As I began to prepare to post my October Half Marathon I realized I had totally forgotten about the 5K I ran the day before! Oops!
I have never run back to back events before and the half marathon kind of took over in my mind.
What a disservice to the 5K! This 5K was one of my favorite 5K ever so I am disappointed that I nearly forgot it already!
On Saturday October 14th I ran the American Home Fitness 5K in Detroit! It will go in the books as one of my all-time favorites! A close second to the Night of Light 5K (shameless plug).
My running buddy Kathleen and I decided that this would be the year we ran the Detroit Free Press Chemical Bank International Half Marathon. We had considered it last year but it fell on the same weekend as Homecoming and there was a chance this big thing would happen for my Tess (and it did)!!
We signed up for the half marathon this year and then on a whim decided since we were gonna be there for the weekend we might as well run the 5K too! So as runners do we signed up!
We drove 10+ hours on Friday to Detroit and went straight to the Expo. We stayed with Katheen’s sister and brother in law for the weekend which was so nice! After the expo and packet pick up on Friday night we went out to dinner and then headed to their house to get some sleep. It had been a loooooonnnnnggggg day!
Considering the price of this 5K the swag was AMAZING!!
We go a New Balance long sleeve running shirt, a buff a goodie bag full of goodies and of course a finisher’s medal. The packet pick up was at the Marathon/Half Marathon Expo so if you only signed up for the 5K you got to experience a great expo! That’s pretty uncommon for the 5K races.
The race start was at 9:00 am. The weather was good, we were a little worried about rain. The temps were cool but not cold and the sky was overcast but the rain held off.
The 5K started in William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, along the Detroit RiverWalk.
The course was flat and we decided to run it at a very easy comfortable pace.
We did not want to overdo it and then run the half the next day. We finished in 32:55 so a 10:36 pace.
The course runs along the Detroit Riverwalk, past Milliken State Park/Harbor, past Chene Park and through the historic Rivertown Warehouse District and back to William G. Milliken State Park.
As we ran back toward the park there was a group of ladies cheering us on from this building and one of the ladies shouted “I am getting married today!!!!!!” Her excitement about her special day gave me a boost of energy for sure! We all cheered for her at that point too!!
Kathleen and I crossed the finish together and after we got our medals a man came up to us and told us that we paced him almost the entire course and he thanked us! My heart nearly burst!! I DO THIS!! Almost every race I run is so emotional for me and almost every race I end up crying and just overwhelmed with joy and appreciation of my body.
I am not a runner, yet I run. I always have some person at a race that unknowingly “carries me through”. I find a person that feels to be at a comfortable yet challenging pace that I can get behind and feel pulled along. They push me to test my strength. They quietly encourage me to come on and run with them to the finish and I do just that, run along behind them closely and follow them across that finish line. I ALWAYS find them after the finish to tell them that it was because of them I finished strong, that they really helped pull me along and that their strength and endurance encouraged me to keep going.
I have never had someone tell me that I did that for them. I was so honored to know that I helped someone else in that same way that so many others have helped me.
I am reminded of the lyrics from a song “shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel”. It is always a good idea to tell people you appreciate them. Did I mention one of my love languages is words of affirmation?
The finisher’s medal was great! This is the 40th year so it is a commemorative medal with the 1978 Corvette. (I suddenly was reminded that I too will turn 40… I was born in 1978…)
There was tons of post-race food so we grabbed bananas, bars, water, etc. and then Kathleen’s sister picked us up. We decided we really needed a shirt at the expo that we didn’t get the day before so we went back!
If you are in Detroit or need a Michigan Race I highly recommend this event! I absolutely loved running Detroit and the river walk was amazing! Such a beautiful place to run! If I were closer this race would be an annual tradition for me! It really was GREAT!!
We saw on facebook later that day that we were (acidentally) in the picture that American Home Fitness posted on thier facebook page(oops #photobomb) lol!
The next day we would run the half marathon so stay tuned for that race recap coming soon!