My Fastest Marathon Ever


So, yeah, yesterday … big day for me. As is my custom, I spent most of the week complaining about how un-ready I was to run a marathon. In the hours leading up to the race, I was convinced that I was going to do poorly in the Detroit International Marathon. I’m not sure what happened … maybe someone put the voodoo on me, maybe I was caught up in the beauty of running the streets of a city I love so much but I managed to beat my previous personal best marathon time by 40 minutes! I felt really good for much of the race and was pacing about an hour faster than my previous best time but I knew that I would have to slow down a bit near the end so I didn’t want to get ahead of myself. I just kept looking forward toward the finish line and was completely overwhelmed by emotion when I crossed the line. It was a great, great day for me :D

The race starts in Detroit but then heads into Canada over the Ambassador Bridge … we run a few miles along the riverfront in Windsor, Ontario before we run back to the US underneath the Detroit River thru the tunnel connecting the countries. The rest of the race takes place entirely in Detroit and I have to say … I started getting teary eyed as I ran thru the streets of Detroit. There are parts of Detroit that are so beautiful, I dare you not to weep at the beauty. We runners were met on the streets with high fives, cheers, free beer (yes really, a lot of beer, actually), smiles and friendly love. The weather was perfect, the atmosphere in the city was so electric (Midtown, Indian Village, Belle Isle, the River Walk — all AMAZING!) … I think a little bit of all of these things in sum helped me run my fastest marathon yet. I had hoped that I’d get a sub 5 hour marathon under my belt before I retire but I didn’t think I’d be able to get near 4:30 so quickly (my official time was 4:33). Now my new goal is to get a sub 4 hour marathon under my belt so I can qualify for the Boston Marathon. Maybe my retirement will have to be delayed a bit.

Thru it all my BFFs Sarah and Mark … no, wait, they are more than BFFs … thru it all, my dear family Sarah and Mark were encouraging me thru my complaints and worries. They woke up at 5AM to brave the cold temps not only to drive me to the race but to be by my side at the race start and finish. They, too, are a huge part of my success yesterday:

When I crossed the finish line, I started crying … like, a lot. Emma saw me weep when I finished my first marathon in Hawaii last December but my fast time in the city I love was just too much. I got to hug Mark and Sarah and bawl into their necks. That’s family stuff, y’all. To keep from having my legs tighten up completely, we decided to not rest and just keep moving … so we made our way to a Cider Mill, the perfect way to end a great trip home to Michigan:

The flight home last night was painful, I can assure you but I’m feeling much, much better today. I want to thank all of you guys out there for YOUR support as well. On Facebook, on Instagram and here on the blog, you have constantly enriched my life in such a way that I can never express properly. I carry you guys in my heart, always. We have a bit of a family around here too. To see all the love you have heaped on Shannon and her family, it just makes me so proud to “know” you guys. Thank you.

I’m home in LA again and have a pretty full week ahead. No rest for the weary :) Have a great Monday! Love you all!!

  • Sabrina

    Congrats Trent!!!

  • helen

    Pink is the New Family!

  • fab4runner

    Congrats, Trent!

  • Jstar

    That is an amazing time Trent, you should be so proud of yourself! Congrats!!!!

  • Sheree

    Congrats Trent!!!

  • momo

    Wow, just WOW!
    Trent this just makes me smile so much!


  • Leo

    We are all your family. Everyone of us. I know I speak for many when I say you are an inspiration to me. In so many ways.

  • Allison

    I teared up just reading about your run! Congrats to you and to Shannon and her family.

  • hifiman2

    Enough already…finished with all that foolishness? Now, GET BACK TO WORK!!!
    (just kidding, of course…or maybe not!).

  • Ama

    That’s awesome! Good work :)

  • rOXy

    You may have been overwhelmed with emotions but that and your fast run did nothing to stop you from looking fresh as a daisy at the finish. I am in awe. Chili dogs and a pumpkin patch were perfect for post marathon celebration. I am sure that day is one for your memory books. That last pic of you three is one of the best shots you’ve ever posted. *heart*

  • DvrDiva

    I was tearing up just reading this post. You made that marathon your bitch! Many many congratulations to you on your new PR, and I am sure Boston or even NYC would love to have you in their marathons!

  • Rebecca

    Great to “know” you too, Trent! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your wonderful experience!!

  • Rebecca

    p.s. Go 313!!

  • Marissa

    Holy CRAP! That’s a huge amount of time to off! Congrats! I think it was definitely the city inspiration, your family and…dare I say-the sushi?!

  • Kim


    I might need to take a little drive to Plymouth…the different apple cider blends are intriguing!

  • Cee

    I must be super stupid emotional today, because reading this post, I welled up. Congrats Trent! You’re very lucky to have so many people around you that love you unconditionally (and probs a few readers on PITNB too!).

  • Sara

    Amazing! Congratulations!

  • Karen

    This is so great, Trent. Congratulations on your amazing run. All that love — for your city and both for & from your friends/family — moved you! Thanks for sharing the experience with us.

    It’s a sunny day on PITNB with these happy family posts from you and Shannon!

  • trish

    Congratulations on such an amazing time. Maybe I need to race in my hometown to get a PR like that!

  • Vilma

    Congratulations, Trent! That’s awesome!

  • Nicole O’Brien

    The Detroit marathon is definitely on my bucket list. You should definitely run Chicago!

  • Alejandra

    That’s amazing dude!
    Curious- how do you cross into Canada and back into the USA? Do you have to run with a passport or do they pre-screen all the runners?

  • dee

    Good for you Trent! Isn’t it great to have friends that you can snot-cry on? I love knowing that I can call my lovely (my bff, she calls me my sweet) anytime, anywhere, and know she has my back, front, and side!

  • Ashley

    Congratulations on such a fantastic race. it sounds like you had a great run and it’s pretty cool you got to run into Ontario as well. It’s great to “know” you as well Trent. I’m so glad I’ve stuck around for so many years, you are a wonderful person and you should be so proud of your accomplishments. :)

  • Amanda

    Trent – I think that you crossed more than just the finish line with this race. After everything you’ve been through this year it truly feels like you’ve just run into a whole new chapter of your life! I’m so happy for you xoxo

  • Jamie O.

    I got chills reading you mention running the Boston Marathon- know that if you do, I will definitely be there to cheer you on! I’m sure with other New England fans of you and your blog. Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  • Dezden

    So awesome!!!! Go Trent!