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Detroit, Michigan
United States
Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 56m 18s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 54/408
Pre-race routine:

I wasn't sure how to run this race. After starting to train with a HRM in August, my training runs have been a lot slower than before and I haven't really done any speed work to speak of. I wasn't really thinking of a goal, but my long term goal is to break 1:50 for 13.1 sometime in the next year (I hope!). So this morning, when I woke up I decided to print out a pace wristband for 1:55 (my PR is 1:52 something) because I wanted to stay under 2 hours at the very least. The plan was to stick as close to that as possible (though the 8:46 m/m pace was a little intimidating) and see if I could get faster in the next month leading up to the WhiteRock 1/2.
Event warmup:

Woke at 5:15 am, had oatmeal w/my mom and jumped in the car. Parked in Greektown at the secret "free" parking lot (w/Casino validation- and yes, there were people in there smoking and gambling even though it was only 6:30am on a Sunday!!), took the PeopleMover to the start line. Missed seeing Fromer and his sister because we were running a touch late-ish and I was super anxious to get in the unending porta potty lines. Hit the porta potty, dumped the gear bag (*much* more organized than last year, btw), and tracked down my corral. Noticed it was definitely NOT as chilly as the weather forecast had led me to believe the pre-dawn start would be. Oh well.
  • 1h 56m 18s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

I started out and missed the first mile marker so I had no idea how fast I was going, just that my heartrate was at the tippy top of my zone and I was getting beeped at. I've never done a race with my HRM and have no idea how fast to take it.... but it was 13.1 so I generally tried to slow down when I got beeped at.

I was doing pretty well with the pace, about two minutes off the wristband pace. The bridge was a big, long climb but so cool to be running to another country!! All the spectators and volunteers were *so* great. I passed two wheelchair athletes slogging their way up the bridge and cheered them on... that's TOUGH!! The sunrise from the top looking back at the Detroit sunrise was impressive- about the only time I've ever thought Detroit was *pretty*!. Down the other side I grabbed my first gel (a little beyond 4 miles in) and that's when I got a major twinge along my entire left IT band. UH-OH. I was really concerned since that's what I'd had issues with last year training for the marathon here. I slowed a bit and tried to watch my stride, but there was no way I was waiting for a bus back to the US>.. that could've taken all day.

Plugged along and it loosened up a bit but was definitely tight for the rest of the race. I was a little dissapointed since I've taken up tris specifically in hopes that the extra cross training would help. I guess I need to do more biking, swimming but I probably need to be a lot better about stretching and strength training. I don't know, but I obviously haven't solved the problem.

The run along the river in Windsor was nice and uneventful, except when I passed the runner who is blind and was just in the paper. Cool for him. Into the tunnel, into the *sauna*--whoa. That was brutal. Two lane tunnel, a billion runners and NO air. It was sick. And over a mile long. Coming out of the tunnel was a real treat. First, I knew we were past the 9 mile mark, second because the cool air felt delicious, third because there was a humongous crowd waiting for us to emerge, and finally because I heard my name and out of nowhere I was suddenly running with Fromer! :) That was very cool- especially since that's the first place I'd seen my mom last year and since she was running this time I was missing the crowd support. Thanks, Fromer!

The final miles I just kept trying to push. I hung with the 3:55 pace group through the tunnel then took off in front of them because they felt a bit slow (thinking to myself that I'd finished the 26.2 in *4:55* last year and was now running with them? Hm..... ). I forced myself to keep steady until 11 then picked it up a bit, a little more when I hit 12. Took the last corner and pulled out the stops on the straight run to the finish. Used my arms and hoped to hell my skirt would stay down. ;) I really liked the finish better this year outside of Ford Field. No tunnel of death to run down!! And, thank god they actually had some food for us! Made it.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out my ITB issues. Do some intentional speed training instead of just wishing to naturally develop a faster pace on my own. ;)
Post race
Warm down:

Stood around freezing my BUTT off waiting for my mom. She finished in 2:30 which was slow for her but her training's been off and it was a LOT hillier than her runs in Indy.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

ITB issues, lack of speed training.

Event comments:

I really think Detroit is an under-rated big city marathon. They're doing a great job with the race itself, now they just need to figure out the start and finish.

Last updated: 2007-06-30 12:00 AM
01:56:18 | 13.1 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 54/408
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: From dowtown to Detroit through twisty-turny roads, over the Ambassador Bridge into Canada, along the Windsor lakefront, under the Detroit River through the tunnel, around and back to downtown.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-10-21 5:39 PM

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Farmington, MI
Subject: Detroit Half Marathon

2007-10-21 5:58 PM
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Shelby Twp
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YAY!! Nice job... Im glad that the ITB thing didnt cause you to not finish. Sounds like we both were hurting. That is so cool that your mom did the 1/2 to!! We need to do a half together, id love to go sub 2. Im with you on the speed thing though... I need to get some rhyme and reason to my training this year. The bridge was so cool though it did take a bit of a toll, I hate tunnels though so I wanted out of that thing, especially when it was also stuffy... eek
2007-10-21 6:04 PM
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Canton, Michigan
Subject: RE: Detroit Half Marathon
Good job on the race. I really wanted to be there.

Did you meet up with some BT'ers
2007-10-21 7:12 PM
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Farmington, MI
Subject: RE: Detroit Half Marathon
Only Fromer, since I was with my mom I wasn't really trying too hard. 
2007-10-22 7:58 AM
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Clio, MIchigan
Subject: RE: Detroit Half Marathon
Hey nice job yesterday, sorry i didn't run into you again.  I was with my dad so i wasn't really scoping for BTer's.  I feel your pain with the sauna.  That was miserable.  The bridge was awesome.  Glad you had a good race!
2007-10-22 8:04 AM
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Ida, Michigan
Subject: RE: Detroit Half Marathon
Nice job yesterday.  I thought the view from the bridge was awesome too and I agree that the tunnel was like a sauna (hated it).

2007-10-22 8:10 AM
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Nice work and sweet to be doing it with your Mom

Glad you were able to work thru your ITB issue and do well. Some injuries come and go and some stay around for awhile..hope it goes away for you for good.

Sub 2' I look forward to doing that some day...I can dream 



2007-10-22 7:19 PM
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Wellington, North Island
Subject: RE: Detroit Half Marathon
Great job on the race. You came in just about where you wanted to and I heard it was wicked windy out there AND you were dealing with IT band stuff. Way to be tough!!!
2007-10-22 10:20 PM
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, North Carolina
Subject: RE: Detroit Half Marathon
How fun to run with your Mom (well sort of ... in the same race anyway)!  You did awesome.  I'm hoping to do a half mary next spring.  You and Kelly are my inspiration!  The bridge sounds so cool.  The tunnel not so much!
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