Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon – Two weeks to go! A few tips!


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Two Weeks to Go! A few tips!

Well, just two weeks to go until the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon! It’s hard to believe, it seems that just yesterday we were out running in long pants and avoiding the icy spots, and now we are starting our tapers. We’ve run our last twenty miler (or 10 miler if we are running the half), and we are anxiously hoping for a cool, clear morning for race day.

Here’s a few tips to keep in mind for the day of the race (some from experience and some from much more experienced runners).

1. Don’t go out too fast – as good as you feel on the morning of the race, stay on pace. Whatever pace you trained for, stick to it! If you trained for 9 minute miles, plan to run 9 minute miles, despite how good you feel after the taper, stick to your plan.

2. Don’t try anything new – it’s not the time to switch to new shoes, try a new flavor of gel, or anything else that you haven’t trained with.

3. Take it serious – this one comes from experience! Yes, you may have a number of runs under your belt, perhaps you are a veteran marathoner, or this is your fourteenth half marathon, but stick to what you know, and what has worked for you in the past. I have to remind myself, don’t get cocky! I personally have made the mistake of thinking, I’ve got this, no need to worry, just to get humbled on race day.

4. Get plenty of rest the week before – This is no joke, get as much sleep as you can, especially two nights before the race. All of us will be tossing and turning with the race-jitters on Saturday night, so Friday is especially important. Go to bed early, sleep in Saturday, get as much rest as you can.

5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! – Got that? I just ran a marathon and it happened to be our first 70-degree day. This greatly affected everyone out there, we’ve all been training in the freezing cold, as a matter of fact, just two weeks ago, we were still avoiding the ice on the road and running in multiple layers. Suddenly, and very suddenly, we are running in shorts and t-shirts. Unless you are coming in from out of town, you haven’t been training for this. I bonked early and found myself completely de-hydrated at the end. It’s very important to get as many fluids and electrolytes in your system for the couple of days before the race. Drink, drink, drink.

6.Don’t just pass the water station – Grab a cup! Those water stations are there for a reason. Your body needs the fluid and the electrolytes. No matter how good you feel, grab a cup of water, or sports drink, and get in as much as you can, otherwise you will regret it later.

7. Plan to get there early – you will be stressed out enough with race morning jitters, no need to add to the stress by not giving yourself enough time to deal with the crowds or the unexpected traffic.

8. Have Fun! – This is one that we must all remember. You are blessed with the ability to be out there. No matter what happens, if you don’t hit your PR, if you just miss that Boston Qualifier, if your best friend squeaks out the win at the last minute, keep everything in perspective and count your blessings. You just did something that very few people do! You are amazing! You are a runner! Celebrate in the day, the moment, the crowd, no matter the outcome!

So, enjoy your tapers, get some rest, and hydrate up. I’ll see you at the start!



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Exactly 4 weeks to Glass City!

Well, it’s been a long, very hard, winter of training, but there is hope.  Yep, I can smell it in the air.  Despite the warnings for another winter storm this week, spring is coming!

I hope that all of you have been able to get in your training, whether it’s been outside, like much of mine, or inside on the “dreadmill.” 

Believe it or not, it’s just four weeks to the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon.  Hopefully you are already signed up for your race, because as of this morning, this is the official tabulation:

Half Marathon — Sold Out

Charity Half Marathon —  10 spots remain

5-Person Relay — Sold Out

Marathon — 50% sold

5K — 45% sold

Kids Marathon — 15% sold 

If you aren’t, sign up now!  Regular registration ends in two days.

I’ll be down there with a group of people that are all in for the half marathon. Some of us are looking for a PR, and some are looking just to finish our first half.

I hope to meet many of you at the EXPO as you pick up your packages!






The Winners!


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So, Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon is proud to announce two more winners of the free entry.

First we have Jeffrey.

Jeffrey is a 38-year-old married father of 2 young boys living in a college town just South of Toledo.  He has a passion, which his wife calls an obsession, for running ever since his first marathon in 2010.  He has done a handful of marathons, but this will be his first time running Glass City.  He also ran alongside his wife in her first, and she says only, marathon last year and also loves running with his kids.  He will be running the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon as well as participating in the relay this year under the team name “4 Dudes & A Dame” with the other members being his Dad, wife, and two sons.

Congrats Jeffrey, good luck and enjoy.

Our second winner was Renu.

Renu is a stay at home mom of 2 young children.  She lives in southeastern Michigan.  She has been running on and off most of her adult life.  She loves to run to stay fit and have fun.  Although she claims to be a slow runner, she really enjoys running a race or two each year to challenge herself.  She is looking to forward to Glass City on April 27th as it will be her first marathon!

Congrats Renu, good luck and enjoy.



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So, during this weekends long run, which should have been upwards of 19 miles, but ended up an extremely cold 8 miler through downtown Chicago, I was able to decide how to give away the two free entries that I’ve been granted to this year’s race.


To qualify for this free entry it must be your first!  Either your first time running the Medical Mutual Glass City Full Marathon, your first time running the Owens Corning  Half Marathon, or your first 5K.

Like the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon on Facebook and post your reason for wanting to run it

Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 1st.

New Years Resolutions – All Done with one committment!


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It’s that time of year again, when we all make resolutions for the year to come.

Many of mine are the same, just hoping that I keep moving in the right direction J.

Below is a list of Americas’ most common New Year’s goals, according to a Harris poll.

1. Lose weight

2. Improve your finances

3. Exercise

4. Get a new job

5. Eat healthier

6. Manage stress better

7. Stop smoking

8. Improve a relationship

9. Stop procrastinating

10. Set aside time for yourself

Well, looking at all of these, I’m thinking that signing up for the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon can just about cover all ten of them.

1.    Lose weight – running upwards of 50 miles a week will certainly help with that.

2.    Improve your finances – You will be sooo busy running and getting healthy that you won’t have time to spend money.

3.    Exercise – Nuff said!

4.    Get a new job – Maybe not this one!

5.    Eat healthier – Runners tend to eat better, or run so much that it doesn’t matter what they eat!

6.    Manage stress – The run makes all the problems of the world a little easier to deal with.

7.    Stop smoking – most runners don’t smoke, so why not commit to quitting, and sign up for one of the races.

8.    Improve a relationship – your better half will love your new found energy and new, lean physique.

9.    Stop procrastinating – JUST DO IT!

10. Set aside time for yourself – Nothing better than watching the sun rise as you run along.

So, there you go!  Sign up now,

Rates go up on January 1st so make that commitment to yourself today and hit almost all ten of the most popular New Years Resolutions.

See you out there.



And the angel s…

And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'”.

Which Race to Run?


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Which Race to Run?

It’s that time of year.   Yes, of course it’s the Holiday season, but it’s also time to start thinking about which race(s) we are all planning to run this spring. 

 Believe it or not, it’s only 18 weeks until the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon in Toledo, and if you are considering the full marathon, it’s time to ramp it up.   My local group has already started our training program.

 So, let’s review all of the races that Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon has to offer.


 The big daddy of the day, 26.2 miles, and the biggest commitment in terms of how much time is required in training.  I plan on running between 40 to 60 miles when training for a marathon, which depending on your pace, can be a good ten hours or more per week. 

 One interesting caveat, in 2012, Glass City was ranked one of the top 30 Boston Qualifying races, with nearly 17% of Marathoners qualifying to go to the big dance.  So, if you are looking for that perfect Boston Qualifier, give Glass City a try.

 Half Marathon

 This is a popular race and sells out quickly, if you are considering the Half Marathon, sign up early.


Not ready for the half or the full yet?  Jump in on the 5K and be a part of the day.  3.1 miles long and just perfect for those just getting into the running game, looking to set a PR, or just wanting to be a part of the day.

5-Person Marathon Relay

This can be a lot of fun.   Get the family, or the gang at the office, together and sign up for this one.  Each runner runs somewhere between 4.75 and 6.1 miles. 

A team of five runners will complete the entire marathon distance. Each runner will run one leg of varying distance handing off a runners belt containing your scoring chip to the next team member at each relay exchange zone. The course is the same as the marathon course. 

A runner who wants to be part of a relay team and the half marathon or marathon event may do so by acting as the first leg of the relay team and continuing on. The runner is also required to register for the individual event and the 5-Person Marathon Relay.Image

One last thing to keep in mind, prices for Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon go up on January 1st so pick your race and sign up today! 

Black Friday – FREE Marathon Entry!

Free Marathon Entry!

Training 4 Autism - Cleveland Style


Where America comes together in a mad crazy to try to get the best deal on things a) we most likely don’t need b) are only trying to get because of the perceived “great deal” or c) participating in the tribal, cult like, game of bargain hunting.

Well while we are all running around – what better to offer up an opportunity to keep you running right on through APRIL 27th of 2014!

As an Ambassador for the Medical Mutual Full and Owens Corning Half GLASS CITY MARATHON in TOLEDO, OH. I have an opportunity for you to run the event of your choice for free!

Okay – I know you are all thinking a Full Marathon! I said the event of your choice!
• 5k
• Owens Corning Half Marathon
• Relay Marathon
• Medical Mutual Full Marathon

So what is the catch? I thought you would ask…

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