Running the Keweenaw Peninsula

Keweenaw 2Hi! We mentioned in our last post that we’re currently on vacation in the Keweenaw (KEY-wuh-naw) Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Since we have an upcoming race our training wasn’t able to be put on hold while we’re traveling. The week has started out rough with a stomach bug hitting our family. It never happens when we have to go to work…only when we’re on vacation.

His Training:

So far I’ve done two runs for a total of 15 miles – a 5 miler and my final 10 miler before the Buffalo Half on May 24th. I did these runs on back to back days in an effort to simulate the fatigue I would feel in the later stages of the race. The worst part of the run was the 200 foot plus climb during miles 6 and 7. The amazing view makes up for the hill as I was running toward the shoreline of Lake Superior, which I absolutely love and often miss living in New York.

Her Training:

I’ve done two runs so far totaling only 4.5 miles as the stomach bug has claimed me as a victim. As soon as I’m feeling back to 100%, I too will be completing my final long run before Buffalo. I’m hoping to complete 11 miles. It’s not ideal that our vacation matched up with our longest training runs for each of us but we’ve been able to stagger our days and have gotten our runs in either early in the morning or in the evening after the kids are in bed. Thankfully it’s still light outside until 9:30ish here so we’re not having to run in the dark.

We would like to encourage anyone in the Keweenaw Peninsula and surrounding areas to participate in the Canal Run on July 18, 2015. We will be there and would love to meet our readers!

On a separate note, the other half and I thought we would share a wonderful article published by Midwest Living highlighting the rich history and showing some of the beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula – our home.

The Keweenaw’s gateway towns of Houghton and Hancock, Michigan, line the Portage Canal.  Photo by: Bob Stefko (Midwest Living)
The Keweenaw’s gateway towns of Houghton and Hancock, Michigan, line the Portage Canal.
Photo by: Bob Stefko (Midwest Living)

A dash of lonesome can add a nice edge to a vacation, especially in fall. We’re talking Johnny-Cash-singing-about-trains lonesome. Rain-pelting-the-window-while-the-coffee-brews lonesome. Good lonesome. The kind Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula delivers in just the right dose.

Has anyone reading ever visited the Upper Peninsula of Michigan?

If so, what did you think?

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