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?

Miracle on Main Street 5k & Santa’s Little Helpers Dash

December is when? Tomorrow? No, that’s not right. Labor Day was just last week and I’m pretty sure that Thanksgiving came early this year.

I can’t believe that it is, first of all, the beginning of the holiday season, and secondly, almost 2018. What the hell is that? It is incredibly cliché, but the older you get, the years definitely get shorter and time moves at the speed of light, no, ridiculous speed, no…ludicrous speed! When life goes by that quickly, everything goes plaid. (bonus points if you know what movie this is from)

Well, as long as the holidays are here, it’s time to celebrate like it’s 1999 – I just graduated high school with no clue what I wanted to do with my life and I hated running. Hated with a passion is more like it. Fast forward to 2017 and I am geeked to run the Miracle on Main Street 5k and Santa’s Little Helpers Dash. Well, I’m not running the Dash, only the 5k. I looooove me a holiday race. This is the second year for the race and the inaugural race was seriously fun, so I have high hopes for this year.One of the coolest things about this race is the swag. No, it’s not your average race t-shirt. It is a long stripey scarf that is totally warm and incredibly stylish. The scarf comes in red/white and green/white stripes. Last year I went for the green and this year I’m scouting out a red one. I need a collectible set.

While I’m not a fan of long straight stretches of running in a race, I like this course because it goes through neighborhoods and has some fun spectator support along the way. If you didn’t register yet, you can sign up here or the day of the race, by 3:45 p.m. for the 4 p.m. start.

After not running many races in 2017, I guess I’m ending the year with a bang – including this coming Sunday, I’ll have run three 5k’s in 11 days. I’m incredibly happy to be back in the running game and getting pretty stoked to start training for the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon.

Dave’s Turkey Chase 5k – Things you Need to Know

It is almost Thanksgiving and that means it is almost time for Dave’s Turkey Chase 5k, 1 Mile Walk and Kids Run! This is the third year that a group of over 2,500 gobblers will run the streets of downtown Toledo to help raise money for charity and attempt to offset some Thanksgiving gorging.

The race benefits three charities, Cherry Street Mission Ministries, Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Hannah’s Socks. Click on the charity name to give to others in need. You can also bring canned goods, socks, and shoes to the race to donate.

If this is your first year running this awesome race or you are incredibly forgetful year after year, here is a map of the race course. It is extremely hard to get lost. You’re running with over 2,500 people in your running family and it is a giant rectangle. The course has marshals everywhere to help keep you on the course and they’re very supportive, too.

If you need the course directions in writing because maps aren’t your thing, here you go:
The run course will loop through Downtown Toledo. It 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.

If you are a completely slacker and haven’t registered yet, get to it! You can register here until race day – otherwise known as Thanksgiving.

Get Ready for Rock’tober

You know that feeling when you register for a race you’ve never run before?
You wonder what the course is like, the shirt, the atmosphere, the people, and of course, will I place in my age group?

Yeah, that’s how I’m feeling right now. I haven’t ever run the Racing for Recovery Rock’tober 10k, 5k +1 Mile Walk before and I’m intrigued by it. Racing for Recovery is a local non profit that offers individuals and their families with the opportunity to participate in one-on-one or group counseling, free support group meetings that are open to anyone affected by addiction, online community support system, fitness gatherings, and Team Racing for Recovery.

Todd Crandell, LPCC LICDC, started Racing for Recovery in 2001 when he found that traditional recovery programs weren’t always enough to help people refocus their lives after addiction. Todd struggled with drugs for 13 years and nearly destroyed his life. Since 1993, he has been clean and sober. During his recovery, he focused on his fitness and decided to train for an Ironman Triathalon. Since that first Ironman, he has completed 28 more and he isn’t slowing down at all.

Supporting such an amazing organization that helps so many affected by addition is one of the best feelings. To think that you can do that by simply running a race? If you want to donate directly to Racing for Recovery, visit this page.

October 22 is almost here and I better get training to hit a great 10k time!

 

Happy Belated Birthday to This Old Lady

That’s right, I said Happy Birthday to myself because why the hell not?

So, when your new job duties include being on your computer all day, it is hard to want to be on your laptop at night. The only time I do crack my laptop at night is to work. I like my new job duties, but they definitely keep me hopping.

In between my working and working and working, I found some time to run a few races of Labor Day weekend. Labor Day? Yeah, I’m just catching up from two weeks ago.

Chad and I ran in the Boy Scout Half Marathon & 5k. We ran the Tenderfoot 5k. The weather was perfect for running and Chad ended up with a new PR. I did not PR at all. Not even close. I haven’t run in quite some time and knew I wouldn’t be at my best. But, I always love a good run for fun! As a Run Toledo Ambassador, I was able to rep them with my swanky new ambassador shirt.

The very next day we ran in the Olander 24 Hour Ultra Run. This was an experience for sure! There are two ways to participate in the run; as an individual and as a team. The goal is to run as many laps around Olander Park as possible. Each lap is 1.091 miles. Imagine damn near 24 hours of running. Wow, right?
The winning individual ran 110 laps which equals out to 120.07 miles. The winning team ran 149.9 laps which equals 163.62 miles. The team I was on, Candu Run Run, finished with 146.61 laps which equals 160.02 miles. We were SO damn close to winning.

I’ve been keeping up with the gym (and not running as I should) and since Chad and I moved in together, I don’t live next to the Maumee River. Crazy sad because I love living near the water, but I remembered that there is an amazing park that I love to visit, Bo loved it too.

I celebrated my 36th birthday last week and which I loathe getting older, it isn’t getting to me…too much. The number ‘6’ behind the the 3 is hard to read to be honest with you. Time is slipping past me and I can’t handle it sometimes.

Look at this amazing cake that Chad got for me. I have never had my picture on a cake and this was awesome. I have had my fill of cake for a little while. HA, lies! Anyone who knows me knows that I can eat cake every damn day! But I don’t because my ass is the size of Ohio otherwise. Chad made this a fantastic day for me and I’m thankful I have him in my life to do all the things with me. 

I have a ton of races on my calendar this fall and I’m going to be around more in an annoyingly fun way.
Happy Running & Lifting!

Run Toledo Ambassador

I started running in late 2010 and I didn’t know how much it would affect my life. I ran my first half marathon in April 2011 (Owens Corning Half Marathon) and my first marathon in April 2012 (Glass City Marathon). Since then I’ve run the half marathon again, the 5k twice, and attempted the marathon once. I really love this race and everything that it stands for.

I wanted to get more involved with the Glass City Marathon and started the Ambassador program. The 2018 race will be the fifth year of Ambassadors and will be the best one yet. Having a small hand in helping the Toledo community is such an amazing feeling.

I am now lucky enough to be able to help with Run Toledo, a great race management company who run the best running/duathon/triathon events. I have run many of their races, but haven’t yet dipped into the du’s and tri’s. (see what I did there?!)
I’ll be hanging out at a lot of these events and I look forward to seeing you there.
#iRunToledo

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?