I guess I am at week 3 of my training plan for [potentially] the Marquette Marathon. I still haven’t committed to it, but this week was really good for running and biking. 41 miles of running. 45 miles of biking (which included the uphill rides on a ski chair lift!). It was also a week of fun mountain bike adventures and lots of yard work.
Mon – 5 miles running. Rise and shine, 5 easy miles to start the week. The weather was great (55 degrees)! I thought it was a little odd that my race shirt just says “half”. I think I’d rather it say 13.1!
Tues – 17 miles biking. Rest day from running, but the first Ladies Ride of the season for me. We split into two groups and had a huge group in the front. 31 people!
Weds – Happy Global Running day! I started with 8 miles of running in the morning.
In the evening we went to a 5K organized by the Toledo Roadrunners. It was a bit challenging to get my legs moving at first, but it ended well and I had 3.14 more miles done for the day!
Thurs – 8 miles running. This run had 4 miles of tempo pace in the middle. Nothing super speedy, but faster than race pace so good enough!
After my run we were headed up north to Boyne City. This trip usually takes 4 ½ hours, but with the charging stops it was closer to 5 ½ hours. This was our first trip with the new bike rack. The rack worked well, but it did cause a reduction in our mileage. Our first charging stop was 150 miles away and we had a small cushion of charge left when we arrived. It wasn’t stressful, but it was unexpected!
We rode for two hours (12 miles) at the Boyne Forest Trail. I enjoyed these trails. They were a lot like our local trails, but with hills! Our trail is pretty flat.
We worked up a big appetite and went to a local brewery for dinner. And then, to the hotel for some relaxation. It was fun bringing our bikes into the hotel elevator!
Fri – 17 miles mountain biking! We had a fun day at Boyne Highlands, which is a place we ski in the winter. They offer several activities in the summer such as golf, but they also have turned the mountain into a downhill bike park. The trails are rated with levels just like ski runs (green – easy, blue – intermediate, black – advanced). I thought even the blue runs were challenging!! It was super relaxing to not have to bike uphill as we used the chair lift to deliver our bikes to the top of the mountain.
My son was crushing it though, making even the advanced trails look easy. I almost had a heart attack when he said he wanted to jump off this wooden thing. The wooden structure is only about a foot wide and is maybe 8 foot tall? Yikes!!!! Another one was a jump that went straight out into a ravine and you had to land on a super steep hill. I thought he was insane when he said that one looked easy.
Even though it was far over my skill level for the majority of the mountain, we had a good time and stayed from open until close (noon – 5pm). It made for a late night and we didn’t get home until 12:30am. zzzzz
Sat – Rest day! After all of the biking, I decided it would be best to take a rest day to have fresh legs for my long run on Sunday. I did end up doing a lot of yard work instead, getting ready for the graduation party happening soon! We did take a break to see the marching band perform in a parade. It was weird not seeing anyone I knew in the band. And, they all looked so young, like freshman!
Sun – 17 miles, long run. My plan had 18 miles this week, and 16 miles last week (which I did not achieve!), so I went in the middle. It was a sweaty run, but overall pretty decent! Even though I was not happy when the park cut down a lot of bushes along this trail, the end result is really nice. I really like the concrete path! Side note, I only have ONE more free Starbucks drink left on my account. You may remember when I got 47 free drinks loaded on to my Starbucks card as a reward for being a credit card member… 3 years ago! I have really stretched out those free drinks.
After my run I went to a garden tour in a historic area of Toledo. Then I came home and was disappointed in my own yard. haha! Side note, I only have ONE more free Starbucks drink left on my account. You may remember when I got 47 free drinks loaded on to my Starbucks card as a reward for being a credit card member… 3 years ago! I have really stretched out those free drinks.
To end my day, I got busy in the kitchen. I baked a whole bunch of cookies for the upcoming graduation party! I totally suck at making cookies, but these actually turned out great!! They look just like the picture (recipe here). Frosting will happen later this week!
Q: Has your summer started out well? Any fun things happening?