Jerry had the day off today, so we decided to do something fun with the kids, although we weren't entirely sure what to do. First, I had to get my long run done (right now on my schedule, a "long" run is just four miles). It was much colder than I anticipated outside, and I realized within a quarter mile or so that I'd underdressed for the weather.
Just like last week, I actually felt really amazing right from the start, and I could tell it was going to be a good run. I even decided to add on half a mile--I did four last week, and next week is five miles--so I figured 4.5 would be a good transition.
A couple of miles in, I saw something move out of the corner of my eye, and it happened to be right next to my feet. I jumped into the middle of the street, without even looking for cars, because it startled me so badly. Then I realized it was a raccoon. It didn't look visibly hurt, but it was crawling around like maybe its back legs were broken. I felt really sorry for it, but there wasn't anything I could do. I just hoped it would be gone when I went back around that way, because otherwise, I'd be thinking about it all day. I ran by the spot again a mile and a half later, on my way home, and it was gone. I don't know where it went, but I was glad that it wasn't there any longer!
I didn't look at my Garmin at all the entire run, but I was guessing my pace to be around 9:15/mile. When I got home, I saw that I was pretty close--and I had negative splits! A good run today.
Today's run was the end of week two of my 10K training plan. So far, so good :)
Jerry and I were talking about what to do with the kids today, and I got a reminder on Facebook of an event in Detroit. The Detroit Urban Craft Fair was going on at the Masonic Temple this weekend, and I wanted to check it out. I thought maybe we could all go and make an afternoon of it--the craft fair, ice skating at Campus Martius, and lunch at Redsmoke. The kids have actually never been on the People Mover in Detroit, either, so I thought they'd have fun doing that.
First, we went to the Masonic Temple. It's a gorgeous building!
There is a huge hall on the third floor, which is where the craft fair was. There were 100 vendors, and an anticipated 9,000 people attending--it was crazy busy in there! We shuffled our way up and down the aisles of crafts, periodically stopping to check things out. Noah bought a belt, and I bought a journal and a couple of coasters. There were several Detroit shirts that I wanted, but they were pretty expensive, so I didn't get any.
After we left the craft fair, we drove to Greektown to park and then take the People Mover to Campus Martius. Noah was really worried about riding the People Mover... he kept asking me, "Are you sure this is safe?" ;)
When we got to the park, there was a huge tree decorated for Christmas right next to the ice rink.
I hadn't been ice skating since I was probably about 10 years old, so I had no idea how it was going to go. We got our skates on, and Jerry and Noah started skating right away. Eli and I were just barely making baby steps on the ice. At first, I thought there was no way I was going to be able to make it around the rink even once--skating was much harder than I remembered!
Eventually, though, I got a little more confident, and I wasn't hugging the walls anymore ;) Eli was doing really well, too.
It was a lot of fun to try something different. The kids had a blast, and kept thanking us for taking them there.
After that, we walked back to the People Mover and took it back to Greektown. Then we went to Redsmoke for lunch. Redsmoke is a really good barbecue restaurant; I first tried it when I was in Detroit for the Tour de Troit ride, and then Jerry and I brought Thomas there in October. I LOVE their caesar salad with pulled chicken, and that's what I've ordered each time I've gone. It's hard to try anything new when I found something I like so much!
After lunch, we walked a few doors down to Astoria Pastry Shop. Every time I've walked by there, I've wanted to go in and buy something, but I never do. Today, the kids really wanted to pick out a dessert, so we went inside. Jerry and I got a German chocolate brownie to share. My high calorie day was actually yesterday, so I didn't want to go overboard today, especially after the huge caesar salad for lunch.
The day ended up being a very fun impromptu family day in Detroit. The kids loved seeing parts of Detroit that they hadn't seen before (we rode the People Mover around the entire loop for them). Ice skating was a great way to be active even in this cold weather. It put me in the mood for Christmas!