Last Saturday was a quick trip to Michigan to not run a half-marathon. Yes, not run. And I had the best time doing just that.
Detroit is the host of its annual, unique marathon. It is unique in the way that you have the option to run internationally. The marathon and half-marathon courses loop from Detroit, MI through Windsor, Ontario, Canada (they also have a domestic only half, option).
This year my aunt arranged a huge to team to participate and fundraise for the organization, Chances for Children. I've shared before my aunt and uncle's story and adoption journey which has led them to adopt 2 beautiful girls from Haiti. They have since continued their missions work and supporting efforts in Haiti.
I jumped at the chance to train for another half-marathon that would be enjoyed by so many of my family members all while supporting a great organization...and then life happened. It does that sometimes. I wasn't able to focus and commit to training like I wanted too, but I still wanted to be supportive of our team's cause.
So that's how I came to the point of not running a half-marathon over the weekend. I was a little bummed to not be participating, but being a spectator and getting to watch family, friends, and strangers alike complete a race of this magnitude was incredible. Adrenaline, nerves, and excitement pump through runners as they prepare to start. Crowds form at every corner possible bursting with pride for their loved ones and enthusiastic encouragement for every single person who passes by.
I highly suggest spectating a marathon because it is truly just as exciting an atmosphere for you as it is the runners. The running community is so supportive and genuinely friendly.
My cousin Spencer ran his first half marathon in 2 hours!
If you're looking for a quality organization to support, check out Chances for Children.