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?

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?

Monday’s Motivation – Thanksgiving Edition

Yes, this is the holiday centered around eating. Do you have to stuff your face until you hit a food coma in order to enjoy the food that you or a loved one cooked? Nope. You’ll be just as satisfied with smaller portions at your meal. If you really didn’t get enough, then go back for a second small portion.

Sure, I say this now, but in the heat of the moment it can be crazy difficult to remember. That is my goal for this year. Small portions of all of the things so I don’t hate myself after I eat.

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…

The Power of the Schwartz – Knee Surgery #6 Status Report

One year ago today was knee surgery #6 (all on the same knee). It is always a struggle to get back to pre-surgery shape with that leg and this post-op experience was no different. The biggest pain in the ass is strengthening my quad since I lost 3″ in it right after the surgery. It happens within the first 24-28 hours and it is a huge obstacle to overcome every time. Please google quad atrophy after knee surgery and read up on why this happens so drastically and quickly. There are a lot of big words that explain it and ain’t nobody got time for that in a post.

Here is a bad ass picture of the issue with my knee last year. I thought it was my tibia chipping off in that area, but it was only a meniscus tear.


This is where it gets fun
. My femur had tiny cracks in it when I first injured it at 15 years old and it was smoothed out and essentially as good as new. Then it started to chip during marathon #1 in 2012 and it was smoothed out again. It needed to be smoothed out yet again one year ago today. It is normal wear and tear for a knee like mine and will essentially continue to be normal for me.
I think these pictures are amazing and I love to see the issues that are fixed. Maybe it comes from a family with a strong medical background? Maybe it comes from a fascination with the inside of my knee? Who knows.

One year later I am still running and lifting. I am building my quad muscle and have gained around 1.5″ back, which isn’t too shabby I thnk. I have work to do, but I always will.

I will continue to need maintenance surgeries over the years to come, eventually leading to a total/partial knee. I am putting that off as long as possible of course.