This time it was back to the D for the annual Free Press Half Marathon. Jessica's brother Luke came into town from Virgina Beach to run the race with us. I had not really prepared for this race due to my long recovery from the Run Rabbit Run 50 Miler. In the weeks leading up to the half marathon Jess had mentioned that a guy from work was running in his first half marathon ever at the Free Press. She had also said that he wanted to have a bet with her to see who could have a better time. I never heard if the bet was finalized until the day before the race. When I heard how much the bet was for I decided this was not going to be a light stroll through Detroit and Canada. I was going to pace Jess to get her best time ever and beat her co-worker who was older and had a lot of injuries during training...so he said.
|The cold October morning woke us up!|
There was a lot of congestion at the start and I noticed that our pace was not as good as I thought it should be. We were struggling to pass people because of the sheer number of runners in the streets. After about a mile things opened up and we were able to settle into a nice pace. Jess was leading the way and I was pleased at how fast we were moving. Then we hit the bridge to Canada, which was another point of congestion. It was hard to pass people here and our pace slowed down again. We also lost Luke here as he got stuck behind a big glob of slower runners. On the way down off the bridge we were greeted by the Canadian customs guy with a microphone rattling off his usual cheesy but funny jokes. While running next to the Detroit river in Canada there were some nice views of the Detroit skyline. There was a ton of spectators who came out to support all the runners, which was nice to see. As we went along the Windsor side we kept a very good pace.
|A sea of runners waiting to start moving|
|All finished! Time for Starbucks!|