I don't know how I missed all of these. I signed up for the international half instead of the one that just stays in Michigan. I'm hoping that I'm so buzzed from the running that I won't even notice my other fears. Then every other bridge I need to go over is nothing because at least I'm in a car! Thank you for the tips on the bridge and the tunnel. I just don't want to freak out and not be able to move - but instead I'm expecting them to be my fastest miles.
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First off CONGRATS on registering-you will be on such an adrenaline rush from just being there that those other fears will not get in the way. Don't let them, just enjoy the fact that you are there and you are accomplishing a huge goal..actually more than one, not only the event itself but overcoming the fears. Enjoy the moment, and then celebrate your victories!!
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I did the Detroit half a few years ago. It a GREAT venue! If you're afraid of bridges, then run to the left away from the edge. Although the Ambassador Bridge looks huge from the ground, it's really a very easy incline. You won't have a problem. The particular morning I ran it was clear and you can see downtown Detroit. We watched the sun coming up behind the Ren Cen, and a barge passing under the bridge blew its horn in support of the runners.
I, too, get a bit claustrophobic, and really didn't like the idea of the tunnel. However, it's well lit and there are a lot of people in there with you, but not packed so tight that you feel trapped. I had to laugh as people hooted as they entered the tunnel to hear their echo - like a bunch of kids. Very fun. Once you come out of tunnel, there is a crowd cheering everyone on. I felt like I was in a world class race!
Great choice for a marathon.
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That website shows two HM maps. One appears to follow the 1st half of the marathon and is called the International HM while the other is the US-Only HM. Looks like you get to register for either. Is that true? Never seen anything like it!
I just signed up for my very first half. It's the Detroit Marathon in October. I should be nervous for the run but I know I can get up to the mileage by then since I have quite a bit of time. I'm nervous because it takes you along the water, over the bridge into Canada and through the tunnel back into Detroit. Now, I have an irrational fear of bridges, boats and heights.....
I knew the route and my fears when I signed up but I really don't want to let my fears hold me back anymore. If I am strong enough to make the changes I've been making I'm strong enough to face these too.
Give it to me - what are your first marathon tips? Even the most basic stuff.
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