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)?