I think it’s safe to say I love technology – I live it, work with it and have even helped create it. But for as much as I love tech, I really love leaving it for a while. Thankfully, Grand Marais, MN is the perfect place to go when I’m in need of a technology break. It also happens to be where my father lives so it works out nicely! The hubs and I headed to the North Shore for the holiday weekend and by late Friday night, we were chillin’ at the cabin.
On Saturday morning the hubs and I woke up early for our morning T-time at the Gunflint Hills Golf Course. This was my first time golfing this year and only Dan’s second time so we weren’t expecting much. To our amazement we both did great! In fact, this was Dan’s best score playing 9 holes so it made for a very happy first morning on the North Shore.
I had 4.5 miles scheduled for this weekend so we decided on a new running route suggested by my father. We parked at the begging of the road, which is used by local and visiting bikers, walkers, and runners. The road (which is actually the width of about 1.5 cars) runs along Lake Superior and is surrounded by little cabins and B&B’s.
Croftville Road is only 1.5 miles long from one end to the other so it is a popular route for those looking to do 3 miles roundtrip. Because I had 4.5 miles scheduled the hubs, Kippy and I ran down to the end and back, and then I ran back to the end one more time meeting Dan who drove the Jeep to the end. It worked out great!
The views along this running route are absolutely beautiful and I found myself completely immersed in my surroundings, not thinking much of my run at all. I was so enthralled (or distracted) with the lake that I completely forgot to take my Island Boost fuel, which hurt my last 1.5 miles. No matter. It was such a great run that nothing could bring me down!
After the run we headed back to the cabin to throw on our suites and head into the river for a make-shift ice bath – the water was cold!
After drying off, I put on my new compression calf sleeves – which I love! I’ve only used them this one time but I think they really helped with the soreness after running. I tend to have lots of pain in my calf so I’ll continue using these.
With our great run came a great appetite so we headed to my absolute favorite restaurant in all of Grand Marais – The Angry Trout Café. If you like fresh, local and sustainable eating, this is the place for you. Great food, great views – what could be better?
Did you get out for a run this holiday weekend? Are good views important to your run?