Ever since Jerry and I went to the Red Wings game in October, the kids have been asking for us to take them to a game. We finally got tickets, and yesterday was the big day. They were super excited to go!
The game wasn't until 7:30 pm, so we decided to plan on having dinner in Detroit beforehand. In the morning, I did speed work on the treadmill: 4 x 5:00 at 7:30/mi pace with 2:00 jogs between. I would have preferred to do it outside, but it was crazy windy yesterday, and doing speed work outside is hard enough without wind.
I started with a mile warm-up at 6.0 mph, and then bumped it up to 8.0 mph for the intervals. I'm surprised at how good I feel at that pace now! Doing five minutes at 7:30 pace isn't all that hard anymore (on the treadmill; outside is another story)--it definitely gets my heart rate up, but I don't feel like I'm struggling to get through it. I did the two minute jogs at 5.0 mph, and then I finished the workout with a short cool down. Good workout!
After my run, I had a doctor's appointment. When I got home from that, it was time to head to Detroit. My parents offered to watch Joey while we were gone, so we took him to their house. My mom wanted to get a picture of us with our Wings shirts on, and she thought it would be funny to put a red shirt on Joey for a quick picture. This is quite possibly the dorkiest family photo ever, but I love it! I can't even look at it without laughing at Joey.
After going through some Yelp reviews, we decided to try a place called Mercury Burger Bar in Corktown. It looked like a place the kids would enjoy. I always love seeing the old train station when we go to Corktown--it's such a cool looking building!
Dinner at Mercury was delicious, and we'd definitely go back there. It was an interesting place, with some fun twists on typical bar food. Jerry got Buffalo Tater Tots, for example:
They were just like buffalo wings, only instead of chicken, they were tater tots (kind of fitting, since the Red Wings were playing Buffalo, it was the Buffalo-Wings game, as Noah pointed out). I didn't get a burger, but I tasted Eli's, and it was really good.
As we were there, my friend Mike wrote on Facebook that he was just a couple of blocks away, so we walked down there to say hi. Then we headed to Greektown to park at the casino (free parking!) and take the People Mover to Joe Louis Arena. There's a bakery called Astoria Pastry Shop in Greektown, and I just had to stop in for dessert. Jerry and I shared a brownie from there last time we were in Detroit, and it was amazing. This time, I decided to try a cannoli. I'd never had a cannoli before, and it was so much better than I'd imagined! I usually prefer desserts with chocolate and/or peanut butter, but the cannoli had neither, and it was still awesome.
We took the People Mover to Joe Louis Arena, and then went in and found our seats.
I was kind of expecting the kids to get bored halfway through the game, but thankfully, they really enjoyed it; and since it was a night game, I hoped they wouldn't fall asleep, and they didn't. The game was good--it was 3-0 (Wings) until the last five minutes or so, when Buffalo made two goals in a row. I would have been so bummed to see the Wings lose after being ahead the entire game, but they managed to win 3-2.
By the time we picked up Joey and got home, it was nearly midnight! Definitely a late night for the boys, but they're on Spring Break right now, so they didn't have school today. They had a blast and felt very grown up going to a Red Wings game ;) It was a fun day!