A whirlwind around the state going to my hometown of Flint, Up North, to Mackinac Island, and generally all over the state visiting relatives.
I/we even set foot on the University of Michigan's campus while visiting relatives. Fortunately the feelings of stuck-up-idness and entitlement as we drove through campus quickly dissipated.
I even managed to mix in some racing into the vacation - the day we left for vacation my mom sent me an email and informed me that there was a race going on the morning we arrived. The Atwood Stadium 5k & 10k Races. And they staggered the times so you could race both if you wanted. So I had her sign me up, we got in at 3:30am, and after getting the kids settled and luggage lugged got in 2 hours of sleep in the room I grew up in and then got ready to run!
The 5k started at 7:30am, and the 10k at 8:30am for those running "The Duo" as they were calling it.
I could not have scripted a better way to start the vacation - running a 5k and then 10k back-to-back in my hometown (home neighborhood really) the morning we arrived. Was so great going down to the stadium where I spent many a Friday night watching H.S. football games.
In spite of nill sleep and awesome leadup to the race... Not! (have not been missing any meals since my marathon a bit back and while have been logging some good miles I have been avoiding speed work like the plague), I managed to pull out a 6th in 5k, a 3rd in the 10k and a 3rd in "The Duo". Too funny. Side note: the dudes who were in 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the 5k didn't run the 10k - lame and weak!
The races themselves were so fun - at one point I was as far back as 10th in the 5k when people started imploding ahead of me, and as far back as 7th in the 10k before people started blowing up.
Such great fun - here are a few pictures from as taken by Jinx'd Photography (they said ok to share via the pics on Facebook - so taking them up on).
Before the start of the 5k while a guy belted out The National Anthem. Great.
At the start of the 5k. The dude without a shirt on won both the 5k & 10k and the dude next to him in the navy blue tank-top took 2nd in both. They were both cool dudes.
Start of the 10k. Same two dudes ahead of me again. Guy in blue tank-top perhaps could have won the 5k or 10k if he wasn't wasting energy fiddling with his headphones at the start of both races :-)
Looks like I was sweating a lot here towards the end of the 10k. It was a hot one, and I forgot about that MI humidity.
After the 10k a pic with our youngest.
So my times were pretty lame, but in addition to the above excuses they were both really hilly courses around my old Mott Park stomping grounds.
Then we went to Halo Burgers and took pictures at/of the Vernors mural. So Flint!
These were taken right after going to the newly opened awesome downtown Flint Farmers Market and having a great breakfast (see above comment about not missing meals) while bumping into old friends and catching up on happ's.
Then it was Up North for a great time. The highlights included our oldest taking a ton of great pictures - she is quite the budding photographer, canoeing, reading here and there two great books still not done with (this and this), going to Mackinac Island, my losing track of my mileage on a long run and putting in 30 miles (awesome in retrospect, not so much at the time...), partying too hard one night, going to The Venetian Festival, and seeing many relatives and old friends.
Everything a vacation should be...
So now on the running front it is a few weeks until a bat-s*^! crazy 60km night ultra-marathon starting at 7:00pm here in Phoenix (any time day or night in Phoenix in mid-August promises to be a scorcher), and then commencing a big training block to try (again) to get under 3:00hrs in a full marathon towards the end of the year.
As taken by our daughter from the Round Lake drawbridge looking out towards the Big Lake side. Awesome!