The Glass City Half and Full Marathon have been on my radar for some time now. It is a smaller race, flat course, not far from Cleveland and starts and ends at my real Alma Mater, The University of Toledo!
This year, one of my BFF’s from college was running it so it was a no brainer to sign up…..or maybe she peer pressured me….even though I didn’t need it 😉
Since the course is so flat I was counting on a huge PR. Training was going really well up until lately (stupid IT band) but was still hoping I could pull it off. Goal time was 1:39:59 which would be a little over a minute PR.
Saturday morning I drove out to Toledo and was excited to be back on campus…even if it made me feel a little old. The Glass City Marathon is a smaller race but they do still have an expo. A very small expo, but they still had some cool stuff. Below the white shirt is what they gave us in our packet pick-up bag and the pink one I bought (it was the 2nd last one!).
I was a little upset that the white shirt said marathon on it and I was only running the half. I don’t want people to think I was running the full when I wasn’t. I assumed they just made one shirt for everyone, which I was fine with. But the full marathoners got a green shirt. So if they went through the trouble to make the marathon and half marathon shirts different colors then why not have the white shirts printed with the word “half marathon”. Just saying. End Rant.
Sunday morning, I woke up and ate 3/4 of a powerbar. I need to remember to wake up in the middle of the night to eat before a race. Nerves and a small stomach make it hard to eat the morning before a race. I also went pee, twice, because I learned the hard way how running a race while having to pee will go.
I thought I left with enough time to get to the course and get a warm up in but hit some traffic on the way, stopped at the restroom and before I knew it I was out of time, no warm up, just headed straight to the starting line. I ran into Bill Roddy at the start and officially met in person. He ended up running a sub 3:30 marathon on Sunday! Way to go!
Oh, did I mention how cold it was? I was freezing! There was a little wind, nothing major but it was really chilly. I was shivering pretty bad at the starting line. Still ran in my pink running skirt though.
Nerves were through the roof for this one. Couldn’t wait for the race to start. When it finally did, I was so excited to run. About a quarter into the race I could feel my IT band already tight 😦 I told myself to slow the pace down and if it got worse I had to pull out of the race, no reason to make it worse. Luckily, it warmed up and didn’t hurt too bad but was still nagging.
I ran the first 5 miles just under a 7:30 pace. Just before mile 6 there is a slight hill, nothing big but slowed my pace a bit for that one. After that the miles seemed to fly by. I don’t want to say the course is boring but there is little crowd support (actually way more than I expected) but you run through the nice parts of Toledo and where the mansions are so there’s fun stuff to look at.
At mile 10 Ryan jumped in to pace me to the finish. Sadly, by then I wanted to puke and wasn’t much fun to run with. Pretty sure I said “give me my head phones and no talking” or something like that. Pretty sure he was still talking to me and I couldn’t hear him (sorry). We barreled through the last 3 miles somewhere between a 7:55-8 min pace. Not bad for wanting to puke the whole time. The last miles are on the bike path, which most runners probably thought was boring but I used to run there all the time in college so it was nice to run on it again.
Before I knew it the bike path was reaching the University and I knew exactly how far we had to go and was almost done!!! I would have loved to have picked it up but held onto my pace. Last mile had a lot of wind in it but I didn’t let that bother me. Zig Zagged through some parking lots and before I knew it I was entering the Glass Bowl Stadium and crossing the finish line that ended on the football field. Official Finishing time: 1:42:11 a 7:47 pace and 8th in my age group. No PR, no goal time but still finished and happy with my time (only 20 secs off my PR).
Overall, this is a good race. I would love to come back and do the full one day. It is a flat course so it would be perfect for a PR.
If you need another reason to run, Toft’s Ice Cream is kinda on the way home. Or should I say, on the way home if you are heading from Toledo to Cleveland. This is their small cone!