This past weekend Jennie and I escaped Up North for a half marathon in Glen Arbor. Because we have super cool free lodging up there, we decided to make a weekend out of it.
The race was Saturday morning and it went great. It was a fairly small event with about 200 runners in the half and another 170 in the 5k. For a smallish event, Endurance Evolution did an awesome job putting on the event. The only complaint I had was that aid stations were about 2.25 miles apart and it was a pretty hot & humid day. In their defense, they published plenty of details about everything on both their website and via email so we knew this ahead of time. I ended up carrying my handheld bottle to hold me over between aid stations.
I ended up running a 1:34:52 for 2nd in my age group and 9th overall. I hadn’t planned on running this fast and I actually wore my Hokas to take it easy on the legs. However, as soon as the race started, I easily jumped out to 6th pace knew that I had a shot at the podium. Around 3 miles in, a guy came up next to me and we started chatting. He had done sub-5 at Eagleman the previous weekend so we were both a little wore out. I managed to hang with him for 3 miles before I let him go.
It wasn’t a PR for me, but this was NOT a PR course. See…
Yep. A nice 300’ climb up to the top of Inspiration Point (the view is worth it if you can appreciate it). We ran up the “steep” side and down the “shallow” side which was actually easier on the legs. Still, the climb added 2:00 to my split time for that mile compared to my previous miles. The big climb was hardest, but the entire course seemed to be false flats and rollers which made for a challenging, but fun race.
Jennie also had a great race. She nearly had a PR on a much tougher course than her previous half marathon in Texas. After I finished, I used the Find My Friends iPhone app to track where she was on the course and headed back out to find her. As always, she had a huge smile on her face.
After the race, I met Janet Weiler. I linked to a story about Janet in my Grand Rapids Triathlon race report. She is an absolutely incredible woman. She raced an Olympic tri at the GR Tri, did the half marathon last weekend, and is doing another Olympic tri this weekend. She also has raced Boston the past 5 years. Yep. She raced Boston this past year when over 2,000 runners opted to defer. Her only “complaint” was that the heat caused her to slow down and she missed requalifying. I hope that I am still doing all of this when I am 76.
We talked for quite a bit about races and nutrition. Yes, I talked about race/training nutrition with a septuagenarian. She currently uses Heed products but wasn’t happy with them so I think I convinced her to give First Endurance a try (I need a sponsorship). She called racing her “insurance policy.” I think this doctor needs to meet her.
We stuck around for awards so that I could collect my age group award – a pint glass. Woohoo! Now, if only they would fill it with beer for me…
We spent the rest of the weekend hanging around Glen Arbor, Leland, and Suttons Bay. I got some biking in, but ended up backing off of my scheduled workouts a bit so that there was more time for fun and so that my legs could recover from the race.
I’m not sure if we have a dog or a fish. Bailey absolutely loved the water and it was a challenge to keep him out of it.
Life is good at the beach.
It took some goading, but Bailey eventually
jumped fell off the dock.
Wine tasting! We may or may not have come home with 9 bottles of wine…
Mission Point Lighthouse. The halfway point of my bike ride. Apparently you can stay here for $150 a week as long as you maintain the onsite gift shop.
Looking out on the bay from the lighthouse. As you can see the water level is super low.
Hanging out at the M-22 Store
Bailey was so tired that he fell asleep in his water bowl on the drive home.