This was one of the most fun and relaxed events I've run. The start and finish line was on Canfield right out in front of RUNdetroit. Before the race I stayed warm in the store with all my running friends. It was basically just an even bigger group run than usual! I had gotten in 3 miles at home before the race so I did just a short jog up and down Canfield right before the start. My hamstring had been bothering me in the warmup so I wasn't sure how I would feel. My goal was to run it faster than Corktown and if it was only by 1 second per mile I would be happy. Advantages were a flat course, less wind, sunny skies, very familiar territory, and not having run 20 miles the morning of the race. Plus I had my friends Justin and Amy ahead as clear 1st place male and female winners to keep me motivated to run fast!
I started right at the front and just went for it from the get go. At first a few people passed me but they were men so I wasn't too upset. I knew Amy was the only woman ahead of me and I was going to hold onto that 2nd place no matter what! I occasionally glanced at my watch for pace and every time I did I was shocked at what I saw. I was running way faster than I thought I could but I just kept going. Most of the course was on Cass but it also took us around pass the Masonic Temple, which was very cool to run past. There was a turn-around over there so I got to see Justin kicking butt in first place and Amy not far behind. Then it was back to Cass, which I knew put me in the homestretch.
Right at the end, just as we were about to round the turn onto Canfield, a guy came from behind to pass me and finish under 20:00. I was inspired and picked it up a bit but just didn't have it in me for that final push myself. I finished in 20:04 with an average pace of 6:28/mile.
When I saw the time on the clock and my pace I was so excited you would have thought I'd just qualified for Boston all over again! I was jumping up and down, high-fiving friends and strangers, and telling volunteers I loved them. (Brian later told me he was glad he wasn't there - haha!). Everyone just hung out on Canfield in front of City Bird and RUNdetroit while the rest of the racers finished up and people enjoyed their post-run snacks of blood oranges and red frosting-swirled brownies. Carnival music was playing, everyone was happy, and it was such a festive atmosphere. I loved every second! I would have liked to stay for the actual Marche but had to get home to check papers and do report cards (boo!). Next year I'll make sure to budget my time better so I can stick around.
Because I finished in 2nd place I won a $20 gift certificate from RUNdetroit. The top 15 finishers also got a Nain Rouge beer koozie and sticker from City Bird. Fun stuff!
And in case in you were wondering, the Nain Rouge WAS caught and banished from the city, due to his dragon being illegally parked. Detroit is safe for another year!
CLIF Shot - mocha
Sympathy for the Devil / Rolling Stones
Devil's Haircut / Beck
Devil Inside / INXS
Devil's Dance Floor / Flogging Molly
Shout at the Devil / Motley Crue