Well apparently I take requests now! I have had a request to write about motivation, in particular in training for the Detroit Marathon. I guess since that’s where this all started I can oblige.
For those of you who don’t know I grew up in Windsor so the Detroit Marathon is near and dear to my heart, as part of the run is through my hometown. It is my favourite marathon (well, to be honest I’ve only ever done the half… but really the first half is the best part).
It’s an early start at 7am, it’s still dark and it’s usually very cold. I did the relay one year and I remember waiting, for what felt like hours, and my feet were frozen. When I finally started to run I couldn’t feel my feet for the first kilometre!
It’s usually a crisp fall morning. The sun is just rising while running up the Ambassador Bridge (which is really quite steep!) Running over the Detroit River and looking ahead on the bridge and to the east onto Riverside Drive in Windsor you can see a mass of runners filling the lanes and streets, it’s such a cool scene. This is one benefit of not being at the front of the pack 🙂 The course continues down Riverside Drive and through the tunnel back into Detroit.
The route takes you through cool neighbourhoods in downtown Detroit. (Yes, there are cool neighbourhoods in Detroit – It’s an awesome city… if you know where to go). The spectators throughout the course are amazing. Every year the start and finish line seem to change locations, the best was the year I ran the half and the finish line was on Ford Field (literally on the field!) where the Detroit Lions play.
Last year in an effort to get my family and friends to set fitness goals I suggested (some might say harassed) they participate in the marathon in some way. I sent out monthly motivational emails to get everyone doing something. Even those not participating got into it and did daily walks. The day of the race we had marathoners, half marathoners and a 5 person relay. Awesome turnout! And of course everyone, regardless of whether they had run or not, showed up for the after party!
So I thought it was a one time thing. This year I started getting questioned about why I wasn’t sending the emails. So I started writing them again and that turned into this blog. AND without my “suggesting” this year there are quite a few running again and some running a half or a full for their first time!! So exciting!
I am going down to Windsor this year but it won’t be to run. I am going as a spectator. As much as I like to participate I love being a spectator for this marathon. There are always many local runners. I get to see so many people I know running and I love cheering them on! Let me know if you’re running this year!
So if you’re registered for Detroit or any other marathon or run this fall I’m sure (hope) you are well into your training schedule by now. There will be days when you don’t feel like doing your training run and there will be days when your training run just doesn’t go well. Just remember you can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow – you choose.
I have a weakness for quotes (which you’ve probably already figured out…) so I will leave you with a few