The Minnesota Monster is coming (http://www.minnesotamonster.org/). The half marathon and 10-mile races will start and end near the Cathedral of Saint Paul, and both include beautiful stretches along the river parkway and Shepard Road. There will be plenty of Halloween costumes to keep you amused during the race. It's amazing that some can manage to wear their costumes for the entire race. Some make me tired to just think about wearing them for a block or two, much less, an entire 10-13 plus mile race. I'll be there, trying to set a personal record from about two years ago. So far, I've managed to do this race barefoot every year. I have brought shoes each year, because the temps at the start time have been just below freezing. However, I've always made a last minute decision to ditch them. I hope to do so again this year.