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?

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?