What a day it was!! After 16 weeks of training for this race in the cold temps of Ohio, race day met us with the only 80 degree temps of the year so far! In fact, the weather was snowing on Monday, but by Saturday and Sunday the highs were projected to be 81. Not so great for runners who haven’t acclimated to the heat!

The University of Toledo was a buzz with race excitement all weekend.

We got great swag this year – the marathoners got a jacket and we all got a glass.

Race day started in an unusual way this year. We had to feed our foster kittens! We are fostering 4 kittens who are a little over a week old and require frequent feedings. I feed them at midnight and then we were up at 4am to fed the kittens so we could be out the door at 5:15am. Parking on campus at the University of Toledo was readily available by the time we got there. I was going to meet friends for a picture at 6am, but the more important task of using the porta potty was first!

Here’s my one and only complaint about the race this year… the lack of porta potties at the start! I was in the corral where there were 4 potties. There were other spots in the start area with potties, but I did hear a large number of them were at the finish area. That makes sense, but I waited in line up until the national anthem was played to use one (and I am super thankful I waited!! I needed to go!).

At 6:30ish each corral was moved up to the start line. I did see a 2:00 half pacer, but not the 4:00 pacer. Oh yeah, there were 5 pacers behind me in line for the porta pottie! I later learned that they did not make it to their start corral on time. The 2:00/4:00 pace group was my strategy to keep it slow during the race and not go out too fast. Going into this race I knew the temperatures would not produce an A Goal race, or maybe even a B Goal race, so I tried working with the pace group.

Things were fine with the pace group but by mile 2 I was already sweating. And then the half marathoners split off at mile 10. Then I was all alone on my marathon journey 😐 The heat was already starting to get to me so I slowed my pace. And then… the first of the walk breaks happened!

I was also feeling sore already. My quads were the issue. I think it was a combination of the hilly part of the course and my Endorphin Pros. I know I’ve had sore quads from races before and I might just need more mileage on my race shoes to get used to them (because I train in the Endorphin Speed, which is similar, but not the same).

As you can see from my pace chart, each mile pretty much got slower and slower, with the ratio of run/walk finally turning into walk/sometimes run. By now it was at least 70 degrees out with full sun. I had a water belt with two bottles. On a typical long run I’ll maybe drink half of a bottle, but today, I drank both bottles, refilled twice and also grabbed a big disposable ice cold water bottle from a spectator who just happened to think giving the runners was a good idea. No, it was a GREAT idea!! She pretty much saved my life. My Garmin data reported an average HR of 170 for this race and hit a high of 196! Not sure how accurate my wrist HR is, but I was feeling it!

I did have thoughts back around mile 10 to just take a DNF because this race had “long &*%&^ day” written all over it, but I decided to just trudge through it like everyone else. My quads were on fire, so I didn’t run much, but little by little I made my way to the end. I also saw many of my friends and had some fun conversations along the way. I also ran through at least 3 sprinklers. That was great!!

Finally, I reached the last half mile. I was encouraged by the large crowds to “stay strong”, but oh man, keeping up a run was soooo painful. I finally reached a section called “Rally Row” at mile 26 and saw a big group of my friends cheering for me. I can do it!! All of their smiles kept me running and I hit the finish area. Thankful my legs didn’t give out and made a final sprint (actual pace for the last .2 miles, 11:443 hahaha!!) to the finish. My husband and daughter were at the finish and I saw them before I crossed. It was so great to finally be done!! Finish time 4:40. Alan finished in 4:19. On Strava he named his run “The suckiest sucky run that ever sucked.” LOL!! I guess you are getting the theme of the day by now. I was told that even the elites had walked during this race!

After pictures I headed straight for the beer line and sucked down a cold one. It was fun to share war stories with my friends and celebrate our accomplishment. What a day! I’m not sad that this is my new PW (personal worst) race time. It was one heck of a day and crossing that finish line is always something to celebrate.

I’m really looking forward to my race pictures because around mile 6 I decided to roll up my tank top into a crop top. It’s fair to say my abs really are not in top shape at this time 😉

One very positive thing about this race is that I didn’t have any of the pains I’ve had over the past few years (high hamstring pain, lower abs pain) and heck, even with all of the water I poured on myself I didn’t have one blister or chafing. I’m calling that a huge win!! This leaves me in great condition to regroup and think about a fall marathon. And hey guess what, in the Fall I get an additional 10 mins for my BQ time (4:05 vs 3:55). Hmmmmm, I wonder where I should set my sights for that BQ race?! Decisions, decisions.

We had delicious salty Chinese food for dinner after the race, and the next day we had our traditional “dogs and brew” lunch.

This was my 11th year of running an event at Glass City (6 marathons now, and 5 half marathons). It is also my 16th marathon!

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28 thoughts on “Glass City Marathon 2022 – race recap”
  1. Well, every finish line is a victory. And, I believe every marathon finish line is a conquest! These hard races are mentally draining (not to mention what they do to our bodies), but in the end I’m always grateful to be fit enough to finish and not succumb to a DNF. I don’t always have the revelation immediately, though, LOL. I love how you said you exchanged war stories with your friends! There’s so much strength in numbers…and we all know running friends are The Best. Congrats on #16 😉

  2. Congratulations on sticking with it Lisa! My friend Christie actually opted out of this race as she has a very singular time based goal and is doing a different one in Wisconsin to get her big PR. I’m surprised Toledo was that hot! Insane. Flying Pig is looking a bit warm, but not quite that bad! You definitely found some positives (no chafing is a huge win!)

    Have you thought about Indy? It’s a really fast race with cold weather. I also personally LOVE the Twin Cities Marathon. It has some very small hills, but its one of the best. Richmond is also a good fall one. St. George Utah is a fav. Good luck deciding!

    1. Thanks for the update on Christie! I was looking at the registrations and wondered if she DNSed. That was a wise decision!! I wonder how many of the full pacers made their goal. I know several of them didn’t! The only positive about the heat was that more spectators were out 😆
      Right now I’m thinking about Indy and Erie. My husband is running Erie, and I do love that race, but not sure if the window will be for 2024 BQ. A lot of Toledo people run Indy too, but I’m a little concerned if it will be too cold!

  3. Well done, Lisa! My goodness, what a battle that was!
    Fantastic job on persevering and not giving up.

    Looking at the photo of your final sprint to the finish line, I can actually FEEL the pain and the strong effort you put into it. I lift my shoulders and arms in exactly the same way when I’m really struggling.

    I wonder if you can find out who that spectator was with the ice-cold bottles?

    1. I know – as soon as I saw that picture of my shoulders up so high I cringed! It was so sweet – the lady just carried a case of water out from her house and was like “oh hey, I thought the runners might like some water”. It was the best!! Some one also had little towels which I wrapped around my neck to keep cool. Very thankful of that idea too!

  4. As they say ” celebrate finish lines not finish times!”

    And no blisters or chafing is a plus.

    Sorry this wasn’t the race you had planned. You can’t control the weather…

    But congrats for sticking it out and earning that medal.

    1. I was shocked not to have chafing with so much salt, sweat and water on me! And no blisters crazy. A lot of people were getting sick after the race too. Glad I didn’t have that issue too!

  5. we had the same little heat wave that day and not having time to adjust is an extra challenge. My race was 10 miles and I was thinking how glad I was that it was not a half. As you say, every finish line is something to celebrate and learn from. Way to push through a challenging race!

    1. I think most of the half marathoners at the race had a pretty decent day, but those later hours were a beast! I’m sure there were a lot more runners who switched to the half from the full this year after they saw the weather forecast.

  6. I have had half marathons like this and my mind just boggles about pulling yourself through another half marathon after the first! So go you for finishing!

    Not having any pain is definitely a huge plus.

    I’m really sorry though — I have had quite a few races where the weather threw a hissy fit like this & it just sucks the fun out of the race — for me, anyway. Nice job finishing, again!

    I’m sure the lack of sleep due to the kittens was also a factor, but bless you for doing that.

    1. I figured I should save my first DNF for a condition like an injury instead of just not enjoy the weather! At least everyone was in the same situation, so it made it easier to keep on going.

    1. With a bump in my qualifying time I do have a new ray of hope in that BQ. Now I just need to pick the perfect race. I need all of the help I can get!

  7. Totally agree with Kim – every finish line is a victory, even if the race doesn’t go as planned. So sorry that you had to deal with crappy weather but you totally persevered and I hope you are proud of yourself!!!

  8. Sometimes, just finishing is winning! I feel like every time I’ve run Chicago, it’s been warm. The last time I ran it, I was on pace for a BQ and then at mile 14, everything went south. I did what I could to finish proudly. No shame in that game. The heat is definitely a run killer. You did well just moving forward. And you had fun. That’s always the best. Great job!

  9. First off, not sure how I missed seeing this post until today! i love race recaps, and this was a good one!
    Sorry the weather didn’t cooperate, but it was a real experience, and not all bad. You completed a marathon and had no pains from your old injuries- that’s a better outcome than a PR and your abs or hamstring flaring up. I love Alan’s strava name for this run- you’ll definitely be remembering this one for a while!
    Like you said, you can regroup and look for a fall marathon. In the meantime you have important work to do, taking care of the kitties! Hope you’re getting in some rest too.

    1. This was such a crazy race day. Who would have guessed it was going to be 80 degrees in April! I agree – it was a great thing that I didn’t have any of the old pains rearing their ugly heads! I do have a few weeks to figure out which fall marathon I’d like to do. And hopefully. the weather will cooperate then!!

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