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.

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!

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Restaurant Discounts

What is one of the most important things to a runner? Aside from shoes, clothing, and hoping for some great weather, FOOD!
When it comes to racing, a runner needs to be sure to fuel properly pre and post race. What you eat can make or break a race sometimes.

Runners of each of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon races will receive a 20% discount at the restaurants listed below on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23! Just make sure to wear your 2017 race shirt or your 2017 race medal for the discount.

I have been to each of these restaurants, and while I most definitely have a favorite (or two), they are all a fantastic place to carb up to run an epic race.

Spaghetti Warehouse
Manhattan’s
Bravo! Cucina Italiana
Blarney Irish Pub
Mancy’s Italian

What is your favorite pre and post race meal?

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Personalized Bibs

One of the fun things about the Glass City Marathon races is the personalized bibs. It is something so incredibly small that makes me smile and feel unique during the race.

Race bibs are color coded based on the race you are entered to run (examples below). The bib also includes the B-Tag, your tracking device to record your time during the race. Your corral assignment is printed just above your name and the most important item, in my opinion, are the two drink tickets located on the bottom right of the bib. Great Black Swamp Brewing creates a special beer for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon called Glass City Glory and it is fabulous. No matter which race you run, a couple of drinks when you finish helps the recovery process, right?!

BUT, you need to register before midnight on Friday, March 31 to be able to personalize your bib! Make sure you get to the webpage and get your message/name/nickname/dog’s name/business printed on your bib!

Six Weeks Until Race Day

First of all, if you haven’t registered for your race at the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, hop to it! The fields are filling up fast and there is no guarantee how much longer there will be room. Register before March 31 and you will be guaranteed your shirt size, a personalized BIB number, corral placement and you’ll beat the next price increase!
My training for the Owens Corning Half Marathon is still at a stand still, and has been for months now. I am starting to think I might have to drop down to the Medical Mutual Glass City 5k. My schedule may be changing in the near future and I’m not sure how many Saturday races I’ll be able to take part in. Adulting: the struggle is real. I have six weeks to train for the half and I know that I could get it done, BUT, I’ll be off of running for one week due to a surgery. And unfortunately, there is no running at all during the initial recovery.

Have your registered?
How has your training been going?