MSU + Marathons + Michigan = Marvelous :)
As the post title indicates, this weekend was marvelous. Hubs, Allie and I hit the road to Michigan first thing Friday morning for what was planned to be a fun-filled couple of days. We drove straight to the bowling alley that my family owns so the boys could get in a round of golf (shocker). My afternoon consisted of getting my doodle a much needed haircut, a stop at Somerset for some essentials (i.e. Anthropologie & Lululemon :) ), and a trip downtown to the Detroit Free Press Marathon Expo ! I hoped to get in a quick run to loosen up the legs for Sunday’s race, but I opted for a power nap instead. Hey, a girl’s gotta do,,, !!
The Expo was fun. Especially playing with the cut-outs.
We picked up a few things in addition to our race packet. Dad and I both got a commemorative tee, a 13.1 mug (see above!), and a few gels to get us through the run. What are y’alls favorite gels ?? I have a newfound love for Hammer Gels ~esp the raspberry variety. SO good !
Saturday morning began bright and early,, After a mandatory trip to Tim Hortons for an english toffee capp (my favvvv), we hit the road to East Lansing ! It’s been at least a couple years since I’ve been to campus, so you can imagine I was chomping at the bit to get back “home.” We started the morning at the Kellogg Center for the annual Alumni Homecoming Brunch. We had a so-so breakfast, but the entertainment was good (3 Men and a Tenor, Coach D, homecoming court, etc.).
After that, we headed through campus over to Spartan Stadium !! The campus looks better than ever, with new buildings and projects popping up left and right. Of course, we hit up Sparty for some pre-game photo-ops.
After a quick meet up with friends, we headed into the stadium for MSU vs Illinois game. There was lots of energy in the building. Maybe it was the gorgeous day? Perhaps the alumni love? Orrrr,,, maybe it was the fact that GERARD BUTLER was in the house !!!! Ahhh, swoon.
“Spartaaaaaaaaaannns ! What is your profession ???”
“Woot ! Woot ! Woot !”
Love 300 :) & him. & his shaggy hairs. So hot.
Ok,, sorry for the sidetrack. Back to the game.
MSU pulled out ANOTHER win, finishing 26-6 over Illinois, putting them at 7-0 for the season and ranking #8 in the Polls !! So proud to be a Spartan!
After the game, we headed back home and spent a quiet night at the bowling alley, visiting with friends and carb-loading for the next day’s race. Beer is a carb, right ? ;)
Sunday Morning ! Race Day !!
4am wake up call,, shower,, oatmeal,, fluids,, potty stops,, we are ready !
As mentioned in an earlier post, this was my second half marathon and my dad’s first. You could say he was slightly obsessed with doing everything perfect, from not having a sip of alcohol for 3 weeks to making sure he was properly fueled and dressed from head to toe. You gotta give it to him though. Having 5 weeks to train for a half marathon is quite an accomplishment in itself. So I gave him a pass for the micromanagement,, this time anyway ;)
We all gathered together and caravaned down to the D bright eyed and bushy tailed (not so much). The race was well organized and not as crazy as my first half in Nashville. There were about 19,500 participants between the full, half, relay and 5k races.
I wish I had taken some pictures during the race, but I don’t have the proper gear to carry a phone or camera (yet, anyway). We started our run downtown and went directly towards the Ambassador Bridge that crosses over into Canada. The sunrise was so gorgeous ! (Here’s a pic I found on Facebook) We then ran down the lake front through Windsor. The Canadians were so sweet,, lining the streets and cheering us on. Not to mentioned the luuuuurved our Team Sparkle skirts ! :) After 3 miles in Canada, we made the turn to the Tunnel which runs underwater back to the States. How many of you can say you’ve ran underwater ??! I have !! The start of the tunnel was great,, slightly downhill and still breathable. But about midway, things got HOT. Clearly there’s no ventilation down there so the sweat started pouring about the time we started the uphill climb back to the surface. Our cheerleaders at mile 8 could see our discomfort once we got outta there!
The rest of the run went well (for me). My “cousin” Danielle developed some left sided hip/leg pain around mile 4, so she was hurting with every step she took. She’s a fighter though. Our goal was to finish under 2 hours. With some major pushing, some gel, some m&m’s, and lots of cheerleading,, we made it through the course, hand-in-hand, in…. (wait for it, wait for it… )
Talk about close ;)
Dad finished only a few minutes behind us at 2:01:xx and Mike a few minutes behind him ! We rocked it and I’m so proud of us all :)
Post-race pics !
The rest of the day was consumed by naps, showers, football, refueling, and driving back to Indiana. Like I said earlier,,, a fantastic weekend ! When can we run again ??!