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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



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Running Accomplishments:

I am no great runner, by any means. I'm at an ordinary - or perhaps more like mediocre - level. But that's not important. I am just a girl that loves the fresh air on my face and the feel of my shoes on the pavement.

I began Fast Running Blog a year ago to ensure that each run carried a specific focus to attain my goal of qualifying for Boston. "Ready. Set. Go!" I wrote. And with that, I ran and I ran, day after day piling up miles and races, bit by bit.

During my long distance training runs I discovered that the only opponent I had was myself, the way that I used to be. Had I mproved over yesterday?

As I ran for the last time in the year 2016, I reflected on my blog posts. In all, I ran a total of 2016.89 miles, particpated in 23 races, survived every possible weather condition, and recovered from one injury.

I was a different person and runner than I was 365 days earlier. I was wiser, stronger, and faster and discovered that I could take on any challege that life threw my way. Oh, and by the way, I qualified for Boston!


Short-Term Running Goals:

As long as I have the sense of satisfaction at having done my very best - and, possibly, learned some significant discovery about myself in the process - then that in itself is an accomplishment, a positive feeling that can carry over to the next run or race.

Long-Term Running Goals:

My long-term goal is to be injury-free. I am really focusing on post run stretching and yoga throughout the week.


I am a single mother of two adult children and a grandmother of two grandchildren. I have a great relationshilp with my son and daughter. My son often joins me on my weekend runs. My daughter and I enjoy traveling together.

I proudly teach for the public school system. I teach first grade which is extremely rewarding. I also coach our school's Girls on the Run program. The girls say that I inspire them, but they truly inspire me. Growing up today is difficult. I am glad that there are programs that help our youth learn how to be strong, resillient, and confident.

Miles:This week: 42.40 Month: 200.52 Year: 623.17
Brooks Ghost 8 Lifetime Miles: 515.94
Saucony Triumph Lifetime Miles: 447.12
Brooks Ghost 8 Lifetime Miles: 429.66
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 548.15
Saucony Triumph Iso2 Lifetime Miles: 71.18
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Pace: Tempo (treadmill)

  • 8:57


  • I am really burned out. Trying to figure out how I'll ever be ready for a marathon in 5 weeks.

Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.00
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Pace: 9:52


  • 47° (feels like 42°)
  • Winds N 6mph


  • I am back from a 10 day vacation. My running was a mess. I had not planned on 15 inches of snow and no treadmill. On the days where the temperatures melted the roadways adequately for pedestrian safety, I tried to accumulate high mileage.
  • My goal today was to run 18 miles. I fell short both physically and mentally.
  • I managed to complete 16 miles just under the 2:40:00 goal.
  • Tomorrow is a new day. Sometimes that is as good as it gets.

Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 17.40
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Saucony Triumph Iso2 Miles: 17.40Brooks Ghost 8 Miles: 9.00
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