FKT: Jamie Blumentritt - Pictured Rocks Lakeshore Trail (MI) - 2020-09-18

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Route variation
one way
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Finish date
Total time
7h 31m 46s

I started my run at 8:03 am.  The weather was cold at the start (36 degrees), but warmed up nicely to the low 50s.  I could not have asked for a better day for this run!

I wore a vest to carry water and all of my food, along with two handheld water bottles.  I refilled my water at the water fountains at Miners Castle (around 7 miles) and Twelvemile Beach Campground (around 30 miles).

The first half of the trail was so much more difficult than I had anticipated.  It was muddy and more technical at the beginning, and then shifted to sandy beaches.  I started to have doubts as to whether I would be able to beat the previous FKT time because I was not able to get any faster miles in!  Then the last half was more runnable, and I was able to make up some time.

The trail is one of my favorites and I feel so lucky that I got to run the whole thing.  I can’t wait to do it again (but take my time and enjoy the sites).