This past Saturday Chris and I both ran the Auto Show Shuffle 5k. It was the first race of the year for both of us! You can read the bf’s recap here.
I am happy to report that we left our house on time and got down to packet pick up and the race area about an hour before gun time. This gave us plenty of time to get our packet, go to the bathroom, take the packet back to the car and hang out in the warming area before the race started.
The race ran along the Detroit Riverwalk and then onto Dequindre Cut which you can read more about here. I really really loved the course. I probably would have loved it even more if it wasn’t so cold out, but more on the cold later.
I have said this before on my blog but I am going to say it again. Detroit is actually very beautiful (in parts). Running along the Detroit River during the sunrise with Canada in the background was a sight to beheld. Saturday was my first time running on the Dequindre Cut and I found that to be enjoyable and very unique with all of the graffiti and urban artwork.
Ok now let’s talk about the cold. It was SO COLD! I don’t know the exact temperature at the time of the race but when we got back to the car it said it was 11 degrees not including wind chill. And although I found the course to be enjoyable I really couldn’t wait for the race to be over. All of my body was frozen most especially my fingers and face. The cold also made breathing difficult and I had to stop and walk for a bit because of that.
Eventually I did make it to the finish line (which was also the start line as this race was an out and back course) and was able to warm up inside the Port Authority. I have to say that it was so nice to have an actual building to be able to warm up in before and after the race and to have real bathrooms instead of port a pottys!
After getting a bite to eat and drink (and going to the atm since we didn’t have enough cash on us for parking) Chris and I headed back to our car which was just across the street in the parking garage. Initially we were pretty excited about how close the parking was but the parking garage turned out to be a nightmare to get out of. It took just over an hour to get out and we ended up paying more for parking because we went over the 3 hour time allotted for the special race pricing. I don’t blame the race for this but if I did this race next year, I would consider parking elsewhere.
So would I do this race again? Absolutely! I loved the course, the medal, the shirt and how organized everything was (which wasn’t too surprising as Emily from Rock CF was in charge of the race and she always gets things done).
As you know, no race recap is complete without a pic of the swag. So here ya go!
And finally I would like to say that I raced in memory of Meg who many of you know lost her life to a drunk driver while she was out for a run. I not only thought of her but other runners who lost their lives too soon.
What did you do this weekend? Anyone do any running or racing?
And since my fingers have still not recovered from the cold, what are you favorite cold weather gloves or mittens? I think I need to upgrade mine!