Detroit Marathon Weekend

By | October 27, 2013

I started running marathons 6 years ago, and since my very first race, the Detroit Marathon has been on my “bucket list.”  My mom was born in Michigan, my grandparents are from Michigan, my aunt still lives in Michigan, and I have countless cousins and other relations of various degrees clustered all over the state.  Every May, the women of our family gather in Florida for a “Girls Weekend.”  Last year, after a few bottles of wine, the plan to run Detroit was hatched.  In one night I managed to convince my sister to run her first marathon in Detroit, and my aunt and several cousins to run their first half.  We figured it would be a fun weekend with family, and my sister and I would have a free place to stay for the weekend.  When I got home, I convinced my husband to run the half at Detroit.  The timing worked well since he will be running the full at Philly next month.

Anyway, the race was fabulous.  We drove out on Friday after my husband got out of work.  We stopped in Ohio for the  night, and got to the Expo in Detroit around 2 pm on Saturday.

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The expo was great.  We shopped, tried out new gu’s and gels, and got an awesome new Trigger Point roller.  I found a Oiselle t-shirt on sale for $15, which was clutch!  Also, my sister convinced me to try out “Sweaty Bands”, so I bought one at the expo.

After the expo we went to my cousin’s house for dinner: home made mac and cheese, breadsticks, sausage and peppers.  It was perfect. One of my cousin’s daughters had prepared a few “motivational signs” for us, and hang them around the house before dinner:

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After dinner, we posed in our new “Run Detroit” gear, then split up for an early bedtime.  As you can tell, I was already obsessed with my new “Sweaty Band.” I’m currently in the process of growing out a pixie cut, which is super complicated because of all the running I’ve been up to.  This band did.not.move and kept my crazy hair in place all weekend.

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Yes, I have an amazing family.

 

The next day was the race, described below.  It was a perfect day, and I had an awesome time running with my family.

Here we all are post-race:

Seriously good looking people.

Seriously good looking people.

The next day, Mark and I drove back to New Jersey.  Since we had done the straight out I-80 trip on the way to Michigan, we decided to go home through Canada, and stop at Niagra falls for a quick chance to stretch our legs.  Neither Mark nor I had been to Niagra before, so it was a bit of a treat!

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Don’t get too close to the edge!

I was really surprised at the way the falls are situated – I always imagined that you’d be at the bottom, looking up.  Or that you’d be higher above the falls.  Not that you’d be RIGHT THERE.  When we drove through Niagra (the town on the Canadian side) and looked to our right, it looked like the falls were just a giant hole in the ground.  Like a sink hole opened up and swallowed part of a river.

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We had a great time walking around and stretching our legs (sorely necessary at that point, pun intended!).  We’ll be sure to leave time for the trip on the “Maid of the Mist” next time!

I’ll leave you with Murray the Moose, who I found in the gift shop:

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Murray & Me!

The rest of the drive home was uneventful.  We were reunited with our dogs and asleep in our bed by 10 pm :)

 

 


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