16 weeks of training has come to an end! The Glass City Marathon happened on April 25th and it was a successful, safe return to marathoning! It was a busy week (like always!) leading up to race day. I’m always happy to help out at the race expo/packet pickup, and this year was no different. It’s a great way to burn off the taper crazies and get psyched up for the race at the same time! 44 miles this week, and here’s what happened….

Mon – Run the 419 day! 4.19 miles in honor of our 419 area code. In my efforts to get acclimated to an early race start time (6:30am), I ran outside today.  This was a pace mile run and it went decent.  I’m a little more sore (glutes) than I’d prefer, but I’ll be continuing with the PT exercises and using my Theragun to work it out!

Tues – 5.3 birthday miles!  Another dark run around my neighborhood which started with little drips of rain and ended with sputters of white stuff!  By the next day our street looked beautiful!

I am excited that I got an inflatable kayak for my birthday!  I looking forward to using this a lot this summer.  My daughter and her boyfriend made my cake, and I got some beautiful flowers too.

Weds – 4 miles, “track night”.  We met at a pond with a path around it for this workout.  It was 16 x 200s.  I’ve never done this workout on the plan, so it was new to me.  I only had one person running with me in the back!  Everyone else wanted to be speedy.  No thanks, I don’t need to be pulling a muscle at this point!  We went out for a drink afterwards.  Fun team bonding!

Thurs –  Rest day!  I helped out at race packet pickup.  We set up the area.  I always love to see all of the work that goes into a race and this was a new job for us.   We got to inflate the Toledo Roadrunners arch (our first time!).

Fri – 4 miles.  I know, I know, this pace doesn’t look like an “easy shakeout” run, but it was a wonderful morning and I was just running how I felt.  And hooray, it felt great!  Garmin even gave me a “Productive” status so I was thrilled about that. 

I was at packet pickup and helped out in the Dave’s Running shop with the race merch.  This was pretty much the only merchant at the “race expo”, because you know, COVID. They had all the gear though. So many shirt designs!  This is just one of 8 tables of shirts I folded. A really nice touch was a thank you note we received for volunteering.

Sat –  Rest day!  My only exercise was housework and running errands and assembling my race gear!

Sun – Race day!!!  Marathon #15 is done!! I didn’t meet my A goal, but overall it was a decent race.  Well, it was a decent pace overall, but my pacing strategy sucked and I paid for it!  🙂  Race recap coming up on Tuesday!

Need some more inspiration? I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Check out all of the fun blogs there!

32 thoughts on “Weekly Workouts – GCM race week!!”
  1. Huge congratulations on marathon #15! It sounds like it was a fun day. Congrats to your husband too! So great that you both love distance running.

    Glass City sounds like it should have been choice for Ohio- I did Flying Pig and did not have a strong race! (HOT that day.)

    Love your birthday gift! That will be fun for all!

  2. Congratulations on not only training for, but completing another marathon despite all the craziness of the past year! I can’t wait to read your recap on Tuesday 🙂

    Also, happy belated birthday!

  3. Argh….you’re leaving me hanging LOL Congrats on #15! Your finish time (via Insta) is amazing! I love your race outfit, too (and, we all know how important that is). I’ve probably said this before, but it’s so great that you volunteer so much…such a valuable contribution 😉

  4. Well this was a teaser! I can’t wait for the race recap!!! Seriously, congratulations- it sounds like a great week and great race. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it!
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  5. Yes Yes Yes!!! Congrats on your race!!!!!! I can’t wait to read your recap. One of my friends ran and got his first sub 3! It’s a goal he’s been chasing for years and today was his day.

    Happy B-Day! We have a non-inflatable kayak and it would be nice to get an inflatable so that the four of us could go kayaking together. Hmmm…but my stepson and I have birthdays next month so….
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    1. That’s so great that your friend got his sub 3 at our race!! He is from your area?
      I figured we would get another kayak if this one works out. They were sold out for a lot of the summer last year so made sure to put it on my birthday wish list!

  6. A belated happy birthday.

    Congrats on a live race and #15 Marathon.

    Can’t wait to hear the details.

  7. Happy birthday (what fun gifts & a great looking cake) & congrats on your 15th marathon! That’s amazing.

    Sorry it didn’t go as you planned, but if you cross the finish line of a marathon, no matter how long it takes, that’s worthy of celebration!

  8. Oh, goodness! Congratulations and happy birthday! I love your kayak and I’m so glad your marathon went well! That’s just so wonderrful!

    I can’t wait to read all about it!

    1. Your coach ran Glass City half? yay! I thought the whole event worked out well, especially with the all of the restrictions and changes they needed to make.

    2. Oh no – I just read something about some half marathoners getting sent the wrong direction on the course. I hope she wasn’t one of them 🙁 That sucks when things like that happen.

    1. I’m not a big fan of short sprints, but it was great to be in a new location. That park was the location of a 24 hour relay, and the triathlons I did a few years ago. It sure brought back some good memories!

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