Using trusty mapmyrun.com I created a nice 12M run from Buck and Bunny’s (my parents) home in Midland, Michigan. But, honestly, I wasn’t very excited about the route. The major downside is that most of the run would be on crappy country roads (unlike nice country roads that I love to run on). While discussing my run with Bunny, she mentioned the Pere Marquette Rail Trail—which is a flat, all asphalt, trail that goes for 30+ miles.
Well happy day. And the route was amazing. I wish I had known about it sooner. I did a nice out and back. Best of all, my younger sister Gunior rode a bike alongside and kept me company during the run.
My goal for the run was to keep my pace between 6:50 and 7:05, nice and easy and pretty even. I was able to do this with the exception of the very last mile, which I just kicked into gear for no real good reason. Splits: 6:52, 6:56, 7:03, 7:04, 6:57, 6:50, 7:01, 6:58, 6:55, 7:06, 6:34.