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Race Recap: Glass City Marathon (Half)

The Glass City Marathon weekend is something I am really starting to look forward to each year (can’t you tell? I pooped out this blog post same day-ha, poop, convenient word choice).  This year was my 3rd time running the Half Marathon and I’ve always enjoyed sharing my training over the 3 month time period leading up to race day.  As inconsistent in blogging as I can be, I try to be somewhat consistent for this race.  Why?  As a UT graduate (x2), I always look forward to going back to campus, seeing what has changed since last time I visited, and seeing how great the NW Ohio running community is to rally around supporting a large (and growing) running event.  I will now get off my soapbox and continue with my recap…

I really enjoyed this weekend so much because I got to spend time with my parents.  I got to show them things I spent the better part of 7 years taking in.  We stayed at the Radisson Hotel at UTMC and the accomodations were great.  My only gripe would be to not offer a breakfast buffet (for runners) that starts at 6 AM.  Ain’t no runner going to be eating a buffet an hour before race time.

We ate our breakfast in the room, I ate my typical long-run staple: a bagel with cream cheese and 2 cups of coffee.  Tick, tock…like clockwork, in 20 minutes the potty was my friend and we were good to go.  Or so I thought.

We arrived a little later than planned to park on campus at 6:15 and I immediately took off to investigate the Port-o-Pot situation.  My assessment was quick and we proceeded towards the start line.  The corrals quickly filled up and my only gripe about the set-up was that either the “B” corral was not big enough (maybe wave starts are the way to go in the future) or late arriving runners didn’t go to their appropriate start area.  Either way, once the race started, I had a hard time moving.  Like a really hard time.  We stayed packed together like cattle for a while, I had a hard time passing people because it was just too congested.  I was not happy.  Races shouldn’t be determined in the first mile.  While the plan was to go slower the first 3 miles, I didn’t want to go THAT slow.
Mile 1–8:26 Move it or lose it, people
Mile 2–7:50 Along Dorr Street, turning up Secor. Baby Hill.
Mile 3–7:48 Along Secor, approaching turn into Ottawa Hills. Flat.
Mile 4–7:26 Just looked at Garmin and realized Mile 1 was terrible.
Mile 5–7:41 Ok.  Reign it in, let’s do this baby hill situation through the appropriately named Ottawa Hills.
Mile 6–7:36 Felt a little fancy again.
Mile 7–7:34 Feeling good, feeling great.  Wishing I could have gotten into this stride earlier.
Mile 8–7:36 Still feeling good. I got this.
Mile 9–7:22 Will you quit running so fast idiot?!  Definitely missed the Wildwood section here.  Also where I started playing mind games and dedicating miles to people.  Mile 9 was for my husband.  No surprise it was also my fastest mile.
Mile 10–7:35 I dedicated this mile to my Dad.  He has always been there for me, works hard in everything he does, is a wonderful father and grandfather, and a mean T-Rex race walker.  This was also around the time that my stomach started to turn.  And I desperately prayed I wouldn’t need to stop at the Port-O-Pot.  AGAIN.
Mile 11–7:34 Dedicated to my Mom.  She is my rock, my support, and does so much for me and my family.  She is definitely a TGIF=This Grandma is Fabulous.
Mile 12–7:48  Dedicated to my sweet Baby James.  This is really when my stomach hated me, my legs grew heavy, but thoughts were directed towards that curly redhead.
Mile 13–7:44 This mile and the rest were for me.  I’ve worked so hard to get myself back in shape since having James.  I try to do my best in everything I do, with all the different hats I wear: Wife, Mommy, Daughter, Aunt, Cousin, Sister, Physical Therapist, Runner, and Semi-Retired Soccer Player.  And gosh darn it, I trained so hard for this race.  Even if my training could have gone better, I put in the work.
Final 0.26 (a good tangent runner I am not, especially when in crowds)–1:50. I had nothing left in the tank.  I probably could have run the last 3 miles better if I weren’t having to remind myself not to trust a fart after Mile 5.  But I finished.

Final Finish: 1:41:55. (7:46/mile)
A new half marathon PR and a new GCM Course PR for me.  It makes me excited for what I’m capable of when I’m not skipping out on long runs, having to cross train instead of run for over a week, and can really crank out a good training cycle.

Both my parents also rocked it out, my Dad finished in 2:28:29 and my Mom finished in 1:59:23.  It was wonderful being able to share a special race with them.


Thanks Glass City Marathon 2016 Edition.  It’s been real…fun.




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Glass City Marathon: Week 11

Here we sit.  On the eve of the eve of the Glass City Marathon.  Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  I figure I should probably recount my Week 11 training and part of Week 12 (that was my taper…kind of) before it becomes totally obsolete when I write up my race recap.

Week 11 went surprisingly well.  I’ve had more bad runs than I can count on recently between both my fingers and toes (unless I randomly grow another hand, which is possible since you know, Davis Besse).  Week 11 was enough, though, to give me a solid confidence boost going into race day.  I know I can finish this thing, time be damned.

Tuesday–Rode my bike on the trainer for 45′ (Substituted my 3 mile easy run for a cross training day.  My body thanked me.)
Wednesday–5 miles in Neighborhood in 39′
Thursday–10×400 @5k Pace.  Totaled 4.5 miles in 35′.
Friday–Rest Day
Saturday–10.5 mile Long Run in 1:22:14.
Sunday–3 mile Pace Run in 22:14
.  I am not quite sure what “pace” I was running because that was certainly not half marathon pace.  Idiot.


Week 12 wound up working out like this:
Monday–Rest Day
Tuesday–4 mile run in Neighborhood in 31:31.
Wednesday–3 mile run in 23:06
Thursday–30′ Tempo Run.  Covered 3.85 miles.
Friday (Today)–Rest Day.
Saturday (Tomorrow)–Rest Day.
Sunday–Race Day!

It’s certainly been a less than ideal training cycle, but I figure it was a good learning process.  I know what things I need to work on (as far as strength training) to fix my mechanics and avoid a future SI upslip from occurring.  All I know is, my post-race beer will never have tasted so good!


Glass City Half: Weeks 8,9,10

So once my wonky, cranky, cantankerous knee decided to act up in week 7, I pretty much fell off the blogging wagon.  I also lost my drive to train hard as well.  I have been afraid to push things, because any niggle, naggle, or hint of a pain in my knee has been my cue to back off.  I literally feel like my knee is currently being held together by duct tape.  Most of my runs have been on the treadmill since any canter in the road shifts my pubic bone into angry mode.  My goal for Glass City Half has obviously changed, as I’d just like to finish the darn thing in one piece, not be injured, and then focus on rehabbing things correctly.  Aka: fix my rotten core.  Truly, this is probably something that I never really fixed after being pregnant and I’m now paying for it now.  Abdominals be weak, yo!


So, here’s how the “I’m not really training hard anymore and just trying to keep things together until April 23” plan has been shaking out:
Week 8–
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 4.5 mile run in 36:00 on the ‘Mill
Wednesday: 40’ tempo run on the ‘Mill with 5.2 miles run
Thursday: 3 mile run in 23:04 Outside with strength sesh
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Raced it.  Second Sole Spring 10K in 46:34.  3rd Overall, very hilly first portion of the race that made me suck wind for the last 2 miles.  Not my best effort, but whatever.  Ran 1 mile for warm-up, 2.8 miles cool-down to round out 10 miles total.
Sunday: 5 mile pace on the ‘Mill in 39:00
Total:  27.7 miles

Week 9–
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 5 mile run in 39:21 on the ‘Mill
Wednesday: 9×400 @5k pace, 3.7 miles in 29:30
Thursday: 3 mile run in 22:29 Outside with strength sesh.  Poop on a platter, what do you know? My knee hurts again.  Fishsticks.
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Attempted long run.  Maybe got 9 miles in.  Don’t know the time because I stopped/started multiple times to try to work out my legs.  Hips shifted again and magically the pain was back.  Again.  Worse than Thursday.
Sunday: Rest.  Not planned.  Knee.  Hurts.  Lame.  Cryotherapy, compression, and NSAIDS are my friend.
Total: 20.7 miles

Week 10–
Monday: Rest.  Feeling somewhat improved.  Hips back in place.
Tuesday: 5 mile run in 39:40 on the ‘Mill
Wednesday: 45’ tempo run.  5.7 miles.  On the ‘Mill.
Thursday: 3 mile run outside in 22:39.  Less knee pain with the outdoor running this time, but also kept things on a fairly flat surface.
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 11 Mile Long Run on the ‘Mill in 1:31:00.  Watched the Barkley Marathons documentary and it made me feel better about my long plight on the treadmill in the dungeon.  Those people be crazy!
Sunday: 5 mile pace run on the ‘Mill in 39:00.
Total: 29.7 miles

I felt much better about things towards the end of week 10.  Less than 2 weeks to go until race day, and I know that one way or another, I will finish.   Definitely not my favorite training cycle and certainly less than ideal (too much treadmill running), but my goals can wait for another race and another training cycle.  Being healthy is kind of importantd025c4ccdbac6d8f89973d045153e44e.