Official Training Program of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon

Dave’s MIT (Dave’s Running Shop)

We are proud to again have Dave’s Running Shop as the official training program of the Mercy Health Glass City Marathon. Your personalized training plan will begin in January and have you fully prepared for a great marathon, half marathon, relay or 5k experience in April. Get Faster — Stop into one of Dave’s four locations to learn more.


Dave’s Marathon Training Group gives you the benefit of personal coaching through a training plan designed to enable you to achieve your goal. The Marathon and half marathon program will begin the first week of January 2017. The Mercy Health Glass City Marathon wil be the focus of all the programs offered. Each program will have different pace groups to meet your needs and assigned coaches for each group. Come out and join hundreds of other runners just like you.

The First Timer
So you are looking to complete your first ½ marathon? We will get you from the couch to the finish line with a detailed, 16-week plan that will gradually build your mileage and allow you to get used to the longer training runs little by little.

The Weekend Warrior
You’ve experienced the jubilation of crossing that finish line of a half marathon and you’re ready to step up to 26.2 miles, or improve your time from your previous marathons but not sure how you can do it? Let us take the base you have built and expand upon that to get you in the right pace group again with a detailed plan to help you reach your goals!

The Boston Qualifier
26.2 miles of asphalt, no problem right? What if you want to run that distance in Boston, Massachusetts? Our experienced staff will craft a plan for you to not only push you to your BQ but encourage you and have a lot of fun getting you there in the process.

What we are trying to say is no experience to lots of experience fit into all of our training programs. We would love to share the journey with you as you cross that finish line.

Included in the program will be a gender specific Nike Element 1/2 Zip, North Face Book Bag, and gender specific
In-Training lifestyle t-shirt for the half and full marathoners.

Program Incentives

  • 16-week training program
  • Structured practices with with Indoor Training Dates
  • Included in the program will be a Nike Element Sport Top gender specific
  • North Face Book Bag
  • Next Level In-Training T-Shirt
  • Weekly Guest Speakers or Test Products
  • Weekly Informational Training Emails
  • Active Training Forum

Practice Times
Tuesday Evenings 6:30pm at Bowling Green State University’s Perry Field House – 801 N. Mercer Road Bowling Green, OH 43402
Thursday Evenings 6:30pm at Bowling Green State University’s Perry Field House – 801 N. Mercer Road Bowling Green, OH 43402
Saturday Morning 8:00am Toledo Area Metroparks

Pace Groups (Marathon / Half Marathon — Finish time in Hours:Minutes)

  • 3:15 / 1:37
  • 3:30 / 1:45
  • 3:45 / 1:52
  • 4:05 / 2:02
  • 4:15 / 2:07
  • 4:25 / 2:12
  • 4:40 / 2:20
  • 4:55 / 2:27
  • 5:10 / 2:35
  • 1/2 Marathon Beginner

Prior to the start of the training programs you will receive a welcome letter regarding the logistics of the training. Best of luck and thanks for allowing Dave’s Running the opportunity to coach you.

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* This content is not intended to replace any formal training plans directed by licensed coaches. You should always get your doctors go-ahead prior to embarking on any fitness regime. Mercy Health, Glass City Marathon and the Toledo Roadrunners Club are not offering this content to replace a monitored training plan. — Use this content as conversation starters with your doctors, nutritionists, coaches, etc.