Sunday was a great day for Detroit! Yes, I know that the Lions lost but as far as I am concerned they are still giving Detroit a football season to be proud of! But this blog entry is not about the Lions, it is about the Detroit Marathon!
On Sunday morning my alarm went off at 4:15 am and then my second alarm went off at 4:20am. If that sounds early to you, I completely agree! However, between my excitement for competing in my first Detroit Marathon (I signed up to do the relay with 4 other runners) and the tons of well wishes that were waiting for me to view on my phone when I woke up, that early wake up call was actually an enjoyable one.
I met up with my relay partner Mike and his dad and then we headed to Detroit around 5:15am. The drive downtown was smooth sailing and we were able to find a parking spot close to the start line very quickly. Since I was running leg two of the race, I boarded a bus that was bound for Canada.
My team was not trying to finish the race within a certain amount of time, we were just doing it for the experience and for the joy of running. But we had a respectable time of 4:26:37! Go team!
I also got a chance to stop by the Refuel with chocolate milk booth and meet two of my Twitter friends in person! One of them has an awesome blog of her own. Check it out here. I of course, grabbed myself a chocolate milk and Mike and I had our picture taken with our chocolate milk moustaches!!! Don’t forget that I am still in the running to receive a sponsorship from Refuel with Chocolate Milk and I need your votes to make it happen. Click here to vote for me once a day! Voting ends on November 15, 2011 at 11:59am. I appreciate each and every vote I get!!!
My favorite part about the Detroit Marathon is that it showcased Detroit in a more positive way than how the city is usually viewed. Since I am a Detroiter, I am aware of the many wonderful things that Detroit offers, but I know that a lot of people see Detroit for what the media portrays the city to be like. On Sunday, people got to see Detroit in the way I see it. A city alive with positivity and possibility. People came together for the common cause of supporting a great race and a great city. On Sunday, Detroit shined!
Before I even left downtown on Sunday, I knew that I would be adding the Detroit Marathon to my list of MUST DO races each year. And if I ever decide to throw my running shoes in to a FULL marathon, it is going to be Detroit. There is no place I would rather run my first marathon!