Holy shit, I just realized I'm going to dental appointments like I went to appointments with the boys when they were little peanuts. Seriously, this damn tooth is as much work as a newborn!
I ran the Wins For Warriors 9K on Memorial Day. The weather looked good. There was a slight chance of rain and it was supposed to get into the 80's, but the race started at 9:00AM so I figured it would be cool enough.
I got down to Comerica Park at about 8:00AM. My friend had already picked up my packet and t-shirt. We checked out some of the veteran groups inside Comerica Park. I had no idea there were that many support groups and I really, really hope veterans are made aware of the resources available to them when they are home.
Wins For Warriors is a charity geared towards providing mental health resources to veterans in the Detroit area, as well as in Virginia, maybe?, which is where Justin Verlander, the pitcher for Detroit Tigers, is from.
At 8:45 the opening ceremony started. A few different men from the different groups there had some speeches and a woman sang the National Anthem. Then we were directed to line up. The race was small, probably close to 300 people max.
|The starting line and Comerica Park to the right|
The first mile flew by, which rarely happens. A lot of the time it feels like it takes forever for that sign to show up.
|This arena won't be around for much longer, a newer one is being built next year|
|Freighter on the Detroit River|
By Mile 4 S. was starting to run out of steam so we ended up walking more than running. I was feeling surprisingly good. Surprising because I hadn't run further than three miles since my half marathon back in April.
I spent the rest of the race cheering her on, making her run when she didn't want to, and pretty much babbling in order to distract her.
We had some rain about a mile from the finish. Thankfully it let up pretty quickly. I didn't mind getting wet, my biggest concern was the fact that if it rained too hard we wouldn't be able to do down on the field at Comerica Park. Spoiler alert, we were able to run the warning track!
We crossed the finish line just under 1:20. After we crossed the finish line we were directed down to the field where we could walk or run around the warning track.
And after the race we went out for brunch and I got a delicious Bloody Mary.
All in all, the race was great. There were some small things that I didn't dig, mostly the fact they only had one water station. Thankfully it wasn't that hot, but we maybe could've used one more station. Also, at the end of the race, once we got our medals and were directed off to the concourse there was no real direction. I saw people with bananas and bagels but have no idea where they got them. We could've used more communication when it came to pre-race stuff, but again, no big deal, the race was small enough that we figured everything out.
Really, though, this race was for the Wins For Warriors charity so I didn't mind any of that. I had fun, I finished with a smile on my face, and I got to help out a great charity. What more could I ask for?