If you know me, you know how much I love Mackinac Island, Michigan. It’s a little island located to the east of St. Ignace, a city in the upper peninsula just across the Mackinac Bridge. This island, just a little over 8 miles in circumference, feels like home to me! We visit at least once a year and it’s always hard to leave. The main modes of transportation are by bicycle and horse, and the only motorized vehicles on the island are that of emergency units and garbage trucks (we actually saw the Waste Management truck out during my run around the island).
We are always on the Island for our anniversary weekend since the 8-Mile race is the same weekend, and that race is a tradition. We knew we wanted some extra time there to explore more of the island on our mountain / adventure bikes. But, the 8-Mile weekend is a big family filled weekend…it’s my absolute favorite weekend of the entire year. So, we opted to plan our anniversary trip a few weeks early so we could get away just the two of us and it wouldn’t interfere with our daughter being in school.
Our daughter hung out with her grandparents, aunt, and cousin at the cottage for our trip.
The drive to Mackinaw City was a wet one! We drove though some nasty storms, but it cleared enough when we arrived to get a bike ride in.
We did some shopping too, which was fun. I got a bicycle necklace in rose gold, a Mackinac magnet, a Christmas ornament, and a cool framed wooden map of the island that I always comment on when we visit.
Friday was a pretty low key day. It rained some more, and TMI — I ended up getting my period with horrible cramps (I rarely get cramps, go figure!) so I took a nap (haha!) while my husband did some reading. I felt better by evening and we had a great dinner at The Pink Pony. I loved the waterfront views!
Saturday morning I got my 8 mile run in around the island. This was my “time trial” for the race. It was a big confidence booster! I made a pace band for this and it was so helpful seeing where I was at each mile and knowing if I had time to slow it down near the end of a mile and recover a little before picking it up again for the next mile. So although my splits didn’t follow the band exactly, having it on definitely helped me see how I was doing and it was a good guide. I ended up finishing faster than goal pace! 🙌 I think I need to re-think my race-day goals now!
My husband took this picture below as I started.
Here’s my official stats…8.13 miles, 1:11:54, 8:51 pace.
We biked about 10-12 miles Saturday afternoon and biked to the top of the island (Fort Holmes), Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf, and watched some planes land and take off at the airport.
That evening we got dressed up and took a carriage to the Grand Hotel’s Cupola bar for pre-dinner drinks, then headed down to the 5-course dinner at the hotel after.
It was a great meal, but I wouldn’t spend money on that again. I’m too Dutch for that! 🤣
It was such a fantastic little get-a-way, even with the weather not being great in the beginning. We were still able to do everything we wanted to, so I’d say it was a success! I’m really looking forward to returning with my family in a few weeks.