Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Detroit Free Press Half Marathon - Half #5


GM World Headquarters (our hotel is the middle one)

My outfit..ended up changing to a different top that morning
View from out hotel room at the Marriott Renn Center







Dinner at Andiamo's night before race



View of Ambassador Bridge at night


Windsor from the US
Before leaving our hotel at 545am on race morning 

Mom & I waiting outside before race

Me waiting outside before getting in my corral

In Corral M...it started snowing while we were in line...yes, it was that cold.

Mom took this pic of my corral starting
On our way to the Ambassador Bridge 

Still going up the bridge...

Finally on top of the bridge
After crossing the bridge...we are in Canada now looking at Detroit

In the Windsor Tunnel, the only underwater mile in a marathon in the whole world

Me afterwards...I was freezing. It was still only about 39 degrees by the time I finished.

My official time was 2:31:15. Which was 41 minutes better than my half marathon from August. And 11 minutes better than my previous all time best.

This medal is the best one I have!

Comparing my half in August to this one. HUGE improvements!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Taper Week

So in case anyone still reads this, I did my 4th half marathon back in August. Lululemon's half in Vancouver called Seawheeze. I spent most of last year losing weight (down 33 lbs now) and Seawheeze was my inspiration to lose it and get back into running again. I got injured a couple months beforehand but was still able to do the race in 3:12:00.

Now it's taper week again as I prepare for my 5th half in Detroit this Sunday!

I've set 3 goals:
Easy goal: Under 3 hours
Moderate goal: Under 2:45:00
Challenging goal: Under 2:30:00

Working on eating well this week, getting lots of rest with only a couple easy 2-3 milers, and hydrating.

After that, I have a backroads trail race (10K) on Nov 8, and would like to sign up for a couple winter 5Ks. Next spring I have my 6th half marathon in Indianapolis in May and my 7th will be in Chicago in July. Goal is my first FULL marathon next fall (hoping for Chicago)!

Oh yes, and DH did a 5K over the weekend just for fun...the Super Run! So everyone dressed as super heros. So much fun even though the course was short at 2.87 and not officially timed.

DH & I before the race. It was only 40 degrees. Not sure how he wore shorts!

I was the only Spider-man (out of 50 people)

DH finishing!

Good time for me considering last year at this time that would've taken me an hour. Also had my fastest mile since I've had this watch...9:58!