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Ugh, my thesis "blog post summary" sentence in the opening paragraph is boring. Boring Runner indeed!! Hmm, how about this:
I'm running the Detroit Marathon!
Alexis is as excited as I am!
In spite of my lack of vacation, I'm doing a whirlwind trip to Dirty D (is that what the kids call Detroit? God I'm old) to run my 21st marathon. As I sit here
When trying to decide on a fall marathon to run, I had lots of things to consider:
Fast or slow? If I wasn't going to go for a blistering fast PR, I could pick about any race. Race with "hell" in the title? Sure! Race with "challenging but scenic" in the description? Why not!? Some random obstacle course race with wild dogs that are on fire that you jump over and electric eel filled streams you have to run through?! Uhhh, yes? No, none of those would work, I wanted a flat course that I could possibly set a PR on. Too many people try to run a fast race and then pick the "widowmaker marathon and 10k" to do it on. Not me! I wanted it flat and fast just like I like my double mint.
New State? This one is obvious, yes. New state.
Large or Small? I've found that I do better at the larger races if I'm trying to go fast. I can run with others and the crowd can cheer me on. The crappy reality is that in the smaller races there aren't a ton of people running faster than 3:15 and me inside of my head without anyone else around is NOT a good thing. So, big it is.
Sunday Funday Since I really don't have much vacation, I needed to find a Sunday race so I could fly out Friday night and fly back race day.
Do I know people running it? This is really what swayed me one way or the other. Given the 5 criteria above, there were really only a handful of races that fit the bill. I currently know of a handful of people running Detroit and I am sure that I'll find more. So, Detroit it is!
More about the race in a post later in the week!