The Glass City Marathon in Toledo, Ohio is on a Sunday. The husband and I ran the 5K, but a half-marathon, full marathon and marathon relay are also offered. Initially, if you recall I had signed up in December to run the half-marathon but then downgraded to the 5K due to my foot injury.
We hit up the expo on Saturday which was ongoing for eight hours. I liked that the expo was an all-day affair because it helped disperse the crowds. We had no problems parking and were easily able to visit booths and tables and not feel too cramped. At the expo the husband and I had our cholesterol levels checked for free by the University of Toledo medical students. We are both healthy. We also hit up several booths for swag.
And we each purchased a new running shirt. They were two for $25 which was a pretty good deal to me. I went with a Brooks (My first) running tech tee with a small pocket on the left side. Our race shirts, however, were cotton. And if you look closely this shirt clearly states I ran the marathon. We stayed with family so we didn’t have to pay for a hotel. We spent the rest of the day visiting and shopping while we were in town.
I made it out alive. Always good, especially when there are 1,000+ runners. If you make one false move you can and will be flattened by the pack. I did a great job on pre-race hydrating. I had no desire to even consider the 1 water stop along the route. The expo was decent. I will say I pictured it being larger than it was, especially considering this marathon is in its 35th year. But I was still happy to walk away with a few freebies. I really liked the free medical screenings too. Great idea.
Post-race fuel: water, bagels w/cream cheese, bananas, beer and pizza. I didn’t have anything but water. Beer and pizza at 8 a.m. is just too much. Finishers mug for all participants. It was pretty cold out. I mean I felt like it took me half the race to even warm up and then as soon as we were done I wanted to get to the car stat. Then the next thing on my mind was an immediate shower to get my bones warmed up. I literally felt like my bones were chilled to the core.
On top of the frigid temps, it was really windy out. Of course, we all know how that can impact race time. (Full of excuses, I know.) I forgot to bring gloves but luckily the husband had two pairs in the car. I wore his fleece man gloves for the race. To be honest I am kinda sad by my time. I knew I would not PR but I was hoping I would do better than I did. In all reality this race felt more like a training run than a race for me.
At the finish line my name was totally not called out. There were hardly any spectators and overall I just felt not much “awe” over the finish set up. 7:15 a.m. race start. In April. I have no idea why this race starts so early. Hills. There were several, including one at the beginning of the race, like .10 mile in. And then another big honker at the end of the race. Of course we got to run down that hill then but my ITB was screaming bloody murder at me by that time.
Overall I would run the Glass City 5K again if I was doing the half or the full. For a 5K race I would not run it again simply because this is a four hour round trip drive for me and the husband and because it was about $25 each (early registration) for the 5K which is a bit pricey for my tastes. If I were already in town or living close by I would consider it again.