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Columbus,IN,United States

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2016



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

Personal Bests:

5K - 23:39:1 / Abby Brinkman 5K 2016

10K - 50:58.2 / Rock N Ready 10K Run 2016

Half-marathon - 01:56:07 / Hilly Half of Brown County 2016

Marathon - 4:08:10 / Indianapolis Monumental Marathon 2016

Short-Term Running Goals:

 I like the fresh air on my face as I step out the front door. I like the sound of my shoes taking their first strikes on the pavement. I like my ponytail whipping from side to side along my back as my pace increases. I like how clear my thoughts become with each passing mile. I like the sense of freedom that I feel in the stillness of the early morning. I like to run!


Long-Term Running Goals:

Running in 2017 did not go well. I finished the year defeated. I seriously questioned if I should even continue running recreationally. I ran a total of 2737.69 miles, but had nothing to show for it. I achieved 0 PR's. I qualified for Boston, but was one of the 5000 non-accepted qualifiers. Even my favorite brand of shoes left my feet calloused and sore.

I intend to start over in 2018 by running fewer miles, resting more, and following a new racing program that incorporates strength and mobility exercises. If you read my blog, feel free to look over my history. Any comments are welcome and greatly appreciated. I'd love to achieve the following this year:

	Finish a race with a PR

	Complete a half-marathon without hitting the wall at mile 11 or mile 12

I just really want to enjoy running again!




I am a first grade teacher. I have two grown children and two grandchildren. I truly enjoy everything about my life!

Miles:This week: 17.57 Month: 63.33 Year: 797.17
Brooks Ghost 11 Lifetime Miles: 63.33
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Workout: Speed work on the treadmill

  • 1.5 mile warm-up @ 10:34 pace
  • 6 x 800m @ 8:34 pace with 400m @ 10:00 pace
  • 1.5 mile cool-down @ 10:20 pace


  • My warm-up and cool-down were probably slower than they should have been, but I am still cautious about my heel. I did not have any pain until the very end of my speed work!


  • 20 minutues weight-lifting
  • 22 mile bike ride - I crashed into a retaining wall today at mile 4. I was unable to clip out of my pedals fast enough. My elbow and wrist took the hardest blows to my body. I'm just stiff and sore, but I'll be back at it tomorrow!

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 7.50
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Workout: 4 easy miles (target pace - 10:15)

Overall Average Pace: 10:01


  • 73°
  • Humidity 90%


  • 1 mi - 10:38 / 2 mi - 10:06 / 3 mi - 9:55 / 4 mi - 9:23


  • I was remiss at taking Tynenol and Advil prior to my run. My heel pain was extremely noticeable. After a few minutes, I stopped and did some additional stretching to the area.This helped significantly.
  • This was the first time since my injury that I've run three days in a run. i have speed work tomorrow on the treadmill. Curious to see how that plays itself out.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 4.02
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Workout: 6 easy miles (target pace - 10:15)

Overall Average Pace: 9:53


  • 74°
  • Wind SSW 7 mph
  • Humidity 61%


  • 1 mi - 10:09 / 2 mi - 10:11 / 3 mi - 9:49 / 4 mi - 9:26 / 5 mi - 10:05 / 6 mi - 9:35


  • My heel hurt quite a bit follwoing yesterday's long run so I KT taped it. The tape seemed to give the heel some added cushion today. Overall, the run felt good. I had to work at slowing my pace. That was an encouraging feeling.

Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 6.05
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Brooks Ghost 11 Miles: 17.57
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