this past weekend brandon and i headed up north for the 10th annual mackinac bridge run. this is a special run because you can only gain entry via a lottery system and brandon happened to be one of the lucky winners! (yes, i was pretty jealous i didn't get picked but maybe next year, right??)
i used the opportunity of going up north to get in my long run for the week on mackinac island, which happens to be exactly 8 miles around - the exact distance of my run. it's almost like it was meant to be ;)
this was my first chance to show off all my new oiselle gear and i really took advantage of the opportunity, as you'll see in the pictures!
|waiting for the ferry to head over to mackinac island|
mackinac island, for those of you who don't know, doesn't allow any motorized vehicles on the island. the only means of transportation are horses, bike and foot. the main town is also only .25 miles long (or so), so this makes it a great place to run because the rest of the island is relatively uncrowded!
|just before the start of the run, mile 0 at the marina|
|even on an overcast day, the island is still gorgeous|
|running by the occasional horse on the quiet side of the island was|
something fun to look forward to
|dodging horses in town is a little more challenging...|
the hardest part about running mackinac island might be the amazing smells of fudge that fill the little stretch of town as you stroll through. there are multiple fudge shops within .25 miles so smelling the fudgy amazingness is pretty unavoidable. i had a post run snack of sea salted dark chocolate caramel fudge and it did not disappoint!
|post run - all smiles!|
that night, brandon and i went to the race pasta party where we also got to pick up his race packet. they didn't serve any gluten free pasta so we had to go out for dinner #2 afterwards. for the record, village inn in st. ignace has great gluten free pizza!
|us at the pasta dinner|
|brandon showing off his race shirt|
at 4:30am on labor day, brandon and i were up and heading to the race drop off so racers could catch the shuttle to the start line. wheelers started at 6:35am and the runners were off at 6:45. it was cold and windy but that didn't keep spectators from coming out and cheering on the participants!
|brandon took this picture from the bridge|
|brandon also took this picture|
the race wasn't timed, but from my watch, i clocked the first runner coming in around 25 minutes (the bridge is 4.5 miles long). the first half of the run is uphill and the second half downhill and you could really tell the difference in elevation from brandon's splits! speedy second half for sure.
|brandon coming down the home stretch|
|all smiles at the finish line|
brandon loved every minute of this race and i was proud of how he ran. i think i will keep putting my hat in the ring to see if i can do it someday! after the run, the bridge is open up to walkers from 7am - 11am. over 40,000 people were expected to participate in the walk which is incredible! i did the walk more than a few years ago and it is one experience i think every michigander should do.
though a busy weekend, brandon and i had a lot of fun. we got to celebrate his birthday in one of our favorite places and got to share two great run experiences with each other. it doesn't get much better than that!
what were highlights from your labor day weekend? do you think you'd ever run or walk over a large bridge like the mackinac bridge?