Hurricane Irene is hunkering down on the East Coast. I’m visiting my family in New Jersey and although the hurricane has not yet officially hit the state, the rain has arrived. Yesterday, the Governor ordered a state of emergency evacuating folks from the shore and all up and down the East coast we are preparing for the worst. As unimportant as this sounds, I am not running today. Good thing today’s long run was dropping down a bit to ten miles so I don’t think it will hurt me too much to skip.
However, I was lucky enough to have a beautiful Friday morning run in Marquette, Michigan. For work I was in the Upper Peninsula, home of the Yoopers, doncha know? On Thursday evening I enjoyed a lovely meal with some colleagues and I was amazed that at 9:30 pm it was still light outside. Someone told me that Marquette is one of the most western cities located in the eastern standard time zone area of the country; therefore, it tends to stay lighter longer in the summer. (In June the sun still lingers around 10:30 pm) The only bad thing is that during the winter the sun shines less frequently with sunrise sometimes occuring past 8 am (can we say seasonal depression!). But the folks I met there didn’t seem to think it was so bad–people move there for the quality of life and it’s a land of outdoor activities throughout all the seasons. I think that I’d be up for the challenge of living in a place like that especially where everyone is so friendly.
When I travel to new places, even quick work trips, I always try to squeeze in just enough time to get some sense of my surroundings and local culture. So by 6:30 am Friday morning, I was out the door for my running adventure. Marquette is located along Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. Temperature was in the high 60’s with very little humidity. What a nice relief from what I’ve been running in all summer. There was a terrific jogging trail along the lake and, as I tend to do in new running destinations, I snapped some photos on my phone and through them you can learn more about my journey. I really wanted to run further, but time was prohibitive. This run was the perfect antidote to my recent wave of “I’m getting bored with running.” I was in a new surrounding which helped take me out of that rut.
Week 4 Recap (8/21-8/27): 3 days of running totalling 14 miles (skipped long run), 1 cross training day (including weights)