Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Vacation - Part Three

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Day 4 started off with a nice leisurely 2 mile walk along the shore of Lake Michigan.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing around the camp fire recuperating from yesterday's hike, and preparing for the following day's walk across the Mackinaw Bridge.

Day 5, the final day of the trip, started with the alarm going off at 6:30 AM, and a big groan that it was time to get up and get moving. The morning got off to a slow start, but we finally made it to the starting line.

And we're off!

View from the bridge

A few new friends!

We're almost there; we can make it.

By the time we hiked across the bridge, and back and forth to the bus and car, it was probably about 7 miles. Happily my ankle did great, and the blister wasn't too painful. My knee, however, was another story. It was pretty sore by the time I was done. I haven't really been stretching since I haven't been running, and I don't think my knee is very happy with me!

We drove back to my parent's house, got cleaned up, packed our stuff, and headed out for the looonnngg 6 hour drive back home. We made it back in one piece, but my knee didn't feel very good while I was driving. I'm hoping that with a few more days rest and icing it'll be back to normal. But at least my ankle didn't bother me the entire trip!

We had a great time, and it was so nice to get away for some relaxation and some exercise. I have to admit that this trip was the first real exercise I've gotten since my ankle injury. Sure, I've walked a little, and ran a little, but nothing that was a challenge. It was awesome to get back out there and really push myself. I can't wait for my knee to get to feeling normal again so I can test out the ankle on another run. The ankle injury occurred on July 20th, so a few more weeks and it will have been 2 months, which is impossible for me to believe as the time has flown by. The doctor said 3 - 6 months recovery. I'm hoping for the shorter side of that! I've already been tossing around a few ideas of possibilities for my next race.

But I'm probably getting a little ahead of myself.


  1. Great Post and PICS!!!

    Catch me up to speed...are you going to be able to run in Chicago?

  2. Awesome pics.

    Hang in there. You are doing great during the recovery efforts.

  3. Love all the pictures. And I'm glad your ankle did well.

  4. Just discovered your blog. Nice pics! Also, congratulations on losing weight. I started running a couple of months ago and am LOVING the weight loss & firming up that go with it!

  5. love reading about your time "up north" -it's a michigan thing

    we're heading to the island tonite for tomorrow's run around the island.

    thanks for the inspiration, and since you asked for folks to run a mile for you during this down-time and recovery, consider a mile for you around the island a done deal.

  6. Congrats on the bridge walk!! It looks awesome! and great pix too! Let's hope the doc's 3 month prediction is right. Oh, and just for kicks, i'll run 20 miles for you tomorrow.

  7. found ya via amy's site.

    awesome pics! always wanted to visit michigan and now i feel like i have.