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!

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?

2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Ambassadors – Take 2

I did say in my previous post that the list of Ambassadors was the first round. That would mean there is a second round to announce, right?
That would be correct!

Sara Angelilli
​Jessica Swonger
​Tiffany Lott
Stephanie Fichtelman
​Mark Davidhizar​
​James Mackert​

Again, thank you to everyone who applied to help me represent the 2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon!

2018 Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Ambassadors

We received dozens and dozens of Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Ambassador applications for the 2018 race.  Selecting Ambassadors was difficult, everyone had such passionate reasons for wanting to help represent Glass City. I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to apply, knowing that others love this race as much as we do is a great feeling.

Allow me to introduce the first round of Ambassadors

Frank Murphy
Jennifer Mitchell
Jennifer Perkins
​Deric Tedora​
Dean Whitmire
Brian Hackenburg
Nicole Shoviak
Dave Essinger
Michael DeLapp
Victoria Calderon
Austin Bartos
Rick Raymon

If you haven’t heard from us, it doesn’t mean you’re out! We have another announcement coming early next week, stay tuned…

A Big Thank You

I am still decompressing from the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon weekend.
This race always holds a special place in my heart as it was my first half marathon and my first full marathon.

In 2014 I was lucky enough to join the marathon race committee to oversee a team of race Ambassadors. My eight Ambassadors for 2017 were fantastic and I am proud of each of them for running such fantastic races, some even had a great PR!

I’m already looking forward to the 2018 race and the exciting things that the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon race committee has in the works.
Did you know that 2018 is the 10th anniversary of the Owens Corning Half Marathon? Keep an eye out for some exciting information about the celebration of this anniversary!

What did you enjoy most about the race this year?

Do You Even Know Where to be on Race Day? Glass City Marathon Map

The campus of The University of Toledo is large and if you aren’t familiar with the campus, you may just find yourself lost or unsure of where you are headed. The races all start and finish, and run through and around campus so there are multiple road closures and parking lots that are off limits.

Where is the Glass Bowl? Where is Savage Arena? Where is the Findley Davies Kids Marathon? Most importantly, you’ll want to know where the porta-potties are before the race begins.

Take a look at the map and read the legend to find out where you can park and where you need to be. Knowledge is power when it comes to race weekend!

Do You Even Know Where You’re Going? Glass City Marathon Course Maps

There is not much worse than getting off course during a race. In my half marathon PR race, I ended up running half of a mile in the wrong direction because the course marshal at that post stepped away. A bystander told me I was headed the wrong way and I ended up making it to the finish line for a PR.

Ever since then I have studied course maps for all of my races so I have a general understanding of where I should be headed. I highly suggest it for all runners for all races, no runner likes a surprise on race day. Plus, it’s always great to know where every aid station is because I am a drinker and can never be too hydrated when I’m running.

Study up!