Weekend Adventures

Happy Monday!  Here in the U.S.A. we are still on our weekend as July 4th marks a holiday for us.

Friday started my weekend with a day off from work.  I have been putting in more hours at there lately and I was definitely feeling it.  I was shocked when I woke up at 8 a.m. and realized that Mary had done the same.  She never sleeps in when I want her to the most.  It was a great way to start the day.

I will be running a half marathon next Saturday, so I used that morning to do my final long run.  I got 10 solid miles in with Rock by my side.  It was about a minute per mile slower than my usual pace and I was really grateful that he stuck with me.  The weather was really hot and humid and my shorts decided it was the perfect time to chafe.  Having some company definitely helped.  Getting that run in certainly gave me the confidence booster I needed for next weekend.  I feel very fortunate at 26 weeks pregnant to be able to still run as much as I have been, especially after my injuries in May.


On Saturday I went in to work with some personal training clients and Rock and Mary came with me.  They got a run in together and then we left from work to head to the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City.  That afternoon was the start of the festival and we chose to spend it at the airshow.


A little cloudy but such a beautiful place to be.

Mary typically is like her parents and won’t sit still.  But she was mesmerized by the planes and helicopters.  She sat the entire time!

When we got home that evening and put Mary down, I was able to get my run in for the day.  Seven solid miles on the treadmill.  Now it is time for a little vacation and taper before the half.

Sunday morning was an early wake up to pack the car.  We were off to make our annual trip to Northern Wisconsin where Rock coaches a hockey camp for the week.  The morning rain ended as we reached Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, just in time to check out the Garlyn Zoo.

We have driven past this spot several times but never took the time to stop in.  After getting several recommendations, we decided it would be the perfect place to stretch our legs during our long trip.


Tucked in the north woods of Michigan, this small zoo has everything you need for a quick break.  Mary got to feed goats, llamas, deer and sika deer.  There were even lions, tigers, cougars, and a giant camel.  She also loved rolling apples down the chute to the bears.  If you are ever driving across the Upper Peninsula on U.S. 2, I highly recommend stopping here for a quick break!


Next up, we will be getting our daily runs in along with some ice skating and Wisconsin adventures.  The weather has finally started to feel like summer up here and if the rain holds out for once, we will have a perfect little adventure.

Happy Canada Day and 4th to everyone in the U.S. and Canada!

How was your weekend?

2 thoughts on “Weekend Adventures

  1. Hope you had a great 4th of July! We’ve only been to the Zoo once this year but it’s kinda a special thing to do so I’m waiting for the right time (aka down time!). All the best with your half marathon!

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