Marathon #13 for me!! After all of the training, race day finally arrived. But first, a few other things going on pre-race…

Friday – Volunteer duty! Friday night we helped out at packet pickup. The shift we worked was not overly crazy busy, so luckily it wasn’t an exhausting task. Just busy enough to be a good time!

Saturday – 5K “shakeout” run! I ran the Glass City Savage 5K with my training friend. It was nice to chat with her because it’s been a few weeks since we last ran together. We finished in exactly 29:00 mins (both of us)!

Saturday night we went to dinner with our friends from out of town. We were hosting 3 people at our house for the race, and by the time dinner ended we had one more! I’m not really much of a hostess, and was stressing it, but the whole arrangement worked out quite well. We hung out for a few hours, then by 9:00pm everyone wanted to get going on their pre-race night time routines and were mostly all in bed by 10pm. I actually slept quite well!

Sunday morning – I woke up at 4:45am because we were planning on leaving the house around 5:30 – 5:45am. Race start was 7:00am and I didn’t want to be scurrying around for a parking spot. The weather forecast had changed a lot over the past few days and went from snow in the morning (!) to rain. The rain was still drizzly by the time we left… late… around 5:50am. The temperature was 43, feels like 39 due to some winds. Looking pretty crappy out there! I stuck with my decision to wear capris (knickers!) and my Run Toledo singlet with a short sleeve shirt under it. I also had throw away gloves, and a headband to warm my ears. Look how well my arm warmers matched my earbuds and my Run Gum 🙂

The campus was already starting to shut down parking lots by the time we arrived, and I was cursing myself for not leaving prior to 5:45am. I was a tad stressed! I had a half a bagel with cream cheese and salt before I left, and a Nutrigrain bar as I looked for a parking spot.

Eventually we found something and made our way over to the start area in our warm up/throw away clothes. Bag drop was right by the start line. Perfect!

Based on my predicted finish time, I ended up in corral C – which surprised me that I wasn’t in B at least. My bad, I didn’t move up to the front of corral C and I got stuck behind a lot of slower people and a few walkers! I did a lot of dodging and passing that first mile. At least it kept me from going out too fast in the first mile. Mile 1 = 9:31

My goal paces were “best day ever = 8:51, PR & BQ”, “8:54 BQ”, and “9:09 sub 4 hrs”. My early miles felt good and I was just running by feel. I didn’t feel like I was pushing it, and I didn’t slow down either. Miles 2-11 8:50, 8:42, 8:50, 8:37, 8:45, 8:49, 8:46, 8:53, 8:55, 8:58.

By now the sun had come out and it was a beautiful sunny cool day! Amazing! Not too hot, and the wind wasn’t an issue. So glad I had sunglasses and I ditched my arm warmers.

By mile 12 we hit a few “hills”. I know my husband will laugh at this, but even though Glass City is a “flat” course, it does have some incline sections, and for a person who hasn’t trained on any hills like me, it was tiring!! My pace was starting to slip as I got near the half mark. Mile 12, 9:09.

I knew my PR goal was slipping fast from the radar, so I was just trying to think sub 4 hrs at this point. Also starting to get those familiar sore hamstrings and glutes! I was fading with each mile. Miles 13-19 9:17, 9:14, 9:16, 9:17, 9:30, 9:40, 9:49

By mile 20 I was getting super sore and decided to walk a bit, but made it a fast walk. My calves were also super tight! I’m not sure what that was all about because I have never had calf cramping or other issues. It’s always something, right? I just needed to keep moving and this thing finished now!! Miles 20- 10:09, 10:29, 10:40, 10:42, 10:48.

At mile 21 I was surprised when I saw my friend who recently had a mastectomy because of breast cancer. She was a speedy fast runner before her surgery and is just itching to get back at it. As I gave her a hug and told her how rough it was going for me and I didn’t think I was going to get a sub 4 hr race, she told me “I wish I was running!!!”. Man, that choked me up. She’s such an inspiration to me! Keep on going!!

Mile 25 had hit a slowest pace of 11:13. I was dying out there! Even by the time I was told I had a .5 miles left, I still needed to do walk/run. Ouch!

Finally, I turned the corner of Savage hall, which luckily happens to be downhill. Then I see all of my friends at Rally Row, the cheering section at mile 26 and I could hear them screaming! Only a short (but really loooooong) .2 miles left as I entered the Glass Bowl stadium for the finish on the 50 yard line. No time for stopping now – everyone was watching! haha (finish line picture from last year… just wanted to you to see how cool the finish chute is!!)

Finish time: 4:10:47. Not even close to what I was hoping for today, but I’m not disappointed. I think it reflects my most recent long runs so expecting more would have been a great surprise day for sure! I got to see so many of my friends and they cheered my on at places all over the course.

Here’s a 1 second clip of my finish!: (no really, it’s one second long!)

Shortly after I finished I ran into the my training partner. I hadn’t seen her all morning! Ironically, her time was only a minute slower than mine. Neither of us got our BQ, but she got a 10 minute PR. Woohoo!

So there you have it, another Glass City Marathon is done! This is my 8th year running either the half or the full. As you tell, I love my home town race! I bet you would too 🙂

As for a final analysis of my race – was I bummed I didn’t get my goal time? Not really. I feel like it was a decent representation of my fitness level now. My last long runs weren’t stellar, and there was room for improvement. As with any race, I’ve learned things. I know what worked – clothes, fueling (took a GU at mile 7, 13, 20). I need to continue building my strength and endurance. Not too bad after taking a few years off from marathoning!

Q: Would you put your name on a personalized bib, or a special saying?

At the expo I heard one lady registered her husband for a race and put “My wife is hot” on his bib. Hilarious!!!!

Q: Do you like to stick with a pacing plan for a race or just go by feel, or HR?

Q: Do you like being a host (dinners or having people stay at your house)?

22 thoughts on “Glass City Marathon 2019 race recap”
  1. I’m sorry you didn’t meet your goals — even when we know it’s unlikely, it’s still a bummer. I personally think anyone who runs a marathon is a rockstar!

    I actually enjoy entertaining, although I don’t do it much. The biggest problem for me is the cleaning. Not much of a housekeeper.

    1. I always take this time of year to do some spring cleaning… well, I think about spring cleaning and never really do it. This year I actually have tackled a few items I’ve been putting off so that’s a win!!
      This is probably the first marathon that I’ve missed my goal and haven’t been sad about it! It was still an accomplishment – and there’s always something to be learned when you don’t hit your goal. Take pride in the whole process 🙂

      1. I was doing a lot of decluttering before I got sick back in April. I joked with my husband that clearly cleaning makes me sick.

        There is always something to learn from every race, good or bad.

  2. As much as I know it’s a valuable tool, I do not use my Garmin for pacing. I have always run by feel, and that’s what my mind and body know. That said, I know the feeling (all too well LOL) when the pacing starts to get away from you and you just can’t get it back. I’ve had a few marathons that (at the time) felt so much harder than they should have…but I’ve always been able to reflect on the actual accomplishment of doing a marathon, and that usually cancels out any (or most) disappointment. Like you, I have learned from each marathon (and most other races as well), and I think that’s valuable. We keep going back for more, right? Congrats on another 26.2 finish line!!

    1. It’s the worse when the pacers pass you by and as much as you want to keep up with them, they just keep on going!! 😉 One thing I missed was I didn’t even have the “accumulated time” on my watch, so I didn’t know what my finish time was going to be. I did have an “estimated finish time” app running on it though, and sure enough it was spot on when I finished. I know it’s just a math thing, but that always amazes me!

  3. Congrats on gutting it out to the finish! I do love that finish chute and I can see why you run this race every year. It’s how I feel about the Chicago Marathon (altho that’s out for me now) and that CARA Lakefront 10 miler I run every year.

  4. Congratulations on sticking it out. It sounds like a well-organized race though- did you like it?

    Glad you’re happy with your performance, time to enjoy a little R&R!

    1. Oh, I truly love this race! It’s not just because I’m on the Glass City Marathon pre-race road marking crew either 🙂 I think it’s really well organized and our community really comes out to support it.

  5. Congratulations on your race and well done for sticking to it when things got tough. I wonder if the inclines were what tightened your calves up. I always try to run more up than the actual marathon will have but I fear I haven’t done that this time for mine. I love that you saw friends along the way and yes, that finish funnel is amazing! Well done, a lovely read, as well. ANd well done to your training partner on her good run, too!

    1. The tight calves were the weirdest thing for me. I was going to take a salt capsule before the race, which I usually do “just because it can’t hurt”, but I didn’t. The only time I take the salt is for a race, so maybe that was part of the issue. Also I only used about 1/2 of my water bottle, and the bottle was small. Very funny that I ran into my partner – we should have just ran together instead of having our own race day plans!!

  6. i know I’m late reading your recap but just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS! sounds like you did have a really good race, even if it was a bit challenging and you had to walk a bit. I love that you can see what worked and be realistic about your time. And to be honest, to me, personally it’s a GREAT time. OK you didn’t hit your goal, but I know a lot of people who would love to run this kind of race!

    what is up next???

    I tried to run by pace in January and February but those were short distance races and I was trying to PR before my surgery. when it comes to marathons though… I’ve never been able to get under 5 hours so pacing usually goes out the window by the halfway mark.

    1. Thanks! I really was quite content with my finish time, and proud of getting it done! Then I thought about what I would tell my non-running coworkers when they ask me how it went. Instead of telling them I missed my goal by a lot, I just told them my time, it went well, and told them it was a beautiful race day. It’s really just the way that you look at it! And they wouldn’t know the difference between a 3 hr race and a 6 hour race 🙂
      I may have already started in on the first week of training for my fall marathon. teeheehee

      1. I can’t even run yet and I already plugged in my training plan for Chicago in Garmin connect… haha!! When is your fall marathon?

  7. Oh that’s an awesome finish line.
    I don’t think I’d want to host folks right before a big event. I have some friends stay with me on occasion but as I live in a 5F walkup and only have a futon in my living room, it cuts down on the asks. A friend & former colleague stayed with me ahead of a race that was closer to my place than his, but he didn’t need hosted.
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    1. This is the first time we’ve ever hosted an overnight guest… and we’ve been married for 26 years! It was really such an easy gig – I’m relieved it was!

  8. Congrats on a strong race, Lisa! I started crying reading about how you saw your friend and she said she wished she was running. We all have so much to be thankful for, even in the throes of marathon pain! That is a pretty cool finish line! I always admire how you and your family volunteer and give back to the running community.

    Omg “My wife is hot” that is sooooo hilarious! I would put “My cat is beautiful and smart” on my bib hahahaha. I do like hosting! I don’t host overnight people but I host my parents and friends for casual dinners and then of course game nights. I am the game night hostess with the mostess. When I am racing with a goal, I do stick to the paces. It’s a bit obsessive!

    1. My friend sure did choke me up. I really admire her strength. I hope she is back to running in the fall like she hopes.
      I KNOW you are the best hostess! Your game nights sound like so much fun.

  9. Looks like a fun race on what turned out to be a beautiful day! Congrats
    When I cared about PRs I’d pick a goal pace for marathons and try to hang on. Nowadays I run by feel and have fun with whatever the day brings.
    I don’t entertain that much. I have my extended family pretty often and that’s fine but I’m totally stressing over this grad party I’ve got coming up. More people than I’m comfortable with plus the weather is a total crapshoot.

  10. Congrats on finishing your 13th marathon! I’m sorry you didn’t hit your goal, but happy had a good race and had fun with your friends. Like you, I love repeating local favorite races. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon ten times. It’s a great one!

    To answer your question, yes, I love hosting parties (as you read in my most recent blog post). In fact, we’re already planning two more, both running related!
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