We survived the race! It was a very chilly start, just below freezing. But fortunately we had made a last minute trip to the outdoorsy store (coupon in hand!) and got some great cold weather pants. Barbie and I were in different starting waves, so I gave her a huge hug and some encouraging words before her first half and made my way to my corral. Though it was a fairly large race (about 20,000 runners), it wasn’t long before I away from the crowds and could comfortably find my own pace. We approached the Ambassador Bridge, which turned out to be a pretty manageable incline despite my fears. Once crossing the bridge, we were in Canada. I’m officially an international racer! It was a beautiful run the entire race, great scenery and interesting urban landscape. It was around mile 5 that I realized I forgot to put Body Glide on my feet and I worried about blisters the rest of the race. Fortunately, I didn’t develop anything awful. Maybe my socks were already saturated with the stuff.
The tunnel back to the U.S. turned out to be the worst part. It is the only international underwater mile (once again an international racer). A mile means I’m in the tunnel for about 10 minutes. It was a different climate in the tunnel and I really began to stifle from the heat and other runners. Fortunately, we reached the end of the tunnel and entered the U.S. again. Of course, as I exited the tunnel Green Day’s “American Idiot” began on my ear buds as if on cue. I promise I have my music on “shuffle” when I run.
The rest of the race meandered through downtown Detroit. I felt great throughout the whole race. Somewhere in the last third of the race, I realized I was on track to best my last finish time for a half. So that encouraged me to keep going. In fact I finished in 2:15:05, almost a full 15 minutes faster than my first half! I’m very pleased. I trained hard enough and smart enough. I deserved it.
I attempted to take pictures with a mini camera during the race. If I am able to download them to the computer, I will update with photos.
After clearing the finish, I went back to the hotel to get warmer clothes to watch for Barbie at the finish line. I finally found her and we celebrated together. As I said before: Running 13.1 miles with your best friend…Priceless! I’m very proud of her, she had a great race, and really proud of both of us. Yay, Runner Girl Power!
The best post-race celebration I think I’ve ever had included Pumpkin Spice smoothies at the post-race party. Wow, yummy! I need to start making those! Of course, the past couple days since the race we’ve been moving in rather slow or odd ways. Post race soreness is a funny creature. But nothing that a few glasses of wine or a few pints couldn’t fix.
To battle our post race soreness, we hit The Honest Lawyer again tonight. Barbie did some of her grading, while I worked on some pro bono work. (Kinda fitting that’s a good place to work.) It’s my last night visiting with Barbie, but I’ve had a great trip! And a great break, that was sorely needed.