A while back, I mentioned that I had been selected to be a Race Ambassador for the Glass City Marathon 2015 edition. I still am honored to have been picked, as I get to share my love for the TOL, UT, and GCM with the blogosphere, social media outlets, and locally as well. I know North Central Ohio knows how to represent!
I have planned to select the Owens Corning Half Marathon as my race distance for 2015. Why the half marathon? Because I’d really like another crack at the distance. With a shiny new, bubble wrapped, straight out the package baby, it’s the best distance that fits into my free time. I haven’t run one since 2012 and I have been eager to see what I’m capable of 2 years and 1 baby later. The Owens Corning Half course is perfect for setting that PR. Even though I’m picking the half doesn’t mean you have to!
Glass City offers many different options dependent upon what you’re looking for:
Glass City Marathon 5K: A 5k is the perfect distance if you’re just getting into the running game or are looking to test your speed. No distance better tests your ability to tolerate, as I refer to it as, the pain train. A 5K is also relatively easy to train for, and doesn’t require you to allot a significant chunk of your time to do. If you’re new to running, you’ll want to allow for 8 weeks prep time, but if you’re an experienced runner, you can probably get peaked for optimal speed by 4 weeks.
Owens Corning Half Marathon: If you’ve run a 5K or 10K and are looking for the next “challenge”, then tackling 13.1 miles is for you. I ran my first half during my very first year of racing. My goal was to finish. If it’s your first half, that’s the best route to take, as finishing is a great accomplishment. Then, if you decide that halfs are your jam, you can begin to set time goals. I used a free Runners World plan for my first race, but now lean towards Hal Higdon’s plans (with my own modifications).
Glass City 5 Person Relay: Nothing tests teamwork or camaraderie like running a relay. I absolutely loved running a half marathon relay while pregnant earlier this spring. A relay makes you feel accountable for your training because you are not only running for yourself, but for your teammates as well. The relay legs are broken up into 5:
Leg 1 – 5.1 Miles
Leg 2 – 6.1 Miles
Leg 3 – 4.4 Miles
Leg 4 – 5.3 Miles
Leg 5 – 5.3 Miles
Glass City Marathon: The big kahuna of it all. If you have run several halfs, maybe even a 25K, and are ready for the next challenge, the marathon is that option. 26.2 miles is a big challenge and one that I am still not brave enough to try (maybe someday). If this is your first marathon, you will want to allow yourself proper training time–approximately 18-20 weeks and already have a solid foundation established. Solid foundation meaning you are capable of running for 6-7 miles. If you are already an established marathoner and looking for that shiny BQ, Toledo is the place to do it! The course is relatively flat and definitely fast, allowing any well trained and motivated runner to grab that shiny PR.
I think my favorite portions of the half/full course (as they run together for the first several miles) occur during the pass into Ottawa Hills and onto Wildwood Preserve. Everytime I am in the TOL, I always do a majority of my running at Wildwood. I just consider it to be a beautiful metropark! So, consider joining me and my fellow GCM Race Ambassadors on April 26, 2015 by participating in one of the above options. And if you’re worried about tired muscles and a hungry belly afterwards, there is a post-race party that offers free massages and some grub. You also can’t beat the commemorative Glass Mug from Libbey Glass (Thus why Toledo is the Glass City).
Be sure to sign up soon as registration price increase occurs on 1/1/15. I look forward to chronicling my first post-baby half marathon training cycle with you!