I wanted to wait let my emotions settle down a bit from running my first road half-marathon to give my thoughts, but I got sick and my feet became ridiculously sore. But overall, I’m pretty satisfied with how this race turned out. I mean granted, a year ago I imagined finishing at the 2 hr mark instead of closer to the 3 hr mark, but I never imagined it being that hot yesterday either. But I’m really happy with my decision to run slower, hydrating and just focusing on finishing instead of trying to run at a flashy pace. One thing I learned yesterday about running in races that contain the word “marathon” in it is that it’s more of a journey than an actual race. As much as the time or the pace will stick in my head till the next half-marathon I run, what I will remember from this race the most is the group that I was constantly around and talking about our current predicament, running thru Tremont and by the Westside Market (they were the parts I was worried about the most, yet turned out to be the favorite part of the race as everyone came out to give water (or some cases beer) cheering us on, dousing us with water to keep cool) being a part of the “Walking Dead” as we marched down Detroit with no shade from said heat, and that final trek off the Detroit Bridge to the finish line. The highlight for me was the final push as someone I was running with kept motivating me to push to the finish line. I felt a tinge in my left calve and decided to walk again to prevent cramping at the finish line. Once I crossed W.6th, another group of runners encouraged me to push finish strong. So I got a jolt of energy, caught up to the dude from a bit earlier and said, “remember me?” and we made dashes thru the finish line! Overall, I just want to thank everyone from the runners that pushed me thru, to the fans on the sidelines to all of you who congratulated on my social media accounts. At times I felt that I wasn’t running a race, but taking a victory lap thru this city I love. If there’s one thing I noticed from this weekend, it’s that when you put in the effort, this city will come out to support you no matter what. This city loves winners!