hadded a good time!

Turkey Cats said...

We are very glad you are back!!

DEBRA said...

Welcome back home...we are so glad to see you both again, we've missed you.

purrs,Abby

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Well it is good to see you are back! YEAH.

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

We really missed you guys!! My LL met a Cornish Rex kitty at the VET's office but she said the kitty was more like a Sphynx-like and she said he was sooo soft and sooo sweet.

Kaze

Junior said...

We want to stay at that katzenepension!

Concatulations to your beans on another well run race!

Welcome back!

Isis said...

Welcome back boys, we've missed you!

Purrs,
Isis
XX

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Wow! That cat run looks so nice. Maybe you guys can go out if your mom and dad do a spring run.
Good to have you back!
~ Anna Sue

Daisy said...

Welcome back! We missed you!

PB 'n J said...

Welcome back - we missed you two! Did Merlin get a tan again?!

Concatulations to your Mum and Dad, running a marathon is pawesome!

Evie/VampyVictor said...

woooootootoo! That is excellent that your Momma and Dadda are homez and even better that they are safe and sound like they had a wonderful time!
There are some great photos of them! What a lovely memory, we can not wait to hear more about yours and their adventures!
Your Prison looks very nice too! It woz great to see! :)

V-V

Shadow / Molly said...

Welcome back guys we is sure yoo missed yer mom and dad alots! Cuddle dem extra tight.

Sunny's Mommy said...

That's great that your Mom got to enjoy this marathon :-D Nice photos from the marathon and of you and Merlin at the Katzenpension.

The Devil Dog said...

You're back! Yippie! Mom missed you! We are glad you had fun and were well cared for. We are also glad you stayed nice and warm.
Mom thinks your dad is so sweet to run at your mom's pace. She thinks it is so romantic. We are glad your mom did well and was feeling well throughout the marathon.
:)

Roxy

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

I love that song!!! The Boys are Back in Town! YEAH!
I missed you so much...I see you took my crinkle sack with you to the cat hotel...cool.
I am glad the run was so much fun for your humans. They are sure having a wonderful time living in Europe visiting so many nice places!
Oh I have a message from the Queen you might like today:)

WhimPurr's Whim and the Whiskers said...

Welcome back and congrats to Mom and Dad on an enjoyable run! ;o)

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Concatulations to yoor beans no finishing another marathon. Most importintly, yoo two look like yoo had a fabulus vacation!

Sweet Praline said...

Welcome back boys! My mom is singing that stupid song, "the boys are back in town. . .", but I will forgive her because it is great to see you two again. Can't wait to hear all the news.

Donny and Marie and Casey said...

Wow, your katzpension looks so nice, I *almost* want to go there too!

Your mommy is so pawesome to run marathons. We think a good day is when mommy will actually get up to feed us as opposed to waiting a long time for daddy....

~Marie

Jimmy Joe said...

Hey, I wouldn't mind hanging out there! I am very impressed with your momma and daddy. I don't know anyone who can run a marathon.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Gattina said...

Looks like a beautiful cat hotel ! too bad that it is so cold for you to go outside.
sad that your mom had stomac troubles during the marathon. Dublin must be a nice city !

The Furry Kids said...

Welcome back!! We missed you guys!

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Your katzenepension looks like a luxury spa!

I am glad to hear that your Mum and Dad has a good time and it looks like both you and Merlin did too!

Max said...

WELCOME BACK!!!!

Nehal said...

Thanks for sharing the pics!!

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Nishant said...

Good going on the marathon. Those are hellish distances for anyone to run. Well done!
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