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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



Goal Type:


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: 0.00 Month: 152.72 Year: 1493.32
Brooks Ghost 9 Lifetime Miles: 174.32
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance

Average Overall Pace: 9.15


  • 69°
  • Wind SE 0 mph
  • Humidity 88%


  • 2 mi - 9:44 / 4 mi - 9:11 / 6 mi - 9:07 / 8 mi - 9:08 / 10 mi - 8 :50 / 10:38 mi  - 8:38
  • I was not in the mood to run this morning. My toes are bothering me inside my shoes. I wonder if my feet are just not used to being in shoes since I am on summer vacation. Too bad I head back to the classroom in 2 weeks!

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 10.54
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Overall Average Pace: 9:25


  • 71°
  • Wind WSW 5 mph
  • Humidity 66%


  • 2 mi - 9:38 / 4 mi - 9:00 / 6 mi - 9:57 / 8 mi - 10:24 / 10 mi - 8:38 / 11:07 mi - 8:38
  • I joined my son at mile 6 - 8 so my pace decreased

Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 11.07
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Average Overall Pace: 9:26


  • 82°
  • Wind 0 mph
  • Humidity 20%

Splits: 1 mi - 10:00 / 2 mi - 9:51 / 3 mi - 9:29 / 4 mi - 9:18 / 5 mi - 9:16 / 6 mi - 8:58 / 6.25 mi - 7:50


Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 6.25
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Brooks Ghost 9 Miles: 27.86
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