Glass City (Toledo) Owens Corning™️ Half-Marathon

Glass City (Toledo) Owens Corning Half-Marathon

I got the chance to run the Glass City (Toledo) Owens Corning™️ Half-Marathon this weekend. It was a pretty decent race for me, but honestly nothing special on the personal level. That being said, the weekend was very special because of what it meant for a couple friends of mine.

Jason was training for the Glass City (Toledo) Owens Corning™️ Half-Marathon in 2018, when he started experiencing some health problems. He ended up watching that race from the sidelines, and for the next couple of years it seemed like he might never be able to manage any sustained running again. Fortunately, eventually, he was able to work with doctors and physical therapists to build back up, gradually. And this year, he finally felt ready to try training for a half-marathon again. A Redemption Run, if you will. We got to do a lot of training runs together. And even though I didn’t run the race alongside him, it was really meaningful to have him back with our group for a special race weekend.

Glass City (Toledo) Owens Corning Half-Marathon

Why didn’t I run with Jason, you might ask? Well, I got the chance to help pace another friend, Grace Leuenberger, for the first 9.5 of her 26.2 miles in which she qualified for the Boston Marathon by a pretty wide margin! She ran an incredibly strong race (especially in the second half, without me). And it felt special to be some small part in helping her meet (and exceed) her goal.

Glass City (Toledo) Owens Corning Half-Marathon

Two other friends, Mark and Brooke, were also a part of this race weekend — and I’m really glad that we all got to share so many of these experiences together. I ended up crossing the finish line in 1 hour, 42 minutes, and 58 seconds: the 9th-fastest half-marathon I’ve completed and the 24th half-marathon overall that I’ve been privileged to run. It’s a fun hobby that has served me well, boosting general health and happiness — and doing it together with friends.

Glass City (Toledo) Owens Corning Half-Marathon

I don’t know when my next race will be. And I don’t know if I’ll ever attempt the Glass City (Toledo) Owens Corning™️ Half-Marathon again. But in any event, experience has shown me that it’s good to celebrate this one, now that it’s on the books.

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