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2012-10-14 10:08 AM

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One week to go!  Who's in?  I'm in for the half.  How crazy is traffic race morning?  How early should I get there?  Any course specific tips?


2012-10-14 11:18 AM
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In for my first Marathon here. I haven't done this specific race, but having done the Turkey Trot I can say that parking will be ridiculous and there will be a lot of people there. I'm staying near Detroit Metro, planning on parking on the outlying lots on the website and hoofing it to the start line.
2012-10-14 12:41 PM
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I'm doing Leg 3 of the 5 person marathon relay.  I've done the marathon or half three other times and it is always crazy downtown.  I had good luck in the past parking at the Greektown Casino because parking was free and then you can take the people mover downtown.  That was at least 3 years ago though, not sure if that's still a free/viable option.  Awesome to walk into the casino at 6:00 am on a Sunday morning in running gear (to get parking validated) and see people sitting at the machines playing away in a haze of smoke... :-/
2012-10-14 10:51 PM
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I'm also doing the half (International version). This is my first half-marathon. Looking forward to it (somewhat). I'm sure I will get down there very early. I'll definitely monitor this thread for tips on parking.

Course looks pretty flat except for the bridge and tunnel, right?

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2012-10-15 4:59 AM
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michgirlsk - 2012-10-14 11:08 AM One week to go!  Who's in?  I'm in for the half.  How crazy is traffic race morning?  How early should I get there?  Any course specific tips?

In for the half also, the interntational.  I don't know much about the US only half, I believe they even start a few hours later.  For the international, it bottlenecks getting onto the bridge so figure in a potential slow down, just for a minute or so.  If you use a GPS watch, you'll completely lose it in the tunnel so it's a good idea to know your splits so you can stay on track with pace when you come out of there.

Plan to get there at least 45 minutes before the start.  Just finding your corral will take you a good 10-15 minutes.  There are plenty of portajohns.  Parking is tough, I usually end up on Woodward about a mile from the festivities.  It makes for a good warm up lap Smile

2012-10-15 9:48 AM
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Doing the International, so I get to sleep in !!!  hopefully everyone is done and gone by then.   Have fun everyone


2012-10-15 11:44 AM
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rgr375 - 2012-10-15 10:48 AMDoing the International, so I get to sleep in !!!  hopefully everyone is done and gone by then.   Have fun everyone
You mean the US Only, right? The International goes off at 7AM...
2012-10-15 8:18 PM
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rgr375 - 2012-10-15 10:48 AMDoing the International, so I get to sleep in !!!  hopefully everyone is done and gone by then.   Have fun everyone
You mean the US Only, right? The International goes off at 7AM...

Yeah, if you're doing the international and sleep in, you'll miss the race!!

2012-10-15 8:37 PM
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my bad, Doing the American Half.
2012-10-16 5:25 PM
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Im in for the full, haven't done much running lately, been hammering the bike trainer though. Should be interesting to see how this goes. Tongue out

 

Keep changing what I am going to wear.

Currently thinking

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2012-10-16 6:57 PM
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I am wearing a wicking t shirt and shorts, compression injinji socks, and my shoes.  I will also start out with a throwaway sweatshirt, gloves, and a hat.


2012-10-16 8:43 PM
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Forgot about the throw away gloves, I hate starting running with cold hands. 

Im not really worried about getting cold running, may give my parents a jacket and wind pants for me after I am done so I have something to slip into.

Knocked out a brief 3 miler today on the treadmill, i've only gotta do another 23.2 on top of that. Wink

2012-10-21 7:07 PM
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I did the Detroit US half marathon today  - 1 hour 47 and some change.  I was hoping for a 1:40 or less.  There is always next year.

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2012-10-22 7:33 AM
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I ran the US only HM as well and had the race of my life: 1:22:52 and second overall.

I knew my training was going well but I had no idea that it was going that well.

Race report here if anyone is interested.

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...

2012-10-22 7:44 AM
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Wow, that is an *AWESOME* time.  Congratulations on a fantastic race!

I ran the International and was doing pretty well (for me) until about 9 or 10 miles when my plantar fascitis kicked in and made every step painful.  I had the energy left to go but I just couldn't absorb the pounding.  Really knocked me down.  Finished in 2:01, but I will take that for my first ever HM.  Guess I need to go see a different podiatrist since I can still barely even walk 24 hours later.

wannabefaster - 2012-10-22 8:33 AM I ran the US only HM as well and had the race of my life: 1:22:52 and second overall. I knew my training was going well but I had no idea that it was going that well. Race report here if anyone is interested. http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...

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leedyb - 2012-10-22 8:44 AM

Wow, that is an *AWESOME* time.  Congratulations on a fantastic race!

I ran the International and was doing pretty well (for me) until about 9 or 10 miles when my plantar fascitis kicked in and made every step painful.  I had the energy left to go but I just couldn't absorb the pounding.  Really knocked me down.  Finished in 2:01, but I will take that for my first ever HM.  Guess I need to go see a different podiatrist since I can still barely even walk 24 hours later.


Way to tough it out when things got rough out there. That is a great time as well, especially when an injury rears its ugly head.

I would have loved to do the International race but did not get off work until 7 AM on Sunday. The 11 AM start of the US only was perfect. Next year I would like to run across that bridge.


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Completed my first full, it was an experience. Ran a solid 16 miles between 9:00 - 9:45 minute pace for that time, than my right thigh and calf decided it wanted to cause me discomfort for the rest of the race. Could run for alittle bit, then everything would tighten back up and muscles would start pulsating, the second to the last hill as I was running up my leg just about locked up and could not flatten my foot out, one last stretch session on the side cleared it up or I just totally blocked it out, whatever it was i powered through the remainder of the race and ended up at 4:50, about 50 minutes longer then I was hoping for but that time was just a hope as I knew training wise I wasn't there before it. 

That was the last major race of the year now, some smaller races now into the winter like Run of the Dickens and Kahtoola Challenge other then that onto planning for next year. Next year im thinking it will be more focused races, I was all over the place this year between duathlons, triathlons, half marathon and full marathon. Makes training alittle more difficult.

2012-10-22 1:23 PM
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leedyb - 2012-10-22 8:44 AM

Wow, that is an *AWESOME* time.  Congratulations on a fantastic race!

I ran the International and was doing pretty well (for me) until about 9 or 10 miles when my plantar fascitis kicked in and made every step painful.  I had the energy left to go but I just couldn't absorb the pounding.  Really knocked me down.  Finished in 2:01, but I will take that for my first ever HM.  Guess I need to go see a different podiatrist since I can still barely even walk 24 hours later.

Wow, good for you for sticking out and pulling around 2 hours with PF!!  I can't imagine how agonizing that must've been so you deserve kudos for making it all the way to the finish.  Others would've quit and called it due to injury.  Good luck with the recovery and yes, get a second opinion of the first guy couldn't help!  Do you wear insoles or orthotics?

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First marathon. 3:41:22. Goal was 3:44:59. I'm satisfied and had my Plantar's Wart frozen and acid drenched today. Fortunately my IT band syndrome didn't rear it's ugly head until after the race when I sat down. Kness hurt for a few hours after but they're good to go now.

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Ran the half, probably shouldnt have.  My hip has been giving me troubles and up until last week, I havent been able to run for the last month.  I ran the entire way, wasnt my quickest, wasnt my slowest.  I do love the venue though. Detroit is one of my fav races.
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Shortyy - 2012-10-22 4:51 PM Ran the half, probably shouldnt have.  My hip has been giving me troubles and up until last week, I havent been able to run for the last month.  I ran the entire way, wasnt my quickest, wasnt my slowest.  I do love the venue though. Detroit is one of my fav races.

Detroit definitely puts on some good races. I've done 3 there in the last year, however, and I'm looking west and north of Lansing for next year.



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Wow, that is an *AWESOME* time.  Congratulations on a fantastic race!

I ran the International and was doing pretty well (for me) until about 9 or 10 miles when my plantar fascitis kicked in and made every step painful.  I had the energy left to go but I just couldn't absorb the pounding.  Really knocked me down.  Finished in 2:01, but I will take that for my first ever HM.  Guess I need to go see a different podiatrist since I can still barely even walk 24 hours later.

Wow, good for you for sticking out and pulling around 2 hours with PF!!  I can't imagine how agonizing that must've been so you deserve kudos for making it all the way to the finish.  Others would've quit and called it due to injury.  Good luck with the recovery and yes, get a second opinion of the first guy couldn't help!  Do you wear insoles or orthotics?

I have custom orthotics, and they have helped compared to where I used to be. I may need an update on them as they are 2 years old. Despite being able to do it cardio wise, I probably didn't ramp up my running distances enough to prepare my body. Only did 2x 10 miles, and 1 12 miler.

Fantastic view on the bridge (which felt like it took forever to get up). Can't say I enjoyed that tunnel too much. Was ready to get out of there since it was so much warmer than outside! Great race in general, though!

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Sorry for the repost...iPad problems.

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My hat goes off to the organizers of the race. I came in from out of town, and had an awesome time. The race course was great (although I kinda wish they still had the finish on Ford Field but I like the course overall better now than the one I ran back in 2005). The spectators were great too. The race was a lot of fun and I'll definitely be back to run it again.
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