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.

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…

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!