|Mickelson Trail Flowers & Creek|
We're in Deadwood, South Dakota, in the northern part of the Black Hills National Forest. My husband and I have been heading north in our RV since June 10 from Texas. This week, we've seen canyons and visited Wyoming. Plus, I've continued to train for the Missoula Marathon, which is on July 12.
We spent some time working at the RV (RV upkeep, laundry) and the RV Park is close to places we wanted to see. We watched both a dog competition and a gunfight on Main Street in Deadwood. At a restaurant in nearby Lead, I ate lavender honey ice cream from a Rapid City, SD, ice creamery that tasted like eating flowers dipped in honey, which maybe doesn't sound pleasant, but it was delicious.
More Mickelson Trail Running This Week
Last week, we stayed near Mt. Rushmore (we both liked that area even better than up north where we are now) and I ran on the Mickelson Trail near mile marker 57. This week, I ran near mile 107. One day, I waved away a group of four deer to get them to run away from me instead of coming towards me. I ran by a grassy place always flooded with about 10-12 fat rabbits, too.
|Bench Dips at a Trail Head? Sure!|
Since I'm from flat and low Texas, I've slowly increased my hill distance to about 5 miles straight up a gradual hill for my last few runs. I want to be ready for the mid-point hill at the Missoula Marathon. Deadwood has an elevation of 4531' and Missoula's elevation is 3209'. Train high and race low!
Sun: 8 miles easy at 12:48/mi with sprints
Mon: 12 miles at 11:51/mi (hard effort down hills)
Wed: 10 miles at 11:33/mi (hard effort up/down hills, my max up a hill was about 5 miles)
Fri (Today): 16 miles at 10:48/mi, 2 hours 52 min. (my max up a hill was about 4 miles, happy to see that the hills and elevation didn't slow me down as much today, felt good at the finish)
Total Running: 46 Miles
Across the street from the Mickelson Trail is a truffle store. I bought a delicious dark chocolate raspberry truffle to eat after today's long run. They even have a truffle vending machine out front for truffle emergencies!
Spearfish, South Dakota
It's hard to pick a favorite, but the Spearfish Canyon Byway was my favorite drive of the week.
|Spearfish Canyon: Bridle Veil Falls|
Devils Tower, Wyoming
|Our View of a Wyoming Canyon at Lunch|