We had our coldest summer weekend in Wisconsin to date! We drove up to Green Lake, leaving around 1:30pm on Friday in the midst of rain storms, but when we arrived the sun was shining and the sky was blue.
We able to have Happy Hour on the dock, but needed a few extra layers to stay warm in the wind.
We had a stunning sunset, despite all of the clouds, just before dinner was ready on the grill.
The next morning, the guys were up early with fishing poles on the dock. I was in need of a 14 mile run. My longest run of the season. I didn’t know any local distances, nor do I have a GPS watch, so I decided that a two hour run would be sufficient. With the hills and strong wind, I figured that might be closer to 13 miles. Since the weather was chilly, I didn’t need to head out early for my run. I was able to take a morning boat ride and enjoy my breakfast. Around 10am, my parents and I got into the car. They volunteered to be my athletic support and help me map out a course.
When I read about the Pro Compression sale on Brittany and Megan’s website, I immediately bought a pair. I took some major slack for the bright green color, but I joked that it meant they’d be able to see me from across the lake.
Yes, my Mom and I have the same awesome purple running shoes! She was walking while I was running. We were able to scope out a great place to run, mostly around the lake with a few parts along the local highways. I’m familiar with the route as I have biked it a few times before. My parents dropped me off at the bottom of a HUGE hill and off I went. I ran about 6 miles to the park where they were waiting to cheer me on and refill my water bottles. In another hour, they came back to scoop me up. Although my legs were tired and I wasn’t feeling fast, I did feel strong after 2 hours or running. I’m sure the cool weather and amazing family support helped!
I finished right around lunch time and returned back to the house to find everyone gathered around the table. I dug right into my homemade hummus before making a salad with leftover salmon for lunch. And sipping on a New Glarus beer.
It’s the best part of running in Wisconsin! After lunch we went back down to the docks for fishing round two. My brother and the BOY (on separate docks below) tried their luck with the fish as dark clouds rolled through. We sat under layers of towels for moral support and cheered them on.
Throughout the day, the BOY caught three fish, but only one that I captured on camera!
Due to the dark skies, we decided to move the day’s Happy Hour to the fire pit which was much warmer than the dock!
There was no stunning sunset, but the thick clouds and sprinkles of rain rolling in and out throughout the evening caused quite a dramatic effect.
We had another fantastic dinner and then made s’mores (with the giant mallows) by the fire. When we woke up this morning, there was much of the same in terms of weather. Dark clouds and chilly temps! I was thrilled that I had not signed up for the triathlon again this year or I would have been fighting choppy water and heavy headwinds. Should anyone really need this many layers to be outside on a July morning?!
Since there wasn’t much interest in water sports, we took a boat ride into town to walk around before coming back and you guessed it, eating again : )
We left around noon today and when we returned home, it was actually a gorgeous fall feeling day with the sun shining and clear blue skies!
I always feel unbelievable after a weekend in Wisconsin! Luckily, the BOY and I are heading back up on Friday! It was another fun week in marathon training, and I have picked up some tips from reading Hal Higdon’s book.
Total Weekly Mileage: 28 miles
I have to give a huge shout out to my BF Kelley and her Dad, for competing in Ironman Lake Placid today! Way to go guys!!!