Lot's of "firsts" for me this fall! Including, but not limited to, swimming my first mile, having a beer officially named in honor of me and my blog, trying venison, wearing bright green shoes, and of course running my first international race. That's right kids, I'm heading to O'Canada in a few days. I'll be pacing a friend through her first half marathon, come to think of it, I think it's her first race, period.
Of course the fact that this race partly takes place in the Edder's best friend's current home town (windsor, canada) doesn't hurt. It's the perfect trip for us. He gets to act like a 15 year old with his bestie, smoking cigars, drinking some kind of brown liquor, playing PS3, and setting off fireworks at midnight (this is their m.o.). While I get to mark off a running "wish" list item by running a race in a different country. And enjoying actual fall weather, wearing boots and scarves and saying 'eh'. A lot.
So. The cool thing about this race is that it actually goes through BOTH America and Canada. It's the Detroit Freepress Half Marathon, starts in Detroit, runs across the bridge to Windsor Canada, along the river, and back to Detroit through the tunnel. Can't beat that with a stick.
I have no doubt I will annoy the living-will-to-run out of my friend by taking pictures and being an annoying chipper little knat buzzing around her. Telling her how amazing it all is. And how OHHHHEMMMMGEEEEE we are running in CANADA AND AMERICA. Go team! So then there's that for her to look forward to. I'm also excited to partake in some Poutine again. Oh yes, and we go classy when we visit Canada. We don't get high end poutine, no. We go for PFK (KFC here) poutine. Yes.
Needless to say I'm looking forward to a much needed long weekend away, spending time with fantastic friends all while getting to run a race I can't wait to do. Clappity happy fun time!!
Now. Let's just hope my hip doesn't fall off before then, or during the race. The way it's feeling, it's likely it might. But after a little e-stim and PT love this morning, I think I'll be okay. Well... in terms that my hip will point of fact stay attached to my body.