2017 Ohio Michigan 8k

It’s done. I registered us for the Ohio Michigan 8k.
This will be the longest race that Chad has ever run and my fourth or fifth time running this race.

It is always hot and humid and while I want to hate it, I love this race SO much. Since I started running six+ years ago I have always made a point to fit this race in my calendar. While the scenery is typical Ohio Michigan farmland-type action, the after party is what makes the evening truly fun.

I couldn’t run the race last year due to only being 2 months post-op, but I’m back this year and ready to PR. I haven’t run this race since I started my new heart medication in December of 2016 and started running around two minutes per mile faster, so I have no clue what I’ll be able to accomplish. Of course, I have a goal finish time in mind and I’m going to do everything I can to hit it.

Do you have certain races you love to run every year?

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!

Registered & Ready to PR

Turns out that I was certain that I registered for the Owens Corning Half Marathon, but after looking into it, I hadn’t registered at all! I had to remedy that right away naturally. Now I am officially running the half on April 23 and pretty damn excited about it.HalfMarathonRegistrationMy race training has hit a few speed bumps this month, but I still have plenty of time to get into PR shape for the Owens Corning Half Marathon. If I hit my goal time then it will be around a 20 minute PR.

Register before the end of the day on February 15 before the next price increase!
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My 2017 Race Calendar

As most runners do, I like to plan all of my races far in advance.
Here are a few of the more obvious reasons:
1. Race entry fees can be expensive and I like to budget for the year
2. So I have races to look forward to and give me motivation
3. Training takes a lot of planning because you have to work that into your daily life
4. Running kicks ass and I get too excited to not plan my races in advance
5. I have a new running partner in crime that I want to keep motivated

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So far I have the following mapped out for 2017:
*1.1 – Hangover Classic 5k
*1.7 – Kiwanis Adventure Run 5k (Florida)
*2.4 – Blizzard Breakfast 7-Miler
*3.18 – Blarney Shamrockin’ Shuffle 3-Miler
*4.23 – Mercy Health Glass City Marathon
*5.27 – WTOL River Run 10k
*6.17 – Muddy Mini 1/2 Marathon & 1/4 Marathon
*7.13 – Ohio Michigan 8k
*8.19 – Shades of Grey 5k
*9.2 – Boy Scout Half Marathon
*10.8 – MacQueen’s Run For Your Life 10k
*11.23 – Dave’s Turkey Chase 5k
*12.3 – Miracle on Main Street 5k

Looks like it is essentially one race a month. I like to start off ambitious and then see how it goes from there I guess. lol

I’m not going over the half marathon distance this year. I need to ease back into distance for whenever I decide to take my third stab at a successful full.

I am running my first out of state race the first weekend in January and I’m intrigued to see how well run it is and I’ll be judging it accordingly. The main thing that threw me off was that you don’t select a shirt size when you register online, you get to select one when you check in. I actually emailed the race director to see if I had missed the area to pick a shirt size when I registered. The great thing about this race? It’s at Honeymoon Island State Park, where I visit every time I am in town. Check me out, killing two birds with one stone like a boss.

What do you have on your race calendar for 2017?

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon Free Race Entry Giveaway

With 2017 just weeks away it is time to look ahead and make plans for your vacations, family functions, shenanigans, tea parties, and races. My first vacation of 2017 is extremely early in the month, I don’t have my shenanigans or tea parties planned out, but my race schedule is solid.

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I officially start training with Dave’s Marathon In Training Group on Tuesday, January 3. I am pretty sure I am going to be registering for the Owens Corning Half Marathon. After two failed full’s I think I’ll stick to the half distance for a year and try a third stab at a full in the near future. I finished the first but I inured my knee during the race, I had to DNF the second because of my heart, I hope my third attempt in the future will work out.

As the head Ambassador for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon I get to spread holiday cheer by giving away TWO free race entries. My great team of Ambassadors have all given away their free race entries and now this is your final chance to win! How fantastic would your holiday be if you received an entry to the race you were already planning on running on Sunday, April 23, 2017?

If you want to run the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon, Owens Corning Half Marathon or the Medical Mutual Glass City 5k, then you have a chance to win a free entry! The giveaway runs from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, December 12 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Each registrant has the opportunity to submit up to six entries.

Each form of entry WILL be validated if selected. If you say you followed on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or posted a blog comment, then please do so. If I draw your name for the free entry and you have not fulfilled the requirement your entry will be disqualified.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The fine print…
*The free registration does NOT apply to the Yark Subaru 5-Person Relay or the Findley Davies Kids’ Marathon
*Winner will be announced & must respond within 24 hours to claim their prize.
*After claiming the entry via email the winner will be notified with code for online registration.
*Free entry code expires on January 31, 2017.
*Winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.

Good luck!

What You Need to Know About Dave’s Turkey Chase 5k & Kids Run

Thanksgiving is in less than FOUR days and I’m completely geeked! I am that nerd who plans out the entire day so I stay on track. My schedule for Thursday begins with Dave’s Turkey Chase 5k & Kids Run!daves-turkey-chase-logo-for-partners-2016This is the second year for the Turkey Chase and it sounds like it’ll be even better than the first. I really enjoyed the inaugural running and I’m excited to see the changes in year two!
Here are a few things to know about Thursday:

Where and What Time is the Race?
WTOL-11 in Downtown Toledo
730 North Summit, Toledo, 43604
The 5k begins at 9 a.m.
The Kids Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m.

What is the Race Course? 
(click on the map to enlarge)2016-turkey-chase-5k-course-mapIt starts on Summit St. at WTOL 11, turning right onto Monroe St. passed 5/3 Field, then turns right onto Huron St. passing by the Huntington Center. The course continues on Huron St. across Cherry St. to Bush St; turns right on Bush St. going passed the YMCA, then turning right on Summit St., left on Lagrange and right on Water St. to the finish at WTOL 11.

Does Dave’s Turkey Chase Benefit any Charities? Because It’s Thanksgiving and I’m Feeling Extra Generous!
Cherry Street Mission Ministries and Hannah’s Socks
Click here to donate to either charity
Please bring canned goods, socks and shoes to the race to donate to these charities!!

Can I Track a Runner or Give my Info to Friends and Family to Track Me? I’m Probably Going to Win the Whole Thing and Want Them to Watch.
Yes! This race is offering free race day live tracking and cheers through the RaceJoy app. Download it on your phone and you’ll be able to set this up in no time. It is the same tracking app used for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon.

I Know NOTHING About Parking in Downtown Toledo!
For getting to and from the Turkey Chase 5k start/finish line, the most convenient parking is at the Vistula Parking Garage. You will be required to pay $5 upon entering. The gates will be opened after the start of the race so that you can leave without any delay once you finish the race.

You may also park at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 N Superior St., or any other downtown lot, meter and legal parking spot. All parking is at your own risk.

Maritime Plaza — Volunteers Only
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral — $5 Parking Donation to Church
Vistula — $5 Event Parking
Ample parking is available in the Vistula Parking Garage. Use the entrance off of Superior. — View Map

Did You Sayyyyy Kids Run? 
Sure did. Kids 1/4 mile Turkey Chase run starts at 8:30 a.m., immediately followed by the 1/2 mile option. There is no charge for these events, but all participants must be registered and wearing an official BIB to participate.

Are There Water Stops? I’ll Simply Die Without Water.
Then you’re in luck because there are two water stops on the course! Near mile 1 and near mile 2. Of course there will be goodies at the finish line, like that free banana we all love so much.

Does Running a 5k Negate All of my Thanksgiving Calories?
Now I’m not a doctor or registered dietitian, but I think it does! A 5k offsets ALL of the calories you eat during the course of the day. Just another reason to come out and run with your family and friends!
yeah, that may be a bunch of BS, but you can believe everything you read on the internet. the internet told me so.

Holy Turkey I Forgot to Register! Where Can I Take Care of This?
You can still register online here or stop in to Dave’s Running Shop in Perrysburg or Sylvania on Tuesday and Wednesday between 12-8 p.m. OR you can register the day of the race, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the WTOL 11 parking lot.

If you have any questions, ask away! Otherwise, I’ll see you on Thursday morning!