A Trip to Paradise (Michigan)

This past week, my mom, sisters, and I went to Paradise, Michigan for Run for the Light, a fundraiser for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. It was a chilly but sunny weekend, and we had a great time!

My mom ran the half marathon, and nailed it! This was her second half, and she beat her previous time by 14 minutes. Go, Mom! We’re so proud of you!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI ran the 10K. I shaved 10 seconds off my previous 10K PR. It was such a small race, I won 2nd place in my age group.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbby couldn’t run because of her leg, so she volunteered at the finish to be the secondary timer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd Naomi had a cold, so she couldn’t run either. She was our photographer!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter Mom finished, we stayed to check out the Shipwreck Museum–it was really great! We climbed to the top of the lighthouse (the oldest, still functioning lighthouse on Lake Superior) to see a view of Whitefish Point and the beautiful fall colors.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe buildings on the lighthouse grounds are open and house different exhibits. The light keeper’s house is beautifully restored to what it would have looked like around 1900. The coast guard building features old boats and lifesaving equipment. The museum itself had displays about shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.

More than running and museums, I simply enjoyed spending the weekend together. The night before the race, we lounged in the hot tub for awhile and relaxed in our room. After the museum, we stopped in St. Ignace to go out to lunch.  I love being able to spend so much time with my family!

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Peace

I went running tonight. It was a detox run. A “phew, this week is over” run. A cleansing run. A great run.

I wish I had had my camera.

The sun was setting, throwing ribbons of pink and purple and orange over the lake.

The Village was frosted with lights, icicles and snowflakes. Garland. Wreaths.

The roads were dry. The air was crisp. Town was pervaded by a spirit of calm.

As I get ready to head into a week full of the hustling, bustling, and craziness that seems to inevitably strike in the weeks before Christmas, it was good to enjoy the peace of the Christmas season. To revel in the celebration.

I wanna know: Are you busier than usual this Christmas? Have you found some time to rest and relax and enjoy?

Freezing 5K: Mayflower 2010

I woke up Saturday morning to a thermometer reading 24 degrees. Give or take. Oh boy.  Perfect weather to head outside and a run a race 🙂 Or something…

Thankfully, the wonderful race volunteers went out that morning and spread copious amounts of salt, so there was no ice to be seen on the course.

Snow!

Number pinned…

So ready! Let’s do this!

The race went really well! I like the course. It’s not super interesting, but it’s very straight forward.

  • Mile 1: 8:55
  • Mile 2: 9:20
  • Mile 3.1: 10:25
  • TOTAL: 28:40

Much warmer post-race:

All in all, I’m pleased with my time. I went into this race wanting to run strong and finish in under 30 min. Done and done! Time goal for next 5K (Turkey Trot) is under 28 minutes. I think I can do it. I’m going to add in a sprints session at the track 3 times between now and Thanksgiving Day. Project for tomorrow is to draw up training plan with goals (times/negative splits).

I hope that you all had a great weekend!