The PR High Continues

All runners are competitors. Very few of us are able to compete to win a large race or place in our age group out of hundreds or thousands of runners.

We compete with our self, with our previous finish times. Runners have an idea in their head with the finish time they want to hit. They study the pace per mile necessary to earn that finish time.

For the 2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, I wanted to run a a 2:20 half marathon. My previous PR was 2:32 and that was from 2012. I was in desperate need of a new PR. Not only did I hit the 2:20 finish time, I finished with a 2:15! I am still completely floored that I was able to finish at a 2:15.

This was Chad’s first half marathon and he had a fantastic race as well. We had a brilliant day, living on the runners high.

I am so happy about this PR, that almost two months later, I still think about it and it brings a smile to my face. I’m in love with the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, and I’m excited to try for another PR in 2019.

2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon weekend is almost here. Are you ready?
I certainly am not. I don’t think I’m ever ready for a distance race. I am built for sprinting, not distance. For some reason I keep taking on the distance runs. I think it is because I want to challenge myself to also chase that new PR. I also think it is because they don’t have sprint races, only running.

 

If you haven’t double checked all of your information for the race, head over to RunSignUp.com and look at your upcoming events in your profile. Make sure that your race, shirt size, name you want on your bib, etc… are all correct. Last day to make changes is Saturday, March 31.

With race day under four weeks away, this is crunch time everyone!

Dave’s 10-Miler Race Recap 2018

Dave’s 10-Miler was a blast this year!

They had the largest field in the 43 years of the race, the weather was above freezing and the Yeti didn’t get unruly with the crowd. There was extreme fog all day and during the race. It was hard to see more than a half mile-ish in front of you. Personally, I liked it because I tend to look ahead and think ‘OMG, I still have that far to run until I turn.’ This race is run on country roads and they aren’t the most aesthetically pleasing in the winter. This race is a mental mind fuck for me for sure. I like to have things to look at to distract me.

I had an extremely rough race. Not because the running was difficult or because of the weather. Because of my heart. My heart had some issues during the race and had a huge freak out after the race. It scared the shit out of me to be honest with you. That’s information for another time though.

The medals race were redesigned this year and looked amazeballs. The Yeti adds a lot of fun to the medal! They are heavy and extremely well-made. Definitely love how this one looks hanging on my medal rack!
The race is run in Delta, Ohio at the local high school. We are lucky to have somewhere to hang out inside since the Ohio winter isn’t typically very forgiving. Run Toledo and Dave’s Running Shop know how to put on a stellar race in every way. They think of small details that most people take for granted at races. The medals and shirts are on point, the midwest hospitality is always welcomed and the events always flow smoothly without issues.

This was Chad’s first 10-Miler and he killed it, even had a great time doing it. I can’t believe I got this guy into running like I did. It is definitely nice to have someone to greet me at the finish line…since he’s so much faster than me. I have a built in cheerleader to cheer me on.I was also able to meet one of my Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Ambassadors, Michael DeLapp. He came down to Delta from Saint Clair Shores, Mich. and ran the race with his dad. Meeting my Ambassadors has been so much fun this year, we are all excited for the races on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.Mark your calendars, the date for next year is already set for Sunday, January 20, 2019!

don’t let the sprain get you down

Most of us have felt it. That moment your foot and ankle twist in a way that only the possessed girl in The Exorcist can replicate on command. You feel your body weight sit on the joint in a disgusting way and for that millisecond, you feel as if your ankle is going to break. It is a horrible feeling that I don’t wish on anyone. Okay, I don’t wish it on almost everyone.

On Wednesday, at the December Dash 5.1 Mile race, I sprained my ankle. Around mile 2.5 of the race. I was being incredibly careful as I ran because the streets weren’t plowed for shit and the sidewalks were rarely any better. I was doing the baby step run, where you look like the range of motion in your legs has all but disappeared. I hit a small mound of what I assume was snowy-covered bastard ice and my right ankle rolled outward leaving me cursing the very ground I stood on.

I waited a few minutes, walked it out, then continued to run the remainder of the race because I am a stupid runner and when it comes to injuries, almost all runners are stupid. I still did the baby step run and walked it out when I needed to. After a few days of swelling, some bruising and ZERO pain at all, I’m almost to the point where I don’t feel the need to wrap it during the day. I am going to be incredibly cautious though, the Owens Corning Half Marathon is in 110 days – or 3 months and 20 days, and I have to be in tip top shape in order to crush my PR.

Because I am making the adult decision to be careful, I haven’t run at all since the sprain (duh) and I haven’t lifted either. The extra weight on my leg could have been a dumb idea when it was swollen and I decided to couch it. I’m going to lift tonight and try my best to not engage my ankle at all. I could be there for 5 minutes or I could get a full lift in. We’ll see.

Have you sprained your ankle?
How did you handle it?

Monday’s Motivation

Monday’s Motivation

Dave’s 10-Miler & 5k on January 21, 2018

This is my next ‘distance’ race. And 2018 seems SOOO far away, but holy geez it’s in a couple of weeks. 

I ran the 10-Miler in 2016 and, while it was a blustery and chilly day, it wasn’t as miserable as previous races have been. Delta, Ohio isn’t a great destination for running. Why? Because it is flat farmland with zero windbreaks. There are minimal hills in NW Ohio and our largest ‘hills’ are freeway overpasses. We go over two of them and they can be challenging if you’re used to flat road runs. Don’t get me wrong! I love this race (and Delta) and the obstacles it throws at you, but visually…not the best.

The great thing about running the 10-Miler in January is that I am already at a great training distance in my long runs to prep for the Owens Corning Half Marathon on Sunday, April 22, 2018. My 10-Miler time was pitiful and I think I can set a new PR by about 10 minutes.

I am looking to smash my current half PR by 20-25 minutes. I set my PR years ago and my running/heart/knee have all improved significantly and I am ready to kick some serious ass.

REALLY looking forward to getting back to distance running.

Are you running this race?
Have you run it before?