8 Mile Mackinac Island Run

I recently went on vacation with my family to Mackinac Island, MI and If you haven’t been there its a very nostalgic place with no vehicles (except for the fire trucks). The island’s transportation includes walking, bikes or horse carriages.

The island is about 8 miles in diameter and the main road travels next to the coast line. During the morning of the run, the winds were brisk and the temperatures were in the mid 50’s.

About a month ago I started to make the transition to a minimal running shoe and I decided to wear my new Merrell Bare Access 2 shoes on this run, which were very comfortable. However, I should have ran a few more 2-3 mile runs to let my legs adjust to the minimalist running style as my calf and lower leg muscles were quite sore for the next few days.

I managed to complete the run in just over a hour, 1:05:52 and managed an average pace of 8:13 per mile, burning 1118 calories.

If you find yourself in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan take the ferry ride over to the Island and run, you won’t regret it.