Amy’s Race Report: Glass City Half Marathon


A – 1:40:00

B – 1:48:00

C – 1:45:00


Starting around November of 2017, I began to think seriously about running a marathon in 2018. A key milestone leading to that goal was to run a half marathon in the spring. Well, that spring half was this past Sunday. I am happy to say up front that I met some of my goals in this race and am moving forward on my plan for running a marathon this year! 🙂


I focused on the 5k distance during the fall and spent December continuing to build my base mileage. By the end of December, I was up to about 20-25 miles per week. Anissa designed a training plan for me that began 14 weeks before the race. The idea was that it would basically be a 12-week plan but have some wiggle room in case anything interfered with my training (spoiler alert, things interfered).

This training cycle peaked just over 30 miles per week and included at least one workout per week. I also mixed in some weight training, yoga, and rehab/prehab exercises when I could. There were a couple of times when I was sick or Clementine was and it interfered with my training. I missed a 10-mile progression run pretty close to the week of the race, which I was kind of disappointed about. Luckily I was able to work around that anyway though.

I drove down to Toledo on Saturday to pick up my race packet and check out the expo. Then on Sunday morning, I arrived with only about 20 minutes to spare. I really wanted to get there like an hour early, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. I drank a whole bottle of water on the drive down and I had to go to the bathroom before I could get into the starting corral. Unfortunately, so did 200 other people! I waited in line for a while, then finally had a turn to get into a port-a-potty. I ran to the starting line while the national anthem was being sung. Talk about cutting it close!

The crowd support at the race was amazing! I was having so much fun that I had a smile on my face for at least the first 9 miles. I was planning to run at a pace of 8:00/mile but was actually going a little too fast. My first 7 miles were all under 8 minutes per mile. I could see that I was going too fast, but I felt pretty good and kept getting pumped up when I saw my sister and her husband cheering me on. And I got excited when I ran past the various course entertainment.

I knew that the long stretch along Dorr St toward the end of the race (miles 10-12) would be tricky. It was close to the end and crowds were shifting over to stadium to see the finish, so the crowd support was a little thinner at that point. Also, that is such a long, straight, and slightly uphill stretch of road! It felt like it was going on forever.

After I made the turn onto Douglas Rd, I caught up with the 1:45 pacing team. This was two guys who were passing a sign back and forth and calling out encouragement along the run. Their support helped me find the motivation to pick up my pace for the last 2 miles.

The finish line was in the Glass Bowl stadium, where the University of Toledo football team plays. It was pretty exciting to go around the corner, up the ramp, and through the entrance into the stadium. There was an announcer who called out people’s names (I heard my name!) as they crossed the finish. In the post-race party, I had pizza, a cookie, and some fruit, I had a short massage (omg, so perfect), and found out my results.

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My time was 1:44:21, and I got 25th in my age group. Pretty pleased with that 🙂


I got a little carried away with the excitement of the event, so I want to run another half pretty soon with a more clear racing strategy. The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon is coming up in a few weeks and has a half-marathon option. I think I’ll do this one with a stricter control on 8:00/mile pacing.

After that, a 2-week break and then the beginning of marathon training!

5 Months of 5k Evolution

Hey everyone, Assistant Coach Amy here. Today I’m writing about how my 5 kilometer races have improved over the past 5 months, with the help of Coach Anissa’s guidance.

Leading up to Run Scream Run, a Halloween themed 5k at Wiard’s Orchard in Ypsilanti, I followed an 8-week training plan that I found online. The beginner program was pretty good for me, and as this was my first 5k, I was just happy to have something to follow. I nervously showed up to the race super early, watching other runners warm up and admiring the plethora of Halloween costumes. When it was finally time to start, I was a cold bundle of nerves. I took off way faster than I should have and just set a goal to survive! I almost walked at one point, but managed to stay focused on running. In the end, I squeaked in under 25 minutes with a time of 24:59.9. I was thrilled with this time and started looking forward to the next race.amy run TT

I talked to Anissa about my program and what kind of progress she thought I could make in a month — I wanted to prepare for a Turkey Trot in November. She excitedly told me that if I incorporated some speedwork into my week and increase my running to 4 days per week (up from 2-3), I might be able to get down to 22:xx. I was skeptical but went with her suggestions.

5 weeks later, I dragged my husband and baby to another race. This time it was like 12 degrees outside and we were all freezing. Luckily, there was a heated brick building at the park so we were able to stay warm before the race. My strategy this time was to go as fast as I could for the first mile and then try to maintain that for as long as possible. And not die. It was HARD. I got off to a fast start, stayed with the 22-minute pacer (there were pacers!) for the first half of the race, and then ran into some difficulties. The route was hard for observers to access, so it ended up being pretty and peaceful on the back half of the course. This was nice, but I was really relying on the pep of people with cowbells and smiling faces. With freezing hands, I waved to the photographer and smiled (and my face was so cold that I wasn’t actually sure if it looked like I smiled), and got a pretty good picture. I finished this race with a time of 23:42. I shaved off more than a minute in only a month of training!143009-062-002h

I planned on running another race in December, but ended up with travel plans and family visits that interfered. So, my next holiday themed race happened in March 2018, at the Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5k. Again, my preparation for this race included a lot of guidance and support from Anissa! Starting in January, we upped my training to 5 days per week, including speedwork, weights, and injury prevention exercises.

I have really got to plan ahead with the costumes — there were tons of people dressed up at this race! I knew it was going to be a tough course with a long hill and several shorter hills. Even so, I was hoping for a new PB. Luckily, I like to work hard on a hill, so I was able to pass a lot of people who might have been more psyched out by the hills. I pushed myself so hard throughout the race that I didn’t have anything left in the tank for a kick at the end. The end was the end for me. I finished in 22:52, which ended up being 1st in my age group (what!!).amy run sham

I’m amazed and excited with my progress over these past 5 months!