Mercy Health Glass City Marathon FAQ’s – Part 2

Here are some more general FAQ’s about the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon that is in only 18 days!
If you want to run the Owens Corning Half Marathon, get on it now! There are just over 200 spots left and I guarantee you it WILL sell out before the race!GCM-ambassador-750-logo

Do you have questions about how to transfer races or anything else having to do with registration?
Please email your question to

Take a look at this map of The University of Toledo’s Main Campus.
Yes, bring a copy of their photo ID and we can release the packet to you.

No. The Expo and Packet Pickup will take place on April 23, 2016 in the Savage Hall Sports Arena on the Campus of The University of Toledo campus. The Expo will serve as the pick-up location for Race numbers, t-shirts and Goodie Bags for the participants.

Race day packet pickup is available starting at 5:30am. It is strongly recommended to pick up your packets on Saturday to avoid long lines and possible delays on race day morning.

No. There is limited space on each course and crashing the last few miles of the Half Marathon Course is unfair to the runners who registered for the event. You may transfer to the half marathon prior to race day provided the event is not sold out.

Part 3 to follow with more FAQ’s about the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon weekend!

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon FAQ’s – Part 1

There are so many moving parts to the race weekend and race day in general, so I’ll touch on some of the information that I have been asked a lot lately.GCM-ambassador-750-logo

The courses are all different this year. Take a look at the maps to familiarize yourself with the course of the race you’re running.
Marked on each map are the locations of the water/gatorade stops, porta johns, GU, orange slices (marathon only) and where you can receive medical assistance.

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon
Owens Corning Half Marathon
Medical Mutual Glass City 5k

Yes, there is a bag drop!
Goodwill of NW Ohio will manage a bag drop area East of the start line at the corner of Drummond and Bancroft, across from the Bell Tower. Bag pickup will be next to the food tent in parking lot 10 after the race. Participants who plan to utilize the bag drop (gear check) will be asked to use clear plastic bags. Bags will be provided as your packet pickup bag and can be reused for bag drop, If you choose to bring your own, please use a clear bag that allows for a quick visual check of its’ contents. Extra layers of clothing worn at the start may be discarded at the bag drop. Any clothing items abandoned at the bag drop area will be considered a donation. Also, any clothing discarded on the course is asked to be dropped at a water stop area for collection and donation.

Are you saying you want to clean up after running a race? Whatever…
If you really want to, you can do so at the UT Rec Center, found next to the finish line of the race.

Do you have a goal finish time for the Owens Corning Half or the Mercy Health GCM? Try running with a pacer! For more info on why you may want to follow a pacer, check here.
Marathon Pacers & Times
3:15 → TBD
3:25 → Tim Schmitt
3:35 → Jay Layshock
3:40 → Scott Perkins & David Seeley
3:55 → Dan Robinson & Krista Balwinski
4:10 → Chip Vandell & Ryan Phillip
4:25 → Chris Smith
4:40 → Marie Bartoletti
4:55 → Sean Brennan

Half Marathon Pacers & Times
1:30 → Rachel Kinsman
1:40 → Jason Stine
1:50 → Gordan Greenland & Aaron Stanley
2:00 → Dan Reisner & John Rosatti
2:10 → Jody Stanley & Aryal Jayatilaka
2:20 → Kim Wason

All finishers of the marathon, 5-person relay, half marathon and 5k will receive a medal upon crossing the finish line. Even Saturday’s kids race finishers get a medal.
Medals for everyone!

Hopefully this clears up a few things for you…Part 2 to follow with more FAQ’s about the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon weekend!

3 Weeks & 12.25 Miles

Only three weeks until the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon! Most training programs have you starting your taper this week and that is always a good feeling, isn’t it!? Want to know more about the race? Stay tuned because this week you’ll get to know the race inside and out.

My long runs have been epic fails for three of the last four weeks. Before that, my long runs had been right on pace and felt amazing. That was around the time I cut back on my weekday runs due to increased knee pain. I am going to take the old approach this week. I am going to run as much as my knee lets me and see how that affects my long run. It does worry me to an extent that my long runs are not long at all, but I know my body and I know I’ll be okay when I hit the start line. And worst case, if I do something to fuck up my knee any more than it already is, I already have surgery #6 scheduled!

After seeing that my new-ish shoes looked like they had 300+ mile wear at only 120+ miles I bought a new pair and they will be here tomorrow. I don’t want to finish training getting used to a new style of shoe, so I went with the same ones I’ve had, Mizuno Wave Paradox (first generation). I have a 7-miler tomorrow evening and I can’t wait to break in my marathon shoes. I’m still pretty pissed at the extreme wear and tear on my current shoes. Over the past week+ I’ve been trying to pay attention to how I run, and now it makes perfect sense about my wear pattern. I land on my right foot (bad leg) and don’t push off with that foot, I land on my left foot and push off hard with my toes. Check out my wear on my toes. My right shoe has almost no wear at all. I still think running on the track didn’t help in any way when you factor in my extreme left foot push-off.  The wear area is orange…the track is orange…do the math.
With my new pair, I’ll only have three track nights to put on them, so I think they’ll last an appropriate length of time.

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In my six years as a runner, I have never had feet problems. Never blisters (never 1, seriously) and never black toenails. I have had my toenails pull away from my skin to the point where I can trim them down crazy small – I guess this is the equivalent of losing a toenail…just, in stages.
Anyways, starting with my most recent pair of shoes, I started getting blisters on the bottoms of the 3 smallest toes on my left foot – my dominant push-off foot. And as of last week I discovered that I have two grey toenails. Not black, but a nice murky grey. I never had any of this with my old shoes of the same model…I look forward to seeing what my new shoes bring to me.

Monday – 0 miles

Tuesday – 5.25 miles
Speed workout at the Perry Field House on the campus of BGSU (Talons Up!). Our workout for the night went back to Yasso’s (10 x 800). I felt amazing during the Yasso workout, no knee pain at all.

Wednesday – 0 miles

Thursday – 0 miles

Friday – 0 miles

Saturday – 7 miles
Most definitely not the 22 or even the 18 miles I set out to run. On Friday night as I sat at trivia, I started having some of my old sharp heart pain. I wasn’t even moving or exerting myself in any way, except busy crushing game 1 and taking 1st place… I used to have the pain all the time, so it isn’t something that needs attention. Just haven’t had it since 2015 when I started this new med. I thought the issue was gone and over with but in mile two I could feel that it wasn’t the case. The sharp pain was gone, but instead my chest was so tight I couldn’t take a full breath. When that happens I get extremely lightheaded/dizzy. As soon as I slowed down at all, my heart was pumping easier and the dizziness went away. As soon as as I started running again, my heart was pumping horribly inefficiently and the backwards blood flow kept me dizzy.
Top all of that off with some knee pain and it was just a crazy stupid run. Better yet, the knee pain was in an entirely different spot than it has been over the last month. Awesome.

Sunday – 0 miles

The next few weeks are setting up to be stressful, so I hope that my body will let me run so I don’t stab people in the eye with a spork. Monday evening I’ll be at a group run at Dave’s Running Shop in Perrysburg then enjoying a beer (or four) at the Great Black Swamp Brewing Company as they tap Glass City Glory, the wheat beer they brew especially for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. LOVE this beer and so excited to have some before the finish line on April 24!

4 Weeks & 8 Miles

It’s not often I say it, but I am extremely ready for my next knee surgery. I am sick of having my knee be an issue with my running schedule because 8 miles is totally ridiculous. Two weeks ago I had the same knee issues and only hit 8 miles, then the next week I killed 15.5 miles. I’m not too worried about not getting to the start line. That is my #1 goal right now – the starting line. After that it’s all mental.

I did discover that my brand new running shoes are already finished. My wear pattern is the same, so I know my gait hasn’t changed at all with my new speed. The issue is that I am missing around 200 miles on my new shoes. After thinking long and hard about this, I truly believe that running on the track did them in. You can easily see the orange tint to my new shoes and the track is bright orange – seems to fit. With how hard I push off with my left foot, it just ripped up the shoes. So, guess who gets to buy new shoes to break in before the race!? By the time I get them, I’ll have 3 weeks to break them in…I hope that is enough time. 2016-03-24 12.07.27

Monday – 0 miles

Tuesday – 3.5 miles
Speed workout at the Perry Field House on the campus of BGSU (Talons Up!). Our workout for the night was 3 x 1600 with 3 min rest (I). I sat out a couple of laps to rest my knee and it was well worth it. Some days I have killer knee pain and some days I don’t. On Tuesday, I didn’t but still played it safe.

Wednesday – 0 miles

Thursday – 0 miles

Friday – 0 miles

Saturday – 0 miles  I had a crazy bad migraine all night and running wasn’t happening. Hell, getting out of bed wasn’t happening.

Sunday – 4.5 miles  Yeah, that is definitely not the 19 miles that were on the schedule. In mile 2 the knee pain started…in a totally new spot than before. A text to my orthpaedic surgeon shed some light that it could be scar tissue build up, plica tissue getting trapped due to inflammation…and a few more maybe’s. But, they are all maybe’s until May the 4th when my knee is cracked open for #6. Either way, I am okay to run on it even with the pain! So, now I just need to grin and bear the pain during my runs.

The long run this coming weekend is 22 miles. This will be a make or break run for me mentally. I know that I can get through the full, my brain is set to it. I just need to prove it to myself that it’ll happen.

5 Weeks & 20 Miles

Just over a month and the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon races will be here. Make sure you register before the end of the day on March 31 before the price increase!
This week was much better when it came to my long run. After only hitting 8 miles total last week, 5 of which were my failed long run, I am happy that I at least hit 20 this week. The past few weeks I have been really watching my knee and essentially only running on track night on Tuesday and then the long run on Saturday.
It’s not enough running? Not high enough mileage?
To that I say, suck it. I will make it to the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon and I will run my ass off. I guarantee myself that my knee will hurt like a sonofabitch during the race and that the days after it will essentially be crippled. I’m doing what I need to do in order to get to the start line. After running 5 days a week for half of training and now having to drop down to 2-3, it is torture. But, until race day, my knee calls some of the shots. Race day? Race day is all mine and I’m running through all of the pain it is going to dish out.


Monday – 0 miles

Tuesday – 4.5 miles
Speed workout at the Perry Field House on the campus of BGSU (Talons Up!). Our workout for the night was 5 x 1000 with 3 min rest (I). While it wasn’t easy, this was definitely an easy workout at the track compared to some of the others. Track night is my favorite day of training every week, I would love to go a few times a week during training actually.

Wednesday – 0 miles

Thursday – 0 miles

Friday – 0 miles

Saturday – 15.43 miles at the Great Black Swamp Festival of Races 25k
I ran this race in 2014, the 15k, and it was at a 12:22 pace. This year I ran the 25k at a 10:21 pace. WOW! It is crazy to look back and see the progress, especially since the majority of the progress has been in 2016 alone.
The first 5 miles of the race I held a solid 9:30 pace and while it did feel like I was pushing hard, I think I could have held out that pace for quite some time. Around mile 6 it happened. The knee happened. I know you’re sick of hearing me talk about it because I’m sick of talking about it! Unfortunately it is a very large part of my running life. My goal for the race was to finish at 2:40 or under. I came in, Garmin time, at 2:39:54. Are you fraking kidding me? I’ll take that :06. I don’t usually take a good race picture and this race is no exception…at least I’m smiling in the pic. I know I’m going to sound like a total girl here, but I feel like I look huge in all of my finish line pics.

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Sunday – 0 miles

Our long run this weekend is 19 miles, then the first weekend in April it jumps to 22. We aren’t supposed to run our long runs at a marathon pace at all, but I now know for a fact that my knee needs the practice at that speed with distance. During the next couple of long runs I’ll run some of the miles at race pace. If I continue to run long runs at an easy (up to 1 minute slower) pace, my body will NEVER be ready to run a full at at the faster pace. So I’m going to have to mix this up somehow.

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Registration

If you haven’t registered for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Yark Subaru 5-Person Relay Marathon, Owens Corning Half Marathon or the Medical Mutual Glass City 5k, hop to it because there is a price increase at the end of the day on March 31!

FieldsFields2The marathon increases by $10.
The relay increases by $25.
The half marathon increases by $10.
The 5k increases by $5.

Don’t forget to register your child for the Findley Davies Kid’s Marathon that takes place on April 23 during the expo. The price for the race is only $10 through April 22!

The Owens Corning Half Marathon has completely sold out the past few years, so register now to reserve your spot. It is 73% full and we still have six weeks until the race. Register now!


6 Weeks & 8 Miles

As of 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, I will be enjoying my first beer at the post-race party at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. Hopefully it is a successful completion to my marathon training. My training has been great so far, but the last two weeks have been very trying. There has been an obvious change to my knee over these 14 days and I can only hope that it holds out for the remainder of training. My knee pain was so severe this week that I only ran 8 miles. That alone should tell you how bad it was.


Monday – 0 miles

Tuesday – 3 miles
Speed workout at the Perry Field House on the campus of BGSU (Talons Up!). Our workout for the night was 2 x 800 with 3 min rest (I), 1600 with 1 min on/1 min off (I), 2 x 800 with 3 min rest (I). This was one of, if not the, hardest track night we have run to date. My knee started hurting during the second 800 and I sat out 1 200. Then during the 1600, I sat out 2 laps. During the final 800, I only ran 2 laps. The pain was that severe, even walking brought extreme pain. Better luck this week, I hope.

Wednesday – 0 miles

Thursday – 0 miles

Friday – 0 miles

Saturday – 5 miles in Oak Openings Metropark. Yes, 5. 18 on the schedule again but I had that severe knee pain all day Friday and then it was still there on Saturday morning. The kind of pain where, no matter what kind of shoes I was wearing, whenever I set my foot on the ground, I had shooting pain. Best part is that the pain moved from the top of the patella and then to the spot where my tibia is most likely chipping and then into the medial knee area.
My splits weren’t so bad for my 5 miles:
1 – 11:15
2 – 10:51
3 – 10:28
4 – 9:50
5 – 9:39
Negative splits the entire run! Never would have been able to keep up the sub-10 pace, but it was nice to push it for a few miles. My knee hurt the least during my fastest miles.

Sunday – 0 miles

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